I got my first 10 speed in 1967--a Legnano brought back from Italy--and started racing back in the 70s--before Lance, before Greg, even before "Breaking Away"! The sport was really just getting going in the U.S. back then. I was still just a mediocre Cat 3 rider when a knee injury forced me to quit racing in 1981. Now I just stick to club rides.

Despite all the super-light aluminum, carbon, and titanium bikes out there I still love a good lugged steel bike. Steel doesn't have to be heavy, by the way: my Bob Brown weighs less than 19 pounds fully equipped, with a steel fork and no carbon parts save the hub dust covers.

Bike Pictures

With my Cinelli Super Coursa

Bob Brown

My Bob Brown Custom (Click here for more pics of Bob's handiwork)