Everybody has a fantasy bicycle, do not they? What bike is will alter over the decades as new versions, new personalities and new technologies come together. Or your private budget varies. However, there’s obviously a bicycle that gets in your mind.
Once I was young, it was a metallic light blue Raleigh Elan at a local store window. Ever the pragmatist, it was not the most expensive bike on screen, but it was the only that I really could — with a little birthday money — just one day manage. The fact it was only about inside my reach was a part of the fascination. I got that bicycle also. And riding it about as a teen with Phil Liggett’s remark playing in my mind is a lasting memory of my summers and helped fuel my love of biking.
Now there is another bike that is in my mind. It is a bike I can not purchase, or phone in to get a test. Maybe the fact I can not have it’s that which makes me want it . It is not the most amazing bicycle, nothing of this kind, but it’s decorated and ridden by just a selected few who were great enough.
I remember the very first time that I watched the UKSI bicycle. It had been overdue 2001 or ancient 2002 and I had went to Peter Keen’s office in the Manchester velodrome to interview him for a characteristic in Cycle Sport magazine. There was not any launching or fanfare, it had been only leant against the whitewashed breeze-block wall with his desk.
It had been incredibly average looking, like something from a design project. There was no name on the down tube, no hip additions, no fancy componentry. Nevertheless, it was about as great a bicycle frame because it is possible to get.
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Produced by Dimitris Katsanis, it had been made for the GB monitor passengers, from sprinters to staff pursuiters, and has been ridden to innumerable world and Olympic titles, up before the 2016 Rio Games when GB switched to Cervélo bicycles as part of a sponsorship deal.
Only three frame sizes functioned for most of the squad’s riders and throughout the years it had been given multiple aero improvements thanks to Chris Boardman and his Secret Squirrel club. The cranks he made for its 2012 London Games were so rigid that Dutchman Theo Bos formerly said, at a somewhat dejected tone, he’d discovered they were so powerful that you may hang a elevator full of people out of 1 set.
It had been adapted for the street also, which is the one which’s in my mind. Bradley Wiggins rode this to TT success in the London Olympics and at the street race. Now consider he had only won the Tour de France on Pinarellos. For him to fall those for your UKSI bicycle (without a commercial pressure to achieve this ) provides you a good notion of just how great a bicycle it would be to ride.
But fantasy bicycles aren’t about functionality, stiffness, weight loss or looks. They enter your mind for what they signify, or remind you . This bicycle was ridden just after I started working at CW. I reported on nearly every Track World Championship from 2002 to 2016 and has been at both Beijing and London Olympics. This is a period of unprecedented victory for British biking that won’t ever be replicated, and this bike was a significant portion of it. And in certain very, very compact way, it seems just like I had been too.
Simon Lillistone competed for GB in the 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona Olympics and won a great number of national names on the trail. He’s currently operations manager for the Six Day Series
“Attempting to pick your dream bike is a true challenge for a person who has raced extensively on street, track and time trials. Can it be one of those bicycles from my racing times? Not given that has many years back, and technology has developed so much as.
“So I have looked at this from the view of the available gear and what I would use it for. I have been raising my riding lately, but it will not be long before my 11-year old son will probably be more powerful than me. I am so trying to fight the years, therefore this fantasy bike has to be a fantastic all-rounder.
“For your framework, I would decide on a Condor Baracchi disk. I snapped the Seoul Olympics on a Condor plus a Cougar by Terry Dolan at Barcelona. I stick with Condor and Dolans instead of the bigger global brands. I really like the standard proportions of this Baracchi, easy slick looks without a lot of gimmicks, but nevertheless hidden cables, disk brakes etc., all blended together with Italian construct and complete.
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“The groupset will be Shimano Dura-Ace mechanical using hydraulic disk brakes. I have used both Campagnolo and Shimano over the last few years and see benefits in both, but the milder change of Shimano has my vote, full size chainrings naturally (it is a fantasy bike right, therefore I could dream I am powerful enough to ride a 39×23). I have steered clear of electronics as to me it is some type of voodoo magic how they operate, and I am not certain where I would begin if they wanted any maintenance.
