Egan Bernal was the first Colombian to win the Tour de France, but Lucho Herrera was the first Colombian and South American to win a Grand Tour - La Vuelta a España 1987. Both Bernal and Herrera rode a Pinarello, Herrera later in his career. Ed Hood has a look at an exact replica of Herrera's Pinarello from Treviso.
Jeffrey Ogren has sent us this bike for Reader’s Rigs, this isn’t Jeffrey's bike, it belonged to Roger Nelson, a customer at his bike shop, who gave the bike to the shop and it was passed on to a young racer. Rodger Nelson has raced since 1948, and now lives in Florida, and still very active. Here is the story of the bike by Jeffrey Ogren.
As spring approaches in the northern hemisphere, today's Readers' Rig is a gravel grinder from the back roads of Toronto, Canada built around a classic Ritchey Swiss Cross frame, Ultegra gearing and Enve carbon clincher wheels. The ultimate bike for some on and off bitumen adventures?
Sometimes a Readers' Rig doesn't have to be a much loved heirloom or a custom bling machine, it could also be an off the rack new bike like today's reader Jonathon from Oakland with his Giant TCR Advanced SL1. There's nothing quite like that new bike feeling as Jonathon explains when he talks about his red and black beauty.
And now for something completely different - an MTB on PEZ! Yes, but it is retro. When PEZ fan Dick - a keen roadie - sent in pics of his Pro Cruiser MTB our roadie brains were interested in this bike. It's one of only 600 that were made between 1978 and 1984 and makes claim to being the first production MTB.
Carbon and alloy can be made into a fine bike frame, but Bob Shaver's Tommasini Sintesi is a steel work of art. Obviously being Italian, the bike is built up with Campagnolo and a special Selle Italia/Ferrari saddle. A show bike, one of a kind.
Many of us dream of owning a team issue bike, well Jaime Larmer in Fort Worth has a Roxo Racing Time Alpe d'Huez built up with Shimano Dura-Ace components and wheels. A real race bred beauty.
For today's Readers' Rigs we head north to Canada where we find one of France's favorite machines, a LOOK 695 Light decked out in Dura-Ace Di2 and with Easton Carbon Clinchers on board. Not a new bike, but timeless in its looks, very rideable and could be right out of the box yesterday.