I miss the 80s: weird track bikes.

Unlike a lot of steel track bikes you’ll see at NAHBS which are built to look cool, these track bikes were meant to be ridden and ridden fast. The first was a bike built for Francesco Moser in an attempt to better his Hour Record. The bike uses what appears to be a 650C front wheel as was common for pursuit bikes at the time, and on the rear is a big f**k-off wheel. The Yeti bike on the bottom was a kilo TT bike for American Rory O’Reilly, and uses 24” wheel front and back. About a six of these bikes were made for O’Reilly and four team pursuiters. Perhaps these bikes were evolutionary dead ends, but they sure were interesting.

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Moser’s bike looks like it has a 45-47tooth chainring or possibly smaller with maybe a 20t cog….I bet that gear is still hella steep. And then get a load of the Yeti’s gigantor chainring.



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Rory seemed to have a thing for small wheels. I remember seeing him riding a Nobilette that had, I believe, 20” wheels. Thing looked like a circus clown bike (albeit a REALLY fast circus clown!)

i had heard that too about Rory….i vaguely remember reading a quote from him where he mentioned trying smaller and smaller wheels for kilo TT…the limit being them skipping too much on the starts, i think, though it might have been a stability at speed thing.

for readers who didnt know, Rory was the best kilo rider for a number of years in the US.

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