I was following up on the recent quest for information from Bob Reid on this topic. It has been established that the British Olympic team rode Flying Scots in the 1960 Rome Olympics. Don't know what they looked like but I'm pretty sure Bob does. There has been some rumor that the USA Olympic team rode them as well in 1960; we're seeking to confirm that and try to find out what they looked like so I can paint mine like that if possible. That would be cool if there were no graphics; that would save a lot of hassel.
La Mesa, CA
> Hey Brian,
> Which Brit "Team" were you refering and in what time frame? We have all
> discussed Factory team colors, but I don't know if a standard has existed in
> the past for individual country frame colors... Of course, individual
> country team colors were recognized, but I don't know if this carried over
> to frame painting.
> I could be wrong, but I seem to recall that Olympic Team frames in the
> distant past had to be solid colors without ANY labeling to discourage
> "commercial influence" on the so-called "virgin" games, according to former
> IOC President Avery Brundage (mid-1970's). Therefore, the use of any
> commercial names or branding on Olympic bikes used in Olympic trials or
> competition was discouraged and punishable by disqualification... Prehaps
> this remains the standard today, any comments?
> The 1980's seemed to bring new shades of color, contrasts, shapes of frames,
> and new ideas where solid frame colors gave way to new metallics, fades, and
> color blending for vintage frames. When Brundage passed away, the cycling
> world seemed to lead the way for amateurs to become paid professionals and
> by financial slight of hand, retain amateur status. I believe that purse
> money for "amateur" races that had long been hidden under the table started
> to be openly disclosed in public which led to Factory Team names being
> promenently displayed on Olympic bikes for name recognition and subtle
> advertising... This all impacted why the look of frame paint jobs changed in
> the 80s. Subtle and conservative hints gave way to loud and bold painting
> Comments on this line of thought are welcomed....
> Regards, Steve Neago
> "Pondering history and possibly faulty recollections in Cincinnati, OH"
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Brian Baylis" <email@example.com>
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> Sent: Saturday, January 12, 2002 11:21 PM
> Subject: [CR]Any Info on Flying Scot/ USA team1960?
> > Friends of the Flying Scot:
> > Just wondering if any one of you birddogs has flushed out any
> > information on wheather or not the USA Olympic team rode Flying Scots.
> > I'm dying to know. I would really like to send my Scot to the Cirque
> > properly dressed if possible. Will need to know fairly soon so I can
> > pick away at it slowly as I get my other work done. Can't show up at the
> > party without an eye-catching date! Ahthough if there are as many
> > drinkers as it sounds like, maybe it won't matter!
> > Brian Baylis
> > Curious in La Mesa
> > BTW, what did the British team bikes look like?