Re: [CR]Gardin curved seat tube


Example: Racing

Date: Wed, 06 Feb 2008 11:05:11 -0500
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
From: John Betmanis <johnb@oxford.net>
Subject: Re: [CR]Gardin curved seat tube
In-Reply-To: <775EC5882A29A34DBC4F95D80DDF61FE06A9BAE2@s31xe5.systems.smu.edu>
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At 07:37 AM 06/02/2008 -0600, Putman, Clyde wrote:
>Friends:
>Anybody know the reason behind the curved seat tube on the Gardin frame
>on ebay
># 230219685817 ?

I have here a 1993 Gardin poster showing four bikes with that reverse orientation of the s-shaped seat tube. They all look like tri bikes with "funny" handlebars. (Other bikes shown, including a track bike, have straight seat tubes.) Looks like weirdness for its own sake. Most tri folk were runners and swimmers and new to cycling, so they were easily sold on unconventional stuff they though would give them an edge. Using this reverse s-shaped seat tube and conventional angle lugs would be like having an extremely steep seat tube angle, putting the rider in an aerodynamic position with forearms on the aero bars.

John Betmanis
Woodstock, Ontario
Canada