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    What is so special about this bike?

    Hint; take a guess how much does it weighs.

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    I was going to say its orange.

    But because of the hint, really light?
    Trust me, I'm lying.

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    its made out of unobtanium


    mexico city hour record bike

    brad, i cant see the weight on the placard
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    Really light..

    Quote Originally Posted by Offtime3123
    I was going to say its orange.

    But because of the hint, really light?
    On October 12 (edited s/b 25), 1972 it was 12.2 lbs plus the weight of its namesake.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoolister
    its made out of unobtanium

    mexico city hour record bike

    brad, i cant see the weight on the placard
    I know I blanked it out; kinda gave it away..

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    Quote Originally Posted by aka brad
    On October 12, 1972 it was 12.2 lbs plus the weight of its namesake.



    I know I blanked it out; kinda gave it away..

    Brad
    wow

    but i think you got your dates mixed up
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    if i recall it was oct. 25, '72
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    1 o 2 L's

    Quote Originally Posted by aka brad
    On October 12, 1972 it was 12.2 lbs plus the weight of its namesake.



    I know I blanked it out; kinda gave it away..

    Brad
    i still cant see it
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    It's the bike Merckx (the "cannibal") rode to set the 1 hour record of 49.431 km on October 25th, 1972 and this record stood until 2000 until Boardman beat it by a mere 30 metres.

    For the record...Lance Armstrong wears Eddie Mercx pyjamas.

    This is why:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddy_Merckx#Hour_record
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    Indeed it was..

    Quote Originally Posted by monogod
    if i recall it was oct. 25, '72
    edited for accuracy..
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    It wasn't there..

    Quote Originally Posted by hollister
    i still cant see it
    Only the fact that it was Merckx hour bike. The weight was a red herring because I thought it was too easy a question..
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    Quote Originally Posted by aka brad
    Hint; take a guess how much does it weighs.

    1G1G. Brad
    The bike has been documented to be 5.75kg, 5.9kg, and also 12 pounds 1 5/8 oz.

    I've researched this a LOT and don't believe the 12 pounds plus change weight is accurate for the bike he actually rode. My theory is that the bike was ridden (in a heavier state, similar to the photo) and after the record was established Ernesto (Colnago) reconfigured that bike or some other bike with some crazy drillium parts for show. It was likely the *show* weight that was in the 12 pounds range and that weight became well known.

    Were you to throw the bike in the photo on a nice digital scale I'd bet it's around 14 pounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terminaut
    Were you to throw the bike in the photo on a nice digital scale I'd bet it's around 14 pounds.
    Just to follow up, I have the closest thing to the actual Hour Record bike that a mere mortal can ride. It's a '72 Colnago that came from Pino Morroni (who also contributed to the bike seen on display) and I'm still tracking its exact origins. The frameset has identical geometry to the hour record bike's specs and was built to use Pino's bottom bracket just like the hour record bike. Pino also drilled the steerer tube extensively for additional weight savings. By my estimation, the Hour Record bike an my bike should be very close in weight (I actually have some lighter parts) but my bike is still in the 14 pounds range.


    <img src="https://www.chainedrevolution.com/images/bikes/merckx/eddyrecordora.jpg">

    <img src="https://www.chainedrevolution.com/images/bikes/merckx/drillium.jpg">

    <img src="https://www.chainedrevolution.com/images/bikes/merckx/recordtribute.jpg">

    Oh... and here's Eddy fondling the frame.

    <img src="https://www.chainedrevolution.com/images/bikes/merckx/signed.jpg">

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    Thanks Term..

    Quote Originally Posted by terminaut
    The bike has been documented to be 5.75kg, 5.9kg, and also 12 pounds 1 5/8 oz.

    I've researched this a LOT and don't believe the 12 pounds plus change weight is accurate for the bike he actually rode. My theory is that the bike was ridden (in a heavier state, similar to the photo) and after the record was established Ernesto (Colnago) reconfigured that bike or some other bike with some crazy drillium parts for show. It was likely the *show* weight that was in the 12 pounds range and that weight became well known.

    Were you to throw the bike in the photo on a nice digital scale I'd bet it's around 14 pounds.
    The depth of this forum is amazing; and you didn't even chastise me for being for gullible.

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    This bike is in a subway station in Anderlecht near Brussels. I live 1 mile from this world record bike.

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    Here's an interview with Colnago about the bike:

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/sponsors/...o/?id=colnago5

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dekes
    This bike is in a subway station in Anderlecht near Brussels. I live 1 mile from this world record bike.
    COOL!!! Are you any good with a camera (or know somebody who is)? I would dearly appreciate some detailed/closeup photos of the actual bike and gladly compensate any assistance in this matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terminaut
    Just to follow up, I have the closest thing to the actual Hour Record bike that a mere mortal can ride. It's a '72 Colnago that came from Pino Morroni (who also contributed to the bike seen on display) and I'm still tracking its exact origins. The frameset has identical geometry to the hour record bike's specs and was built to use Pino's bottom bracket just like the hour record bike. Pino also drilled the steerer tube extensively for additional weight savings. By my estimation, the Hour Record bike an my bike should be very close in weight (I actually have some lighter parts) but my bike is still in the 14 pounds range.


    <img src="https://www.chainedrevolution.com/images/bikes/merckx/eddyrecordora.jpg">

    <img src="https://www.chainedrevolution.com/images/bikes/merckx/drillium.jpg">

    <img src="https://www.chainedrevolution.com/images/bikes/merckx/recordtribute.jpg">

    Oh... and here's Eddy fondling the frame.

