Retro vs. Modern road bikes
Global Cycling Network, a Website and Youtube channel dedicated to performance cycling, made the nifty little video below. Retro vs. Modern road bikes explores the differences between a modern and a retro road bike. Sporting a vintage Giro-Winning Battaglin and a more contemporary bike, two friends ride around England to showcase some differences. They chatter about geometry, riding posture, and the technology gap between a classic and today’s lightweight.
The description they give of that Battaglin classic lightweight Giro-winning road bike shows their passion for cycling in another way than that of the pure performance and training aspects. It’s obvious any cyclist would enjoy his time on that beauty of a machine, especially in that condition. I mean, it’s one of the best, most comfortables steel bikes in her time. Steven Roche rode that bike to victory in 1987, and that speaks about the main differences between today’s Elite racing and yesterdays, in terms of equipment.
There’s no place for comfort anymore, well not in the traditional way of rider geometry and forgiveness of the components. Today, everything is stiff as possible, and as lightweight as possible. That doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyable, though. However, steel bikes were and still are quite strong and stiff, but they’re much heavier. Also, our current clothing selection has improved immensely compared to those of the wool and leather days. Needless to say, watch this video if you enjoy a bit of retro bike-porn and to see them ride side-by-side, retro with modern.