“Wheels will be Mavic each moment, deep carbon with this construct. I have ridden Mavics for decades and found them exceptionally dependable, nearly bombproof, but also revolutionary, light and quite serviceable.
“My fantasy tyres are a conventional Vittoria CX tubulars, maybe not the very sensible to be on bathtubs, but the clasp was constantly amazing — they really squealed until you lost traction, nearly an early warning system.
“The concluding kit will be Fizik all around. I worked together in their morning and believe the goods are the ideal.
“Obviously it would just be a fantasy bicycle if it had been assembled by the very best of the best, either Sandy Gilchrist or Ernie Feargrieve — I have always trusted their abilities implicitly, convenient for all those white knuckle descents.”
An lifelong bicycle rider, Cookson was president of British Cycling (1996-2013), and the UCI (2013-2017). He’s currently enjoying riding his bicycle on street and track (when possible) and working on a number of endeavors, such as writing his autobiography
“I am fortunate enough to have many nice bicycles — three great street bicycles (Pinarello Dogma F10, Scott Addict, plus a Beacon BF80, all with Di2 systems), and also an obsolete winter bike (Trek Madone 5.5). In addition, I have two monitor bikes — a beautiful aluminium Pinarello Pista plus a carbon Appearance 875 Madison. Plus I have a classic Cadex mtb that’s likely closer in spec into a present gravel bicycle. The bike I’m riding most in the present time is my latest purchase — that the Dogma F10, that has full Dura-Ace Di2 with completing kit of Pro and Most parts, using a Selle Italia saddle. It is in fact the best bike I have ever ridden, rather much a fantasy come true! It has also got a Stages power meter fitted into the cranks — I have just begun using the readouts for coaching, so I am expecting to see improved outcomes when Experts’ rushing resumes!
“I have set some wonderful Mavic SSC deep section carbon wheels in, prepared for racing, and I’ve a few different collections of Mavic wheels such as some of the mega-light R-SYS SLR for scenic races, sportives, Gran Fondos, etc — they’re incredibly light.
“When I was to dream about anything else, then I would have a critical look at the fantastic Passoni range. I would really like to do some suitable long-distance vacationing when circumstances permit, therefore I would select the Cicloprato frame choice, and place it up using a wonderful groupset, likely Ultegra Di2, together with disk brakes, and match panniers, mudguards, the complete acute trans-continental stuff. Then I would simply set off and proceed, possibly all of the way down to the Mediterranean and beyond! The standard of workmanship on those Passoni artisan-crafted titanium eyeglasses, coupled with the legendary comfort and durability of this substance, would make a rewarding experience, I am positive.”
Founder and CEO of British clothing firm Rapha
“I am blessed that my dream bike is really being constructed for me . It is a habit Ricky Feather steel bicycle in a Continental design.
“Back in 2007, Rapha began a string of rides and movies called the Rapha Continental. Each ride and movie featured inspirational amateur riders handling hard but attractive paths in the united states and all around the world. The rides shot them off the grid and frequently off road — it was a forerunner of the present gravel trend. Every rider rode a steel road bike, made by some of the greatest custom frame builders in the entire world.
“The bicycles had timeless geometry, functional and durable SRAM Force groupsets and fitting black paint with pink anodised Chris King hubs and cans. I really don’t think any of these had over 25c ), despite riding dirt, but they were trendy. I thought the Feather was the nicest of the group and, once I watched Ricky’s own motorcycle this past year I decided eventually to take the dip.
“My Feather is a loyal Continental steel bicycle in timeless black paint, but upgraded with hydraulic disk brakes, tubeless 32c tyres and SRAM Etap gears. It’ll be my’go anywhere bike’ and also a fantastic reminder of a few of the very best articles that Rapha has produced. It must arrive within another month.
