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Look what just showed up

Way back in 2007, I wrote this article about the US Team Time Trial Bike Fiasco. Wow, has that been ten years already. Yet another chapter in my life that I would just soon forget about, but never-the-less popped up again when Dan Kehey emailed me pictures of one of these frames.

Dan had bought the frame from framebuilder Bruce Gordon, who is in the process of selling off his collection of frames. It has to be one of the US Team frames, they were the only ones built in this fashion. There are no frame numbers stamped on the bottom brack, which was normal for Paris Sport frames. Don’t ask me why, I don’t have the answer.

I am not suggesting for one moment that Bruce Gordon stole it, but somewhere along the line of ownership someone did. Of course as people were stripping these bikes of their Campagnolo parts, back at the USCF Headquarters in Colorado Springs, their excuse would be, “Well, everyone else was doing it.” Which is no excuse at all really. Remember how your Mom told you. “If your friend jumped off a cliff, would you follow him?”  

If you don’t remember this story, you will need to read the original post from 2007 for what I have written here to make sense. In the meantime here are the photos Dan sent. If the build seems a little crude, remember they were built under a very tight time schedule.


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Reader Comments (6)

Bruce indicates he was sent the frame by someone at USCF with a request about possibly replicating it (with modifications?) for the Olympics...and then the US bailed out of Moscow 1980. The USCF never asked for it back, and it's been waiting for 37 years.

So now Bruce needs to close up shop, and let's just say I have taken custody. I really don't expect this will stay in my hands long, and if there is profit to be made off it, I'm going to split that between Dave for building it and Bruce for storing it the better part of four decades!

November 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDan Kehew

I re-read the original article, a sorry tale. You were writing it at the time but we were reading them too. I have just been made redundant after 17 years and I have been looking out for your weekly-ish post since I discovered your blog.
All very interesting, we all have to retire sometime - if we can. I am curious to see what if goes for. It seems this the only one to turn up?

November 7, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterpeter

You were a man ahead of your time, Mr Moulton. That frame looks like a real prototype. I wonder how much aerodynamic advantage the frame really gave, given that tri-bars, disc wheels, aero helmets etc didn't exist back then.

November 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterYoav

So you weren’t a marketable name back then, nor Paris Sport. Imagine that, the U.S. Olympic Committee concerned with marketing, not the bike and how good it may be.

Hum, next thing we will read is the U.S. Olympic Team re-badged bike frames with a big Corporation’s name, when they were actually made by someone else!

Oh, wait, the gold medal winner in 1984, the first in cycling since 1912, was riding a Pinarello, defying the Committee’s directives. So the gullible public thought Murry built the team’s track and road bikes?

Where does the cheating and lying start, in the 1984 Olympics? Is it with blood-doping, or with fake identification of bikes? Even Alexi has confessed to the frauds perpetrated in those Olympics. But then he is a preacher, and felt some guilt and remorse.

But what about a committee, or corporation, in which individuals can hide from responsibility?

The continuation of the facade of all professional sports (and yes, the Olympics is Professional) is wearisome.

Reading history does not prevent it from repeating. It only shows we will always be taken for a ride.

Maybe God is a committee.

November 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

What's up with the seat cluster, looks like tubes on the side that maybe something else could be inserted into? Race numbers on rods?

November 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRubeRad

I just created a new design of body of a bike. ! but oldones are still best!

November 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJake Terrell

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