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Jan le Grand 1984 Eric Vanderaerden Pursuit Reynolds 753r

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Reynolds 753r / 57 c-t ST 54 c-c TT (hard to measure though) / 1984

Cinelli Campione del Mondo / Cinelli ?

753 / Campagnolo SR Pista

Campagnolo Pista low flange / Mavic rim 24" / don't ask

Wolber discjet Alsthom no 0386

Campagnolo SR strada (modified) / Campagnolo Pista

Rolls / Campagnolo c-record

Campagnolo Pista / ?


Jan le Grand built this bike for Eric Vanderaerden (back then a young bloke riding for the Panasonic-Raleigh team), for the 1984 world championships pursuit in Barcelona, where he was favourite for the title. Unfortunately, something went wrong in the semi-final. Eventually he came in 4th.

Sponsoring appears to be removed, as the Raleigh decal has been cut out and replaced by a Le Grand decal and the Mavic/Wolber decals are removed from the wheels. Frame is made out of 753r tubing with a BB shell that he used for road bikes as well (has got cable grooves).

Crankset is a modified Campagnolo Super Record Strada 170mm and the handle bar is a sawn off Cinelli Campione del Mondo. Other neat details are the pista headset with the coolest spacer I've ever seen, the fork crown and the extremely thin seat tube.

I like the history of this specimen. When I opened up the rear hub I realised the last face the bearings saw was that of mister Le Grand. They were super clean, lubed with just a bit of clear thin oil. The modified bits like the bars, cranks and seat post (which has been machined to 26.8 diameter) are signs of the craftsmanship and inventiveness of the master builder and mechanic Jan le Grand.

Another nice detail: the hub on the rear wheel has engraved 'Ferdi van den Haute', who was a multiple Belgium track champion on the omnium and pursuit. It is quite common that such expensive wheels go from hand to hand between the big riders, so I imagine that the back then 32 year old Van den Haute either lended or sold (for a song) the wheel to the young Vanderaerden for his big race.

People who friended this bike vqstaphbeard, moik, pullup, cicadashell, Splined, r_mitch, campystamp, Doctor Moss, trc, johnfixie, mapleleafs-13, Roni Solomon DDS, bougli, bdawe, benjaymin, stovepipe, Ravi1990

What a find!

I love everything about this! That stepped fork crown is something I haven't seen before.

another great find Don!

another great find Don!

Custom Work

Yes, even the seat post binder bolt and headset spacer looks to be custom made. The fork crown is very unique indeed.

More detail shots are on

More detail shots are on Flickr. The 5 pics for this page were hard to choose...

Where is said flickr?

Where is said flickr?

If you search for Jan le

If you search for Jan le Grand 1984 on Flickr, you should be able to find it. Sorry on my phone I'm not good with links

that fork crown... beautiful. i've never seen one like it before. nice details all around!

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