Strix the harbinger
guards the exit gate, quizzing all
Who will pass this night?

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.