FW: [CR]A view of Teledyne Titan bikes from a long perspective.

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From: "Robb Rasmussen" <okmain@hotmail.com>
To: "classicrendezvous@bikelist.org" <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: FW: [CR]A view of Teledyne Titan bikes from a long perspective.
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2006 16:39:55 +0000

Hi all. My friend Stevie Sidener worked in The Cyclist shop in Missoula in the 70s while I did. He rode his Teledyne Titan as a Bikecentennial gro up leader 4500 miles in the summer of 76 with a load on it. (he came home f rom that summer and set a Pattee Canyon hill climb record on his Colnago.) We both had our bikes stolen later that year, my Gitane Tour de France whic h I hadjust had repainted and upgraded to mostly Campagnolo components, (us ingmost of my bike mechanic pay for the last couple of months) and his Tel edyne which was mostly Super Record. I think he had a huret rear der for w eight reduction and titanium bbspindle. I believe he had that bike below 1 5 pounds back then. A year and a half later, a friend found his bike for s ale in interesting circumstances, bought it and returned it to him. I remem ber visiting him in Boulder, Colorado, in the mid 80's and he was usingthe Teledyne to race Cyclocross. ?!?! He had a Cinelli fork on it if I remember right.I saw it again when I visited him three years ago, but he had 21 oth er very interesting bikes for us to discuss, and I don't remember really lo oking at the Teledyne. But, suffice it to say, it was well used. I'll have to find out from him sometime. His life has changedfrom a serious accident a few years ago and I don't know about his bikes. Interestingly enough, the shop was broken into while I worked there, and a Teledyne frame wasstolen. How many of those were made anyway? I thought they were fairly rare at th e time. Robb RasmussenBrookings, SD
> To: Nipponcomet@wmconnect.com; Rnitro1969@aol.com; classicrendezvous@bike list.org> Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2006 10:16:15 -0500> From: oroboyz@aol.com> Sub ject: [CR]A view of Teledyne Titan bikes from a long perspective. > > > Cha s:> > I think I can safely say that this exotic and interesting early titan ium bike (in a close race for "earliest production Ti" with the Birmingham Speedwell) has little practical appeal to a modern rider beyond it's histor ical curiosity. > > I am sure that this seller meant "no apparent cracks" : )> > In any case, aside from a gentle, sunny afternoon twiddle, these bikes should not be ridden hard. That fact and their relative high availability (at least at this moment in time) have lead to the current market value (lo w). > > I still think they are cool as a glimpse of a time that once was...
> Dale Brown> Greensboro, North Carolina USA> http://www.classicrendezvous. com > -----Original Message-----> From: Nipponcomet@wmconnect.com> To: Rnit ro1969@aol.com; classicrendezvous@bikelist.org> Sent: Wed, 22 Nov 2006 9:12 AM> Subject: Re: [CR]for sale teleyne titan frame set and parts> > hello, i remember this frame set from back in the 70s...interesting that part > of your sales info mentioned that there were NO CRACKS....as i recall there > was a real issue of this failure especially among those who bought and rac ed > this frame set...i think part of the allure was obviously a saving of
> weight...its imperviousness to the elements, lively feel w/ rigidity...al l those > good > things one needed to say as sales points....i suppose the thinking was too > conventional back then to just go for a gound up redesig n, retooling for that > material...a larger diameter tube may have solved s ome of those stress > issues...i > was also edified through the conversatio ns of the day that the only way to > really state, no cracks, was to magnaf lux the frame...just curious how you > arrived > at that point where you co uld say, no cracks...i mention this as a point of > interest and possible d iscussion w/ all of you out there who know the skinny on > this frame, espe cially w/ all the interveneing years since its arrival for > the pros and c ons to be more a point of history than speculation...it's > interesting als o to see that it valued at approximately the same price that it > sold > fo r new, or a little less. happy thanksgiving to everyone. charles flaherty > baltimore maryland usa> > > --- StripMime Report -- processed MIME parts - --> multipart/alternative> text/plain (text body -- kept)> text/html> ---> _______________________________________________> Classicrendezvous mailing list> Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org> http://www.bikelist.org/mailman/listi nfo/classicrendezvous> > __________________________________________________ ______________________> Check out the new AOL. Most comprehensive set of fr ee safety and security tools, free access to millions of high-quality video s from across the web, free AOL Mail and more.> > > --- StripMime Report -- processed MIME parts ---> multipart/alternative> text/plain (text body -- kept)> text/html> ---> _______________________________________________> Cla ssicrendezvous mailing list> Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org> http://www.bik elist.org/mailman/listinfo/classicrendezvous

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