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Welcome to cycloretro.com
Cycloretro is a place on the web that showcases the Concorde bicycle from the 1980s and 1990s, and the professional cycling team PDM who dominated professional European cycling at that time.
But the website is not just about PDM and Concorde bicycles. Cycloretro is for all who have a interest in retro bicycles of all kinds and from any time.
So please explore the website and enjoy...
Working out the correct frame size & seat height.
Many years ago I read a lot of books and articles on finding the correct riding position and frame size. Many pro cyclists of the time like Bernard Hinault, Greg Lemond and Sean Kelly all had slightly different riding positions and opinions. After testing all theories with my own bike I found these formulas to work quite well:
To find the correct seat height
Your Inseam Measurement
= Seat Height.
(measured from center of pedal axle to top of saddle)
To work out the correct frame size:
- Crank Length
- Seatpost with Seat attached Length
= Seat Tube Size.
(based on traditional geometry)
Once you have the correct seat tube size its easy to estimate the correct top tube length.
To find the desired riding reach:
Your Torso + Arm Length
divided by 2
= Riding Reach.
(Riding reach is measured from center of handlebars to center of saddle)
Your Torso / Arm Reach is measured by sitting on a box or bench with your feet flat on the floor and your knees at 90º, push your bum into the corner and reach touching the wall. The measurement from your reach to the seat is your Torso / Arm Reach, divide that measurement by 2 and that measurement will = your desired Riding Reach.
I used the above formulas for most of the my riding, but occassionally I raised the seat height slightly for shorter races or criteriums. You may also find you will need to tweak the results, but the above formulas are a very good starting point - give it a try.
Moser Leader Project
I wasn't really looking for another project right at this time, but when this Moser Leader appeared on ebay and the seller was local, I couldn't let it go. Eventually I'll build this with 1st Generation Campagnolo and delta brakes - should look great and can't wait to ride it.
Notice there's no seatpost clamp, this particular leader has a quill style seatpost which came with the bike :) The tubing is Columbus treated by Oria, GM0.0 version.
So here's the Moser all finished and rides fantastic, very smooth, not a rattle and feels very responsive when out of the saddle.
Here's some cool images of Steven Rooks's bike as he would have raced on in 1988 from Robin, taken in 2013.
Notice the huge head tube and extension section. This was a common way the reduce flex on large frames.
The seat tube was also extended, but notice not as much as the head tube - Steven Rooks always rode a more upright position.
On the right is Steven Rooks and behind him the bike, while on the left is Theunisse another great rider of PDM and the 80s.
Another of LeMond's Bikes...
Here's a recent build I completed, a Greg Lemond Z Team bike from 1990 to 1991. I built up as Greg and the other Z Team riders would have in the day, with full Campagnolo C Record group and Scott Drop-in bars. Still today the bike looks awesome and is a real head-turner.
Steven Rooks's PDM bike work in progress.
A friend of mine bought this bike on ebay - what a great find. He plans to build it as Steven Rooks would have raced it back in the late 80s, with full Campagnolo C Record group and Cobalto brakes. You can alway tell a genuine Team bike by the cut outs in the cable guides. The team mechanic did this to make packing and transporting the team bike easier and quicker to set up.
Note the extensions on the head-tube and seat-tube above, and the cable cut-outs in the Cinelli bottom bracket below.
This is a work in progress - plan to build with Campagnolo C Record group with Sheriff hubs - should look great, stay tuned....
I used the decal artwork from the Decal Artwork Page, and transformed this very plain white frame into a great retro bike in just minutes.
Update - now have one rear Campagnolo Sheriff hub with sprocket. Still looking for a front hub.
Sean Kelly's PDM bike restored.
Check out this great restoration job of Sean Kelly's PDM bike