Thursday, April 26, 2012

Happy Birthday Ted

Ted Ernst is 80 years old today. You may not know of him, but he is one of the godfather's of American cycling. I do not know him personally, only by reputation, but he has been extremely generous with me a few times, both with knowledge, tools or components. May he continue riding in good health. (Thanks to Matt Gorski for the photographs.)






























6 comments:

Silk Hope said...

You'er a good man Gunnar.

Anonymous said...

In that third to last photo, why does the fork on that rig appear to be mounted backwards? If this is a silly & ignorant question, please be kind in your answer to the unenlightened (i.e.,yours truly). Thanks...Christopher in New Britain, PA

Gunnar Berg said...

Good question. Ted raced in stayer races - riding closely in the slipstream of a motorcycle with an upright rider. The bikes often had straight or inverted forks to aid in stability at high speeds. I believe it kind of died out due to deaths on the track with increased speeds. Someone should give us a report on this.

Silk Hope said...

When I see Ted on the Birthday ride I will ask him and report back.

Anonymous said...

still being done in northern europe Gunnar...
http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/?pg=fullstory&id=3798

and Jack, send my best to Ted, he is certainly a gem in the world of bicycling...gabriel

Gunnar Berg said...

Thanks Gabriel, A fascinating article. Great photos of equipment.