    <img src="https://www.chainedrevolution.com/images/bikes/merckx/signed.jpg">
    the pic with eddy and the frame, last year IB?
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    I *heart* this thread.
    Please enjoy seeing this terrible collection of me - something wonderful is about to happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hollister
    the pic with eddy and the frame, last year IB?
    'Twas indeed. Got Eddy to sign the top tube. This year I'm hoping to meet up with Ernesto to ask him about the frame and also get him to sign the opposite side of the top tube.

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    what's special about the bottom bracket?
    Only boring people get bored.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jh_on_the_cape
    what's special about the bottom bracket?
    Pino Morroni along with his partner Cecil Behringer were early pioneers of using titanium for bike parts and one of the things Pino did was to create a cartridge bottom bracket with a titanium spindle. His theory for obtaining optimal bearing alignment is that a perfectly machined cartridge housing must be used rather than two cups which were the norm back then.

    The tricky thing was that the threads in the the bottom bracket had to be clocked the same all the way through in order to accept the Pino BB. Apparently that wasn't easy to do with the toolings available back then (and I think it's still not easy).

    Anyways, I think his BB is the smoothest I've ever seen. I shot an interesting video of the (insanely) smooth action of my cranks self-leveling and you can see it by downloading this 2MB clip:

    <a href="https://www.chainedrevolution.com/images/bikes/merckx/pino_bb.wmv">Click here for the Pino BB video</a>


    <img src="https://www.chainedrevolution.com/images/bikes/merckx/pinobbshell.jpg">

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    Quote Originally Posted by terminaut
    COOL!!! Are you any good with a camera (or know somebody who is)? I would dearly appreciate some detailed/closeup photos of the actual bike and gladly compensate any assistance in this matter.
    I'm preparing myself for the upcoming exams at the moment. Is it ok to get some more pics at the end of june?

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    that video is magical

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    That video is indeed wonderful.. wow

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dekes
    I'm preparing myself for the upcoming exams at the moment. Is it ok to get some more pics at the end of june?
    Yeeha! No hurry at all... Whenever it's convenient for you would be more than perfect timing. Just send me an email or PM me before you go and I'll send you sample photos of the details I'm interested in. I would be most grateful!

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    More info on Eddy's hour bike. That is the most beautiful, sexy and downright coolest bike on the planet.

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    You guys are sick

    This may be the best thread ever.

    My cousin has been hording/letting collect cob webs an extra large red as hell early 80's? Campy equipped Pinerello track bike for quit a few years, any ideas where he might find a good home for this fossil?

    I'll try to get some pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssmike
    More info on Eddy's hour bike. That is the most beautiful, sexy and downright coolest bike on the planet.
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    Quite amazing!
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    I've got quite an extensive collection of Merckx stuff. If I get some time I'll try and post some of the material.

    I assume you guys reading this thread dig Eddy and in that case here's a streaming video of an interview with Eddy that has some great footage of the actual record ride (I'll leave it up for a while but it'll eventually be taken down).

    <a href="mms://streaming.automaticresponse.com/chainedrevolution/merckx.wmv">Eddy Merckx video</a>


    Check out how tight Eddy's holding the line in this photo so that he minimizes "wasted distance" during the record...

    <img src="https://www.chainedrevolution.com/images/bikes/merckx/misc/holdtheline.jpg">

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    Thanx,

    Great thread
    Thanx .

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    I'm A Bike Nerd!

    That video is hella kewl.

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    I agree that the Merckx bike is one of the sweetest rides ever and not just because Eddie rode it when he established the hour record but because of the exceptional planning and design that went into making it.

    They were afraid that Merckx would break the bike before he got it up to speed due to his immense power and this was a guy who had already raced a full season !

    He is the greatest cyclist ever.

    Mebbe that's why I chose an orange bike as my fixie too...
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    Not only is that the smoothest BB in the history of cycling, but you have possibly the only fully balanced set of cranks and pedals in existance. They could be on a freakin' Walmart frame and it'd still be the best video ever.

    How stupid do I feel getting so excited about a video of cranks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bike Nazi
    This may be the best thread ever.

    My cousin has been hording/letting collect cob webs an extra large red as hell early 80's? Campy equipped Pinerello track bike for quit a few years, any ideas where he might find a good home for this fossil?

    I'll try to get some pictures.
    I know a great place for it. MY HOUSE!!!!!! How XL is it?

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    Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this thread.

    I'm in my mid 20's and have only been cycling seriously for a few years. I wish I had a better grasp on our sport's history.
    Either you rode today, or you didn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terminaut
    Oh... and here's Eddy fondling the frame.

    <img src="https://www.chainedrevolution.com/images/bikes/merckx/signed.jpg">
    ...and here's Ernesto proudly holding his creation.

    <img src="https://chainedrevolution.com/CS/photos/default/images/551/original.aspx">

    Money-shot... Top tube is now personally signed by both Ernesto and Eddy:

    <img src="https://www.chainedrevolution.com/images/bikes/merckx/geom/signatures.jpg">

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    Quote Originally Posted by terminaut
    ...and here's Ernesto proudly holding his creation.

    <img src="https://chainedrevolution.com/CS/photos/default/images/551/original.aspx">

    Money-shot... Top tube is now personally signed by both Ernesto and Eddy:

    <img src="https://www.chainedrevolution.com/images/bikes/merckx/geom/signatures.jpg">
    you have all the cool toys

    edit: is that a NCR poggipolini in the pic behind ernesto?
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