The purpose of this classic-vintage site is to encourage those interested in enjoying and preserving vintage lightweight "racing" style bicycles of the period from the early 20th century until 1999. These are primarily steel, most often "lug built, not welded, injection molded, or glued. We are devoted to road and pista machines rather than mountain bikes, "middle weights", BMX, recumbent, and balloon-tired bikes. Those bikes have merit, but are not "on topic" for the Vintage Wheeler.





Monday, August 16, 2010

SHIMANO AERO DURA-ACE AX 1981 MADE IN JAPAN


Introduced in 1981, AX parts were perhaps one of the most audacious efforts to redesign modern racing "gear." The aerodynamic-to-the-max effort made the AX truly ahead of its time! Sadly (?) the world was not ready for this futuristric group and after two years of production, the plug was pulled!

The Shimano-Stowe Team, organized by Jack Nash at Onion River Sports,
was a power house aboard their limited-to-team-only aero tubed AX Tomasini bikes.


















THE FRONT FORK CAME WITH JAPAN TANGE DROP-OUT

SHIMANO SUPER AERO FRONT BADGE





THIS FRAME BUILDED BY
TANGE AERO DYNAMIC CRMO OVAL TUBING,
AND THIS SHIMANO SUPERB VINTAGE BIKE
BELONGS TO ALVIN CHIN...

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