Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Smokin Joe, 17 Nov 2014.
Eugene Christophe, 1913
Some nice pics there! I have the TDF 2003 centenary book http://www.amazon.com/The-Official-Tour-France-Centennial/dp/1841882399 loads of pics just a pity it has Lance on the front.
The Old Gaul. The first man to wear the yellow jersey, introduced in 1919.
My two favorites..
Didn't look like the tyres/tubs were too reliable in those days!
I've linked to this several times, but I didn't realise that it's an outtake from a short documentary, directed by Louis Malle! You can see the entire documentary, without subtitles on vimeo, and you can find a transcript of the text here. Haven't watched the whole thing yet, but the transcript has the explicitly dealing with doping around the 10.30 mark.
Nope, that was another reason Christophe didn't win in 1919. People felt so sorry for him after the broken fork episode and the p-fairy visits, that they raised a fund for him greater than the purse for the TDF. (Jean -Paul Ollivier, Maillot Jaune)
Eugene Christophe. I think the penalty was of the order of 15 minutes but fixing the fork took several hours.
***Not quite: Wikipedia
"It took two hours to reach the forge. Lecomte offered to weld the broken forks back together but a race official and managers of rival teams would not allow it. A rider, said the rules, was responsible for his own repairs and outside assistance was prohibited. Christophe set about the repair as Lecomte told him what to do. It took three hours and the race judge penalised him 10 minutes - reduced later to three - because Christophe had allowed a seven-year old boy, Corni, to pump the bellows for him"
I've been up there. I think they try to discourage cyclists nowadays though. Too many crashes maybe.
Does that bike have gears? I cant see a rear derailure, but the chain line looks wrong back to the front chain ring
Looks like it has a chain tensioning device. Could be that it has an early gear mechanism that is changed from the top by back pedalling.
Like the one in the second pic here http://www.bikeraceinfo.com/photo-galleries/derailleurs-1.html
As you can see they were maintained by pouring hot tea onto them from a thermos flask.
Could be an Osgear - http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/osgear.html
Used to have to reach down and change the gears manually, by moving the chain by hand.
Don't know if this has already been posted, but the Grauniad put up some pictures to celebrate the Badger's 60th birthday last week, here: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/gallery/2014/nov/14/bernard-hinault-cycling-in-pictures
Thanks for that, I've been after that picture of the three up sprint since it featured on the cover of a Madison Freewheel catalogue (How we ordered stuff pre internet) back in the eighties. It's now my desktop wallpaper.
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