Pro Ball Bicyclists

I think most cyclists were confused by the media reaction to Lebron James commuting to work on a bike. As Lebron said himself, what was the big deal?

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King James commutes by bike

Photo: @jackNruth

It wasn’t any deal and especially to those of us who ride in a city with pro ball. Local builders in Seattle, like Davidson and Erickson, have built custom bikes for big and tall customers. @Dschrempf used to raced with us. I mentioned that on Facebook and friends responded with their Detlef stories.

While the media continues to marvel at Lebron James commuting to work on a bike and wondering if/how that affects his game, I remembered how many times I’ve been in a bike race with @Dschrempf. A few and this one time, we locked bars at Ballard going into turn one.

Detlef’s bars were enormously wide, like scaffolding that held him upright. As we turned, I rode under and up into them. When I steadied myself against Detlef, my helmet was in his ribs.

Brian Snyder wrote

Drafted behind him for almost 75 miles in Bellingham. What a motor.

And Matthew Hill added

I will never forget Det’s big crash at the Redmond Derby. He caught big air… HUGE air. When he launched, a gigantic shadow eclipsed the sun as he flew off the bike. It was like an airplane was attempting to land in the field, the sun was totally eclipsed. As he flew through the air, arms outstretched, you could feel the “holy sh**!” wave pass through the peloton… a 7 foot tall man hurled into the air like a giant, airborne starfish, followed immediately by the largest race bike the world has ever seen. It cut a wake of chaos unlike any I have ever seen…

Photos

Brian shared photos from his days with Det on the Byrne Invent team.

Det rolling

Photo: b.p.s



2 Comments

When I rode for UF, one of my frequent ride partners was 6’7” Eli. I’m 5’3”.  Handlebar overlap is something we avoided, because my bar could literally pass underneath his and then become entangled. Neither of us could draft the other that well; the biggest part of his draft was actually too high for me to fully exploit.

And vice versa. I’ve ridden with a teammate named Angelo who is good on the climbs and worthless on the flats. He has NO draft whatsoever and is about your height. Look closely at Det’s head tube .. it’s the size of the guy’s shins next to him.

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