Saturday, January 29, 2011
Soviet Time Trial Bike (Unusual Design)
Found in Flickr - a Soviet bicycle design from the 1980s. The "Takhion," (Tachyon in English) - used by Soviet Olympic teams among others.
(I had a different photo from Flickr, but it disappeared, so I have substituted this one from user Anders.)
An article translated (by Google) from cyclepedia.ru, a Russian site devoted to cycling (in Russian). The translation is a little wonky, but you can get the basic idea and see more photos. Since only 400 Takhion cycles were made of various types, they are pretty rare!
As noted in several sources, it isn't a Russian bike design but from Kharkov, in the Ukraine. The designer's name was Vorontsov and his signature is on this card in the upper left.