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Lance Armstrong Before Trek?(18 posts)

Lance Armstrong Before Trek?joeg26er
May 9, 2002 7:02 PM
I am mostly from offroad background so thanks for your patience with my question.

What kind of bike did Lance Armstrong ride before he was paid to ride bikes?

Is Trek the only bike Lance has raced on?
Caloi was anotherlnin0
May 9, 2002 7:15 PM
Prior to his comeback Lance road for the now defunct American Motorola team. They rode Caloi bikes (at least in '95).

Not sure what else Lance has had. He started riding for Subaru but I don't recall what bikes they rode.

Most of the pros ride bikes built for their size and style. Much like the Campy vs Shimano debate - riders ride what the sponsers give them - not what they would pick out in the store if they had to buy their own stuff. Heck, way back when 7-11 was the American team they rode bikes branded with the HUFFY name.
caloi was just the name on the tube...merckx56
May 10, 2002 6:08 AM
in smaller letters under caloi, it said "by eddy merckx". they were actually merckx built framesets. merckx entered into an agreement with caloi to import his bikes into south america and in lieu of cash, they wanted their name on the frames in the european peloton. lotto also rode rebadged merckx/caloi frames at this time.
they were sold here in a limited run.colker
May 10, 2002 7:47 AM
caloi is a brazilian company. they are one if not the largest aluminum bike frame facility in the world.
i saw the merckx bike once. lugged steel. lifted it. it was heavy. don't know what tubing was there.
I had forgottengrandemamou
May 10, 2002 8:12 AM
about Huffy. I don't know how they pulled that off with a straight face.
re: Lance Armstrong Before Trek?pina
May 9, 2002 7:16 PM
He has raced professional on Merckx steel/Merckx ti/litespeed and Trek carbon. During his cancer he had Fondriest Aluminum Top Lite's.
What Bike Did Lance Ride BEFORE He Was Paid To Ride Bikes?joeg26er
May 9, 2002 7:31 PM
I really want to know what kind of bike Lance had BEFORE he was paid to ride bikes.
Here's oneboneman
May 10, 2002 3:43 AM
He rode a Serotta on the national team
read his book--it's all in there. nmJS Haiku Shop
May 10, 2002 5:01 AM
What Bike Did Lance Ride BEFORE He Was Paid To Ride Bikes?merckx56
May 10, 2002 6:11 AM
on a trainer at his house, in his entertainment room, i saw a cannondale (gasp!) 2.8 frame that had been painted some funky purple swirl color.
re: Lance Armstrong Before Trek?rwbadley
May 10, 2002 7:48 AM
According to book of Schwinn Lance rode Paramount at some point in the 80's
Caloi brand but made by Eddy Merckxelviento
May 9, 2002 7:31 PM
I also remember after he recovered from cancer, he rode for Cofidis briefly, so may be he used MBK for a short time?

Don't know what he used when he was a triathlete.
Caloi brand but made by Eddy MerckxJambo
May 9, 2002 9:13 PM
Back then Cofidis was riding Fondriest frames.
re: Lance Armstrong Before Trek?cyclopathic
May 9, 2002 7:51 PM
his first race (at age 13) was on Mercier (first "real" bike), he writes about it in his book
Motobecane!!! :-) (nm)SnowBlind
May 10, 2002 7:02 AM
It's not about the bike. (nm)laffeaux
May 10, 2002 7:21 AM
re: Lance Armstrong Before Trek?legs
May 10, 2002 10:19 PM
no one remembers the subaru boys and eddie b.. and their merlins..?
Lance Armstrong Before and During Trek?GW Rider
May 11, 2002 5:30 AM
Lance rode on a rebadged Lightspeed TT bike during the 1999 tour. This was before Trek developed their carbon TT bike.