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Graeme Obree, The Flying Scotsman is to make a comeback as a film about his remakable success is released this week..Graeme Obree's achievements were seen as remarkable since his riding had been largely at amateur events, and he did not have major sponsorship and development support. Instead, he developed a unique riding position (the 'crouch', or 'tuck' position) and constructed a unique bike frame to use..His aim was to reduce wind resistance and instability, while increasing pedalling power. He reduced air resistance from the legs by designing a very narrow bottom bracket and dispensing with a top tube. He placed the handlebars so that his shoulders were almost touching them, with his arms folded by his side as he cycled: this reduced air resistance on his head and torso. The seat was placed so that his legs exerted maximum force on the pedals. The front fork had only one blade, carefully shaped to be as narrow as possible. He called his bike 'Old Faithful'. Although he made his first (failed) hour record attempt on a similar carbon fiber frame, Obree used 'Old Faithful' to break the hour record....
Graeme Obree, The Flying Scotsman is to make a comeback as a film about his remakable success is released this week..Graeme Obree's achievements were seen as remarkable since his riding had been largely at amateur events, and he did not have major sponsorship and development support. Instead, he developed a unique riding position (the 'crouch', or 'tuck' position) and constructed a unique bike frame to use..His aim was to reduce wind resistance and instability, while increasing pedalling...
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