While perusing the expansive halls of the BikeRadar workshop, Jack Luke stumbled upon an ultra-rare Softride-equipped Dave Lloyd tri bike from 1993, which was visiting for an upcoming feature in sister magazine 220 Triathlon.
Unable to walk past a weird bike without swinging a leg over it, Jack took the bike for a spin, only to discover that it was super sketchy, ludicrously flexy and utterly terrifying ride.
Knowing that subjecting him to riding the bike in a race would make for a great video, BikeRadar Diaries co-star, Joe Norledge, promptly bullied Jack into racing a local time-trial on it, organised by Bristol South CC.
While Jack was subjected to the very best of the worst of nineties aero tech, Joe would be smashing it out on his modern Giant TCR Advanced superbike.
But who will come out on top? Will Jack crash in a ball of fire and glory? Is a nineties TT bike faster than a modern road superbike?
Find out as poor Jack scares himself silly on the insane retro machine in an action-packed episode of BikeRadar Diaries!
Jack has been riding and fettling bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork, fixie-botherer, tandem-evangelist, hill-climbing try hard, and thinks nothing of taking on a daft challenge for the BikeRadar YouTube channel. With a near encyclopaedic knowledge of cycling tech — from the most esoteric niche nonsense to the most cutting edge modern kit — Jack takes pride in his ability to seek out tech and stories that would otherwise go unreported. Jack has been at BikeRadar for three years now and is regularly testing an esoteric mix of weird and wonderful bikes.