These photos were taken from an Obree fanatic’s tumblr spot and as you go through his pages you’ll just how much of a fanatic he is. The guy is an absolute genius and you too will believe this once you see what he himself has built.
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Remember a few days back I posted a story about Major Taylor’s words of wisdom?
Well a chap named Chris Piascik has taken these words and translated them through the medium of illustration. He says “I’ve decided I am going to draw all of Major Taylor’s “Clean Living Guidelines.” When I finish I am going to make a zine out of it!” Nice.
Here you can see Chris’ interpretation of “Don’t be a big bluffer” and you can see more of this great series right here on Chris Piascik’s web spot.
Spotted at Prolly.
Saw this real nice post over at Freeman Transport of some of the wise words from inspirational champion track rider Major Taylor.
Major Taylor’s celebrated values remain relevant to this day — not just for those who strive to succeed as a champion, but for those who desire to achieve in all aspects of life:
Don’t try to “gyp.”
Don’t be a pie biter.
Don’t keep late hours.
Don’t use intoxicants.
Don’t be a big bluffer.
Don’t eat cheap candies.
Don’t get a swelled head.
Don’t use tobacco in any form.
Don’t fail to live a clean life.
Don’t forget to play the game fair.
Don’t take in unfair advantage of an opponent.
Don’t forget the practice of good sportsmanship.
“These rules may seem simple enough, but it will require great morale and physical courage to adhere to them. But if carried out in the strict sense of the word it will surely lead to a greater success than could otherwise be attained.“
–Major Taylor, The Fastest Bicycle Rider In The World, 1928.
In an interview in Cycling Plus magazine reveals that Obree (43 ) says he is training to beat the current hour record but this time on a standard double triangle steel framed ‘safety’ bicycle. He says “I’m not saying that I will break the hour record, but I am aspiring to do it.”
Since the UCI banned anything other than standard bicycles with spoked wheels the distances and records have somewhat fell off but Obree plans to remedy that… on this:
As he did with his previous hour records, Obree has built his own bike for this attempt. It’s made out of Reynolds 653 tubing and weighs over the UCI limit of 6.8 kilos. “I’ve built it within the limiting factors of the regulations,” he said. “It’s deliberately long so my arms are stretched onto the drops for the best aero position. It’s also longer at the rear as this puts weight towards the front of the bike.”
The bike also features another Obree trademark, a huge gear: 138 inches (67×13) to be exact. He’s been pedaling this on his evening training sessions, which typically last between two and two-and-a-half hours.
The current record, using ‘modern’ UCI rules, is 49.7km, held by Czech Ondrej Sosenka. In the past, when the rules allowed for more aerodynamic bikes, Obree twice broke the record: 51.596km in 1993 and 52.713km in 1994.
Go on Graeme! I am rooting for you.
Via Bike Radar.
His hour record attempt… on film yo!
Here is Eddy Merckx again, during his triumphant attempt at breaking the hour record distance by riding 49.431 km in an hour.
Although adorned with Windsor stickers at the time, the actual bike used during the record is now well-known to be a highly custom Colnago Pista equipped with various parts of magnesium and titanium that were provided by Pino Morroni.
Also peep this older Spinwell post of his hour record bike.