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Grego

That pursuit bike isn't raked/slammed, though; you can tell from its relatively normal head and seat tube angles that it was built to take the wheels that you see on it. The frame would be waaay laid-back with wheels of the same size.

Champs

That's a "funny bike" for time trialing. A smaller front wheel has obvious weight and especially rotational mass advantages, and it doesn't have serious drawbacks.

There was a golden age of experimentation with road bikes that rivaled the mountain bike in creativity, if not duration. Bikes must now have wheels of equal size. Aero bars are forbidden in mass start races. I know some people don't care for the Lugano restrictions on innovations, but the road discipline needs to at least resemble the machines of old instead of devolving into an arms race to build the lightest, most aerodynamic recumbents.

john h

Special training bike for hills. And somebody lost a cigarette on the window sill.

Sam J

This kind of bicycle is the coolest kind of bicycle I've never had an interest in riding. For me, the lowered position of the downtube shifters make them somewhat aspirational in nature. Don't know that I've ever seen one equipped with a U-lock. And I believe I still haven't seen one with the rear wheel locked.

David

as champs mentioned, it's a funny bike used by time trialists and poseurs alike. this one is most likely a nishiki, which have a characteristic 24" front wheel (not 650c which is more common for the breed). they were thought to be more aerodynamic, but pretty sure that was conjectural, not something proved in the wind tunnel.

as a point of info, these were not used for hills. if you look at tour de france time trials from the 80's when these bikes were popular, everyone used their conventional bikes.

MS

"They were thought to be more aerodynamic, but pretty sure that was conjectural, not something proved in the wind tunnel." Probably true, but pros stopped using them due to UCI restrictions, not necessarily due to any aerodynamic inferiority.

The funny bike also allowed closer drafting in TTT due to the smaller diameter front wheel.

Chris Balcomb

I believe slammed refers to a car that is completely dropped not just the front (I think).

Eamonn McGonigle

"Dangerous" is another word that springs to mind. There must be a very real possibility of a pedal clipping the ground when he leans into a corner.

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