A Modern Classic Bike Quiz
Part of the fun of any hobby that turns into personal expertise is becoming an insufferable know-it-all. Since we happen to know a lot about racing bikes from the last 90 years or so, we thought that we’d see if you’ve been paying attention to our museum selections with this simple quiz.
Which bike would make you the coolest kid in the neighborhood?
Answer: A, The Sports Tourer.
While everybody had a Sting-Ray style bicycle when they were kids, everybody actually wanted a more modern BMX bike like the Roger DeCoster. The Schwinn Sports Tourer on the other hand had gears and was likely to be ridden by somebody old enough to stay up past 10 pm, so they were obviously the coolest kids on the block.
Which bike, raced professionally, offered significant technological advantages over other team bikes?
Answer: B, the Vitus.
At a time when most pro teams were racing 22 to 24 pound steel bikes with Campagnolo Record or Shimano Dura-Ace components, the Kas team had these Mavic-equipped carbon fiber bikes that averaged 4 pounds lighter than their competition.
No pro teams raced Kestrel bikes and the Kirk was definitely not an advantage.
Which of the following is the most awesome?
Answer: Ha! Trick question. Four of the options are really ‘80’s bikes, and while the GT definitely rides the best, we weren’t asking which bike was actually better. Only one of these bike frames is routinely made into an electric guitar. Clearly the yellow Trek Y-bike is the most awesome