Re: [CR]pic of day - Kelly Splendor

(Example: Framebuilding:Tubing:Falck)

From: "Donald Dundee" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]pic of day - Kelly Splendor
Date: Wed, 07 Feb 2001 11:08:26 -0500

I believe the Splendor team had different bikes under the same team skin, hence the headbadge variations. As you know, the practice of top racers selecting their own custom builders (ala the Masi's of Merckx, Bitossi and others, LeMonds early Della Santas, Sabliere's and Helyett'sof Anquetil, etc.).

Neat stuff, Aldo.

Ken Denny

>From: "Aldo Ross" <>
>To: <>
>Subject: [CR]pic of day - Kelly Splendor
>Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2001 10:33:11 -0500
>Today's picture - Splendor squad racing a team time trial... I think this
>was the 1981 Tour de France.
>Columbus tubing decals, Super Record gruppi, unmarked shoes. Did anyone
>ever import Splendor bikes?
>***Note the three short zippers at the neck and shoulders of these early
>skinsuits! I've never seen that anywhere else before!
>There's a variety of headtube markings here: the first rider has what
>appears to be a foil sticker with a woman's picture. His bike is also a
>different shade of blue, and is the only one with a painted fork.
>Sean Kelly (2nd rider) has normal "Splendor" headtube decal.
>Claude Criquelion (spelling? - 3rd rider) has his picture on the headtube.
>Michel Pollentier (4th) has no tape on his bars... not even on the drops!
>The last 4 riders have blue tape, instead of white. What did they do...
>yell "all blue tape to the back of the line!"???
>Aldo "devil in the details" Ross