The 80’s and 90’s were a wild time for track bikes as design teams competed for gains through technological innovation. Cinelli was right there in the melee shaving power loss through aerodynamic design in partnership with Columbus tubing. The resulting Cinelli Laser changed bicycle design forever, winning more track world championships and Olympic gold medals than any other bicycle in the history of the sport. Andrea Pesenti’s hand-hammered steel gussets curved elegantly between tube junctions producing a fluid, edgeless art that slid through the air and whose DNA can be seen in all of today’s curvy carbon racing machines. Antonio Colombo brought vision and fidelity to art in design. Paolo Erzegovesi brought revolutionary engineering through liberation from lugs telling him where tubing should intersect and at what angle. These customizations nudged riders over the finish line first and set off raging bike crushes on Lasers that some of us never recovered from.
A few years back, we would post the bikes from the readers of this site, in a feature dubbed Readers’ Rides. Well, we’ve been getting a bunch of inquiries over the years as to if or when we’re bringing these posts back and the answer is yes! They will be cut and dry, down and dirty, cell phone style photos. As you can imagine, this will open the torrent of submissions, so hold tight until I can set up a new email address for this next week.
After yesterday’s OysterBar post, the designer of the bar shared his Moots and a little back story. I thought it was a perfect seque into relaunching this fun feature…
Think you need a car? Think again…
“CarGoAway™ is Ti Cycles Fabrication’s platform of customizable cargo bike configurations, handbuilt in Portland, Oregon, USA. With options to carry up to 4 passengers, solar and dynamo battery charging systems, 300lb XL cargo area, clean and reliable belt drive, and electric assist motor, each bike is custom tailored, made to order.
Utilitarian. Green. Strong. Fun. Swift. #CarGoAway™”
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For 25 years straight, these were some of the noises coming from the shop at Ti Cycles.
What in the world is going on here? Whatever it is, I’m paying attention, Ti Cycles.