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Holdsworth (Rough Rider) 1984

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This Holdsworth was my very first sponsored bicycle, the frame and fork given to me in January of 1984 by Rick Canter of the Holdsworth importer, Security Bicycles after I met him at the big industry bike show. I was in search of my first sponsors, as I was planning to set the first ever San Francisco to Los Angeles world cycling record (which I did, in April 1984). I actually wanted a Vitus frame, like my idols John Marino and Michael Shermer had raced in the Race Across America, and Security was the importer. But after the bike show, when I followed up with Rick about shipping me the frame, he told me that he was sending the Holdsworth instead, as he didn’t have the Vitus in my size. I was a little taken aback, as this is an entirely different kind of frame (British steel in the “sport touring” tradition with long chainstays vs. super-light French aluminum with racing geometry), but beggars can’t be choosers. Wheelsmith gave me my first sew-up wheels and the local bike shop, Covina Valley Schwinn, gave me a job to “work off” the cost of the Campy Super Record group which I hung on it. I felt SO professional when I rode and raced on that bike! I was just 17 and was living my dream, and it became a great workhorse for me, seeing action in that 1984 SF-LA record and as one of my three bicycles for the 1987 Race Across America. But by the late 80s, I tore it down and boxed it up. Twenty years later, I reassembled the frame as you see it here, set up for “rough riding” – riding roads, fire roads, dirt roads, and trails on a “road bike.” I’m astonished at how well it fits and rides; this Holdsworth has proven to be one of the two or three best bicycles of my entire career! What a shame I didn’t ride it for those intervening 20 years, but now I ride it all the time, especially on the paths less traveled.

This is the personal bike of Chris Kostman.





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