“The framework consists of Columbus Spirit steel along with the fork, bars, stem and seatpost all come in Enve. The cans and BB are Chris King, although the brakes are Pacenti rims with Chris King hubs, Sapim spokes and Paragon thru axles — dressed in Continental GP5000
“The concluding kit is made up of Blackburn cages, Fizik Aliante saddle not to mention Rapha pub tape”
Expert from 1968 into 1980, winner of eight Tour de France stages and Gent-Wevelgem
“I will provide you my dream bike build out of when I had been rushing. Back then I would have an Italian-designed framework — something such as a Colnago made by Ernesto himself because they were the very best. The same went for Campagnolo, so a Campag groupset. They were not around then, but I’d finally have a compact chainset. A 50/34 using a 12 sprocket in the rear is a lot large enough, and that I might have actually pedalled up mountains using a 34.
“I would opt for 28-spoked wheels even though the standard had been 32 or 36, and Clément Criterium Seta Extra tubulars; 22mm for the majority of races, 24 for Paris-Roubaix. The top of the top, wheels such as that cause you to feel unique.
“Handlebars will be Cinelli. I began with the square-shaped deep ones, Cinelli 66therefore, however once I hurt my back I moved into the shallow and curved 65s. Handlebar tape could be white cotton twill Tressorex — it had been the ideal.
“We did not have a lot of option in saddles; Brooks B17 leather would be the very best when I began. We took them into an Italian man named Otussi, who accommodated them. He altered the shape of the railings, cut some leather and set the saddle back with fresh copper rivets. The problem with leather, however, was not any 2 saddles were exactly the same, and they were thick. There were lightweight Unicanitor saddles, which have been made from plastic and were uneasy. Then Tom Simpson coated one with a thin layer of polyurethane and stuck a coating of leather . Finally he had a saddler at Paris doing themand offered them to each of the riders. I have still got you. I believe Cinelli was the first to mass produce saddles such as that, so I would complete my dream bike with a few of these.”
Former world champion time triallist Emma Pooley needed a custom motorcycle built for her from the group at WyndyMilla at 2019 — so she has already taken possession of her fantasy machine
“My dream bike is centred around a WyndyMilla Massive Attack framework — ironically called for a very small bike! Custom is surely a fantastic way to choose smaller cyclists [Pooley measures in at 157cm]. When I was rushing on a specialist staff, I was restricted by patrons, and obviously if you are in a street race, you are best off with 700c wheels since you might require a spare in a rush and impartial service does not take 650c or 650b (or at the least they did not in my daily life ). I utilized 650c in time trials but not in my street bike… but today I’only ride’ I could use 650c in my street bike also.
“I have gone for the GS Astuto Sense Composites 650c wheel, together with Conti GP5000 tyres. The wheel was radical (haha!) — not only for the apparent reason I can get reduced (that is the reason I always utilized to use 650c for some time trialling) — much more significant than this is how far it’s improved handling features.
“The WyndyMilla design team did a fantastic job on the geometry: ” I don’t have any Cable crossover, so get ignored about less in crosswinds, and it is nimble without feeling shaky on descents. Riding a 650c ) has changed my pleasure (and rate ) downhill. I enjoy descending now!
“The bicycle was painted in by WM Paintworks. I really don’t street race any more naturally, but I really like riding in the hills. For me, biking is all about exploring mountains and moving as large as you can towards the skies. My buddies joke about the”EP coefficient” since I try to match as much vertical rise as possible per km of riding.
“The blue blue in the back of the framework represents the skies, along with the cream color in the very front is clouds. The silver lining around WM emblem represents a few of the vital things I heard during my racing career: the many clouds have a silver lining.
“You will find British national champion stripes on a single chair stay and Earth Champs rainbow stripes on the opposite.
“For your spec, I opted to get a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 rim brake groupset — I locate Di2 is excellent for smaller hands, for ease of changing. The pub is Deda 36cm, using 8cm stem. I am using a Rotor 2inPower crankset with 165 cranks, oval Q-ring chainrings in 50-34, using an 11-28 tape. ) The saddle is an SMP Forma, I am utilizing Speedplay Zero Titanium pedals along with a Wahoo Element Bolt pc — using a Knog Oi bell .”
This feature originally appeared in the print edition of Cycling Weekly, available in newsagents and supermarkets, priced #1. 25.