My Greg Lemond carbon cruiser is on the bay

Greg Lemond - Carbon fixie/road/cruiser/vintage/retro/ (eBay item 110648527497 end time 23-Feb-11 13:54:47 AEDST) : Sport

I have found myself lusting and dreaming about rohloff hub to install in my yet to be built touring bike and therefore the money must be found somewhere. :slight_smile:

These were built by TVT as were the early Look frames that Lemond and co. rode on whilst on the La Vie Claire team. Very cool frames and they have quite a following overseas. I hope it finds a good home :wink:

what size?

thanks so much for the information Spirito. So the bike is 56 tt and st.


this bike is super cush to ride.

More info gleaned from Norris Lockley who’s a retired framebuilder (steel) and collector in the UK (and mad about TVT’s) …

The first TVTs ( Technique Verre Tissee) were produced at the very end
of the 1970s, but only became available to shops in about 1980. At that time
they were called *TCT *which is thought to mean either Technique Composite
Tisse or Tubes Carbon Tisse or some combination of the two.

The firm specialised in the production of tubes in composites made by the
resin-transfer moulding system and built such products as masts for yachts,
power masts to hold up electricity cables etc etc. They saw the opportunity
to use their extremely strong tubes in cycle frame applications, by bonding
them with epoxy adhesives to high quality aluminium alloy lugs.

The firm, under the guidance of M Foret, the Managing Director, prototyped
the frames and then released small quantities into the cycle trade where
they proved very succesful. About that time French business man and
entrepreneur Bernard Tapie who had just bought out the LOOK ski company and
developed the LOOK clipless pedal, decided that he wanted his own LOOK frame
to equip his LOOK-LaVieClaire team

He cottoned on to TVT - the parent company of TCT - and, in 1983 signed a
three-year deal whereby TVT would supply LOOK with carbon-kevlar tubes and
LOOK would bond them into frames. All LOOK frames from that period had
chainstays with the TVT brand moulded into the chainstays.

Unfortunately the LOOK company made a mess of building the frames with many
of them debonding during riding, sometimes causing serious injuries to the
rider. The new Managing Director of TVT, Alain Darrin decided that the
TVT/TCT frame design was basically extremely good, when the bonding was
carried out effectively. Not wishing the carbon-aluminium bonded frame
concept to develop a bad reputation - thereby depriving TVT of future sales
of its tubes - Darrin took the very bold step of cancelling the contract
with Tapie and LOOK in 1985.

WIth threats of legal action by Tapie ringing in his ears, Darrin undertook
the next development of the TVT frame - this time to be called the TVT 92.
The first TVT/TCTs had seat-stays joined together by an aluminium brajke
bridge, whereas the TVT 92 had a one-piece moulded seat stay unit shaped
like a letter H. eliminating the bonded and screwed bridge. This is the red
frame ridden to Tour-de-France success by Pedro Delgado in 1988.

…and looks like the one you have on eBay. This one’s a sleeper folks, get at it :wink:

and some inspiration …

I think it’s hideous

… not starting a fight or anything but this facebook pic of you “back in the day” shows your judgment cannot be trusted when it comes to matters of taste !!!

Yeah right…google images ‘Spirito’ and you get this

So much better than mine hey?

Noob !!!

I googled “spirito” images and came up with this …

Remarkable likeness !!!

Anyway, this “Jesus type” has to clean the bathroom. Been putting it off all day.

bet blakey buys this

Bet he doesn’t.

Bigger fish to fry in 1 week.

Moving house isn’t the best time to buy more shit you don’t need eh (I just moved I know the feeling…)

Back to the OP, I can appreciate this as a museum piece hanging on the wall thing, but as a bike you’d want to ride, no fucking way. 20 year old carbon delaminating just by breathing on it :slight_smile:

I’d actually rather ride alu lugged bonded carbon frames than the later stuff. I have never seen instance of a cracked lug and apart from crash damage (like any bike) I think there is much less to worry about.

Later style carbon monocoque frames were highly experimental and it’s hard to tell when one will let go, especially as they pushed the limits with regard to lighter weights and materials.

You’re comparing bad to worse? :slight_smile:
Apologies I see where you are coming from. Second hand carbon, let alone 1980’s second hand carbon scares me that’s all.