Icons of cycling: Graeme Obree's Old Faithful

A look at the allure of Graeme Obree’s 1993 Hour Record smashing, DIY masterpiece

When Graeme Obree used his home-made bike to attack Francesco Moser’s Hour Record in 1993, he wasn’t so much bringing a knife to a gunfight as turning up to a nuclear war armed with a whittled stick.

The great Italian had used two disc wheels, an aerofoil-tubed frame, the high altitude of Mexico City and a blood transfusion or two (not illegal at the time) to set a distance of 51.151km, which had stood for nine years.

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