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Great Weekly Pic on Graham Watsons website(16 posts)

Great Weekly Pic on Graham Watsons websiteCima Coppi
Dec 28, 2001 10:36 AM
Check this one out from I believe the '88 Giro (when Andy Hampsten claimed the only American Giro victory to date). Note the Colnago symbol on the Delta brakes, and all of the riders using toe clips (still the early days of clipless pedals)

great image, but...Dog
Dec 28, 2001 10:43 AM
Why no helmets? Can't use the "overheating" one there!

I do see one hair-net...Cima Coppi
Dec 28, 2001 10:46 AM
On a rider behind and to the left of Ron Kiefel. Does that count??

I guess that was a long time agoDog
Dec 28, 2001 10:50 AM
I suppose they weren't as "enlightened" back then. :-)

How can you see who is who??PaulCL
Dec 28, 2001 11:41 AM
Their faces are down. I recognize the caps. What other Americans are in the photo?
Here's what I can see...Cima Coppi
Dec 28, 2001 1:39 PM
Ron Kiefel has an unmistakable face. He is right of center, and wearing a green shell and a red cap. The only other rider I recognize is Robert Miller, who is the little guy at the far left of the picture in the blue jacket and yellow gloves.

One thing is for certain, this picture shows how fashinable cycling clothing was (and still is!!).

climbing daysFrenchPress
Dec 28, 2001 11:21 AM
The second rider from the left has a hairnet under his hat (very Flemish).

Most pro's feel the climbing stages are actually safer than flat days. so helmets aren't as needed. he only fast time is the descent, and those are usually single file and safe. Now, on a day like that with snow and stuff, that's a different store. They were probably just trying to stay warm and wear wvery hat they had.
i feel sorry for them.......secourir
Dec 28, 2001 11:05 AM
as the owner of more than 1/2 dozen sets of delta brakes in a period of over 15 years i would hate to think of their chances of braking efficiently on a descent in that weather in what is a competative race.

the fact that they have hair nets of just caps really makes the situation decidely more than dangerous.

i would feel much safer with a sudden onset of priapism at an angry lesbian convention.

i would even prefer to be the crocodile hunters stuntman.

i would rather ride the descent on a fixed gear bike.

actually anything other than delta's on a descent in the wet is better.
i feel sorry for them.......morey
Dec 28, 2001 11:18 AM
Actually priapism at a lesbian convention can be a good thing. Many lesbians have other habits also!
Yeah, yeah, yeah,Kerry Irons
Dec 28, 2001 4:30 PM
we've heard it all before. In fact, Delta brakes (properly set up) work just fine. The peloton could have used Record if they felt the Deltas didn't work and guess what, THEY DIDN'T. I rode those brakes for a decade and never had any problems.
Ahh! Brake Cables!MisJG
Dec 28, 2001 11:16 AM
A couple of the riders even have EXPOSED BRAKE CABLES!!!
What a Peleton faux pas that would be these days!
Great picture though, esp here in the midwest (Chicagoland, 20 degrees today).
I have new wallpaper, Mario C in his "Muscle" skin-suit will have to be retired for a while!
Ahh! Brake Cables!guido
Dec 28, 2001 9:29 PM
Yeah, they made a straight run to the calipers, too, and worked really well even on mediocre side pull brakes. Dual pivot calipers were a necessary modification to compensate for the technically inferior "aero-dynamic" brake levers that everyone went to, Lemming like, because the setup looked "cleaner."
Great picture. I made it my new wallpaper. (nm)Dave Hickey
Dec 28, 2001 11:30 AM
me too - love those delta brakes (nm)dzrider
Dec 28, 2001 12:43 PM
Campy should make a carbon delta nmDog
Dec 28, 2001 2:38 PM
I know I'm a bike geek because...rollo tommassi
Dec 28, 2001 1:54 PM
that photo gave me goosebumps!!!!

thanks for the end of the week shot in the arm.

It's butt cold here, and I have a headache, and etc etc etc. but looking at that I realise - what am I complaining about?!?!?!?

I must, I must, I must go and spin on my trainer tonight!!