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Breaking away on TV last night(20 posts)

Breaking away on TV last nightdave woof
Jun 2, 2003 12:20 PM
Anyone watch 'Breaking Away' on ABC (I think) last night?
They re-did the scene where Dave was behind the semi-trailer. Instead of being in the small ring and spinning like mad, like he used to be, now he was in the big ring!

I guess they digitally repaired that scene.. hehe

Anyone else notice that?

re: Breaking away on TV last nightClydeTri
Jun 2, 2003 12:23 PM
Dave, if you watch closely, in one scene he is in the big ring, in another not...there is at least two cuts of him behind the big rig..
Jun 2, 2003 3:12 PM
But his top speed behind the semi was sixty??? C'mon! Trick photography at it's finest!
I've done it...russw19
Jun 2, 2003 4:41 PM
Sixty behind a Rinker's Cement truck on US1 just outside of Daytona Beach. 61.5 mph to be exact. It's an interesting thing drafting a large truck at that speed, and scary as hell too. You are in the biggest gear you got, spinning it out, then taping your front brake as the trucks wheels tend to suck you in if you get too close. And the whole time I was dead center behind a wheel hoping if the truck hit an Armadillo, it would be flat and I would ride over it without crashing. The thing is, I would never try this up north, I can't begin to imagine the carnage of hitting a pothole at that speed. I would only do this on a road I was very comfortable with.

Jun 2, 2003 6:51 PM
That's 161 rpms in a 53x11 gear. That's spinning...

Jun 2, 2003 8:38 PM
Like I said... you spin out your largest gear... then you have to tap the front brake as you get close to the rear wheel. The wheels off a truck tend to sort of suck you in. So you have to find the balance between how close you get. Too close, you start to creep in.. too far out, you fall back quick.

I drafted that truck for almost 7 miles.. then I was too tired and the road started to get bumpy and crappy so I backed off.

It was loads of fun, but I don't think I would try it again. Like I said, imagine a pothole or some road kill... hitting that at 60 mph scares the crap out of me. Plus right now I don't think I am fit enough to catch that truck in the first place.

But if anyone wants advice on that sort of thing.. try dump trucks and cement trucks... if they are full, they accelerate very slow..slower than a regular semi. The only catch is that they sit kinda high up so you get pulled in by the back wheels if you get too close.

But be safe!

Oh yeah, and I was in a 53-12, so I was spinning out at more like 170.. but I would only spin for about 5 seconds, rest 5, spin 5, rest 5, so it's not like I was a super track racer, and I was bouncing on the saddle like mad too!
Say, is this movie about bicycling or...eschelon
Jun 2, 2003 12:31 PM
is it a movie that happens to have cycling in it?'ve never seen it? (nm)ColnagoFE
Jun 2, 2003 12:38 PM
I only saw a couple minutes of it...I wasn't diggin the wholeeschelon
Jun 2, 2003 12:59 PM
1980's colored shorts and dirty t-shirts thing and the curly flipped through it.

I have caught you guys talking about it here and there...all I need to know before I go rent it is: Does this movie make you want to go riding after you see know, kinda like beatin your little brother's a55 after you see a Bruce Lee movie? If yes...I am going to rent/buy it...otherwise, I think I will manage living the remainder of my life without seeing it.
yes! more...ClydeTri
Jun 2, 2003 1:04 PM
a great cycling movie, but more importantly , a great movie..was nominated for several oscars..dont remember if it won or not..

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yes it wonChen2
Jun 2, 2003 3:03 PM
Best supporting actor, the father. I think it won something else too. It was nominated for best film. It is rentable.
best screenplay, i believe. (nm)rufus
Jun 2, 2003 3:21 PM
5 Nominations, 1 WinMikeBiker
Jun 2, 2003 3:36 PM
Nominated for:

Best Picture (1979)

Best Director - Peter Yates

Best Actress - Barbara Barrie

Writing (Screenplay written directly for the screen)- Steve Tesich. This is the category that it won for.

Music (Original song score and its adaptation or adaptation score) - Patrick Williams
I only saw a couple minutes of it...I wasn't diggin the wholeTarheel71
Jun 2, 2003 5:36 PM
I hope you weren't really serious about judging a movie by the hair/clothes style of the main characters. This movie would be one of my all-time favorites even if I wasn't into cycling. It's about feelings, relationships, growing up, traditions, things that make life interesting. I found it touching, well-written, heart-warming--if you're just interested in superficial, macho-type action movies, it's not for you. This movie kind of reminds me of another one of my older favorites, "Sunshine", where tough decisions and father-son relationship struggles are important.
all time best cycling movie, in my viewtarwheel
Jun 3, 2003 4:23 AM
I really cannot think of a better cycling movie than Breaking Away. If there is a better one, I haven't seen it. It's also a good movie if you're not into cycling. My wife loved the movie.
Jun 3, 2003 6:22 AM
I have it on tape and dvd now. Great movie. Sometimes on a ride I can't get the music out of my head, the classical opera tune -- can't recall the name.

It *almost* made leg shaving cool...

you've never heard of "Breaking Away?" (nm)laffeaux
Jun 2, 2003 12:39 PM
This is one of those " I WasThere!" posts...chipnseal
Jun 2, 2003 4:31 PM
I was a student at Indiana University (class of 1980) during the filming. Steve Tesich was an avid rider and writer, being credited with the screenplay.

Somewhere I saw a short on making the movie. For example, the scene behind the big rig was just that-a rigged bicycle on a boom, like a mechanical bull of sorts. Anyway, as the story goes that particular actor was scared sh..less of the whole scene, and was not a rider to begin with.

I love the movie because I see friends and frat brothers that made themselves immortal by showing up for the scenes involving extras. I wish I had one of the old AMF Roadmaster bikes that were used. All the bikes were set up the same, but good wrenches (like myself!) good trick 'em out a little. Messing with the hub bearings was one way...

Bloomington and the surrounding area of southern Indiana is truly beautiful!

A native Hoosier
This is one of those " I WasThere!" posts...dave woof
Jun 2, 2003 5:45 PM
The rider was not Dennis Christopher but someone else, a local racer I think.. look at his legs... and yes he did draft that truck at about 60 mph.


think I read about it in Bicycling mag long time ago..

and in the small ring! (or so the close-up "showed") (nm)Look381i
Jun 2, 2003 5:56 PM