In this week’s bumper edition of Cycling Weekly magazine (March 22 2012) we’ve listed the 50 greatest bikes of all time. We scoured our back issues and picture archive to find the most inspirational, iconic and famous bikes ever ridden.

Although the majority are race bikes, not all of them are. Of course, Chris Boardman’s Olympic gold-winning Lotus is in there, as is Obree’s Old Faithful, but we had to include the Raleigh Chopper, the Brompton and the bike used to set the land speed record.

What we haven’t done is ranked them. That’s where you come in. We want you to tell us what your favourite bike is by voting in our online poll. Once we’ve collated the results we’ll announce what you, the Cycling Weekly reader, believes is the greatest bike ever made.

A few examples are below, but for all the bikes, see this week’s Cycling Weekly. On sale March 22, priced £3.99

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One of the most famous bikes in the world, the Lotus Sport, made for Boardman’s successful 1992 Olympic bid

The Raleigh Chopper. We defy you to read this and not get all nostalgic.

Every great bike from the turn of the twentieth century to Cav’s Specialized Venge is in our pages

The results of the survey will be in a future edition of Cycling Weekly magazine.

  • Krzysztof

    I would add Scott CR1( 2000 ) for bringing carbon frames to next level, what gave this technology more trust, and CF became only leading material. Before that frame all: carbon, steel, aluminium, titanium were same top level competitive, but carbon not widely trusted. When Saunier Duval received first CR1s, they wanted aluminium Speedsters as well, because they thought, around 900grams carbon frame wouldn’t be robust enough.

  • Ken Evans

    Great article, but I would have preferred it to have been in chronological order.

    There were several important bikes missing,
    some of which I have listed below.

    There was a lack of stuff about welded aluminium frames,
    which are now the most common type of performance frames.
    Gary Klein was a major pioneer of this field.

    Also missing was a reference to the 1978 Assos carbon track bike,
    used in the world championship by Gisiger of Switzerland.
    I believe this is the first carbon racing bike,
    and pre-dates all other claims for a carbon bike used in competition.

    1977 East German steel lo-pro 4km team track bikes
    1978 West German steel lo-pro 4km team track bikes
    1978 Assos carbon lo-pro 5km pursuit track bike
    1980 French Salmon steel lo-pro 100km TTT road bikes
    1980s Gary Klein welded aluminium road frames
    1981 Hinault Gitane steel aero TT road bike
    1984 ALAN lugged carbon road frames
    1986 Kestrel 4000 carbon road frames
    1988 FES East German carbon lo-pro aero 4km team track bikes
    1990 Zipp 3001 carbon aero TT road beam frames
    1996 Look KG196 carbon aero track bikes
    1996 USA GT carbon lo-pro aero 4km team track bikes
    1997 Giant MCR carbon aero TT road bikes
    1999 Armstrong Litespeed Blade titanium aero TT road frame
    2004 Hamilton BMC Time Machine aero TT road bike

  • Tony Fletcher

    I can’t believe you didn’t include the Colnago C40. In the ’90’s, this bike swept the board in the Classics, including twice 1-2-3 at Paris Roubaix after Colnago refused to allow the suspensions that everyone else was trying. There isn’t one major race (bar the Tour de France) that wasn’t won at least once on this bike.

  • Jon

    I can’t believe you overlooked the Dursley Pedersen!! That would get my vote any day.