This one is fairly unique - it came into my possesion after my one and only visit to ebay - I don't dare go back, there is just too
much tempting stuff! But it is a little piece of cycling history, so it is nice to have. I bought the frame/fork/aerobar. This bike was
built for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and was ridden in the time trial by one of the US team riders - I don't know who but I like to
think it might have been Lance! Although GT made a similar production machine, the team bikes took everything that little bit
further. Every little aero tweak has been applied to the frame; I don't know how much it is actually worth in practice, but it doesn't
half make it look fast! Before I got it, the frameset was re-sprayed in team colours by the original painter. I already had the
wheels,so it was just a case of bolting the Dura-ace bits on. Despite having it for over 18 months now, due to circumstances I've
actually only ridden it once - I'm really looking forward to racing it next year.
I've just spent a couple of days tweaking the position to get it similar to that on the Scott. The aero bars have now been cut down
a bit, had the armrests cut down and re-shaped, and had custom end plugs added. It seems pretty good now - I certainly couldn't
go any lower, just need to spend some time on it before the first race.
Simple this one - to go fast! Okay I didn't really need another time trial bike, but at the time I was in the US and it was potentially
useful to have a tt bike on both sides of the pond. Plus it is a historical bike - and makes a great piece of art to hang on the wall
when not in use.....
May 2006: I started going quite quick last season, getting my 10 and 25 mile times down to 20:06 and 51:47 respectively. So I felt
I could finally justify purchasing a disc wheel to further the cause. And then for this year I decided to upgrade the front fork to
something rather more aero to match the frame - there's not a lot of choice in 650C aero forks with a 1" threaded steerer, so I had
Argos Cycles custom build a bladed model for me from Reynolds 753 tubing. The result looks fantastic, with the colour being an
almost perfect match. Hopefully it will be worth a few more seconds.....