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What is the most UCI "illegal" bicycle out there?(10 posts)

What is the most UCI "illegal" bicycle out there?Synchronicity
Aug 26, 2003 11:04 PM
I think it's about time we all saw a couple of pics of those really radical bikes that the UCI stuffed-shirts don't approve of.

What I'd like to see are complete bikes with as many illegal parts as possible.
I don't know how to insert pictures though,
so you'll have to accept my link contributions:

http://www.cas-bikes.com/galley2003/zr8rtside1.jpg
http://www.yamaguchibike.com/html/v-tech.html
http://www.cyclingnews.com/tech/2001/photos/nov15tech/TTbike.shtml
http://www.lunt.demon.co.uk/bike.htm
http://www.phm.gov.au/hsc/bike/#
http://www.softride.com/bike/classicTT.asp
and of course
http://weightweenies.starbike.com/articles.php?ID=21

Plus there's MY Kestrel, and I'm sure there are many, many others. :-)
just about any recumbent would do it nmDougSloan
Aug 27, 2003 2:46 AM
HPV w/ full fairing...OffTheBack
Aug 27, 2003 4:02 AM
OK, this is a tricycle, but you get the idea
Greenspeed HPV w/o full fairing...ohmk1
Aug 27, 2003 4:54 AM
I know most of the people on this board detest recumbents, but don't ever lose a chance to test ride one of these. You'll have a grin as wide as Texas.
Greenspeed HPV w/o full fairing...bimini
Aug 27, 2003 7:12 AM
If I ever got to the point due to aches, pains or whatever where I could not ride a road bike I would get the Greenspeed.

I was riding in a 4 bike paceline this year on RAGBRAI and we saw a recumbent ahead. I though it would be an easy pass. No way. This guy was riding solo and we had to work for 3 miles to pass running speeds of about 28 MPH. When I got up to him I said you really made us work. He just grinned.

When I was riding home afterwards I caught up with an older gentleman on another Greenspeed. He had rode it from St. Paul MN to the West side of Iowa, then Ragbrai and was riding it back home. We rode together and chated for about 70 miles at a moderate pace.

He let me take it out for a spin. Pretty neat. It handled like a sports car.

The Greenspan is a serious bike, FOR A RECUMBENT:)
My 1999 Litespeed Ultimatepmf1
Aug 27, 2003 7:12 AM
Its got that evil bent seat tube. I think it adds 2.5 mph easily. Its no wonder UCI banned it -- its a totally unfair advantage.
The ObreeContinental
Aug 27, 2003 8:23 AM
Check out the article linked below if you haven't read it yet.

http://www.bicycling.com/article/0,5073,4901,00.html?category_id=363
Wow. Thanks for that link. fascinating story (nm).Creaky Carnivore
Aug 27, 2003 10:17 AM
No words to describe it.Synchronicity
Aug 27, 2003 5:29 PM
What a story! Thanks for sharing that link. Those UCI plonkers ought to just bugger off. LET PEOPLE RIDE HOWEVER THEY DAMN-WELL LIKE. The bike he built himself cost $200, and the UCI complains that they're only trying to "make the sport accessible". TOTAL B.S. They're just a bunch of nostalgic dictators!!

But what a man! Kind of reminds me of Van Gogh, but in a different way of course. He wasn't really socially accepted when he was alive either.
I think it's incredible, what Graeme Obree has done. I knew a little of how he built the bike himself at the time, but I didn't know he didn't have sponsors, coaches and all that. To accomplish that all by himself was simply amazing.

Again, thanks for that link - quite a long story but WELL worth the read!
re: What is the most UCI "illegal" bicycle out there?brider
Aug 27, 2003 10:36 AM
The thing to remember is that most of those TT bikes, while not UCI legal, ARE triathlon legal.