Mid-Life Cycling

Mid-Life Cycling

10 September 2012

Holy Drillium, Eddy!

No matter how attractive you are, you have at least one photo of yourself that makes you wonder, "What was I thinking?"

It might be the hairstyle or clothing you wore when the photo was taken.  You can excuse yourself by remembering that they were en vogue at the time the photo was taken. Still, you wonder how you or anyone else dressed or looked that way.  

That's how I see most photos of myself.  Similarly, I look at pictures of some of my old bikes, and those my riding buddies and other cyclists rode, and wonder what possessed us to ride some of the stuff we rode. 

There are those scary '80's neon fade paint jobs.  And Benotto handlebar tape:  Available in colors to go or clash with those fade paint jobs!  But the first utterly pointless bike fade I can recall is "drillium."  Weight weenies of the '70's and early '80's drilled and slotted every part of every bicycle on which such things were even remotely possible--and even a few that nobody ever thought to drill.  As an example, holes were drilled in the toe clips of the bicycle Eddy Mercx rode to the hour record in Mexico City in 1972.

But I don't think even he went to this extreme:


Someone is selling it on eBay. Is it a seatpost with holes in it?  Or is it seatpost material formed around the holes?


2 comments:

  1. I still have one of those but without the silly holes. First micr adjust seat post I saw and what a revelation getting such fine adjustment and what a pain getting the spanner in there!

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  2. Coline--They definitely were a pain in the arriere to adjust. (I know, I had one!)

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