"Kama", "Tachyon", "Eaglet" and other legendary Soviet bikes

28-03-2018, 12:35
In the USSR, there were practically no imports bicycles. But there were their own. Among the many models were great ones who enjoyed special love among children and adults. Some of them names - "Kama", "Ural", "Tourist" - awaken nostalgia.
Tachyon

"Kama", "Tachyon", "Eaglet" and other legendary Soviet bikes

Dream bike. Track and road bikes "Tachyon" were produced on Kharkov Bicycle Factory. These bikes were real super cars In their production imported parts were used, titanium and the lightest aluminum alloys. Prices for "Tachyons" bite. In the 80s years the bike cost 6,500 rubles, which was comparable to the cost car. Total for the production of "Takhionov" was about 400 bicycles with different specifications and equipment.
Kama

"Kama", "Tachyon", "Eaglet" and other legendary Soviet bikes

Having Kama was incredibly cool. This one was great bestseller. In the late 80s it cost a hundred rubles, which was not so little but behind him all the same lined up. Still not to line up - Soviet children studied so well because such things as “Kama” were bought by parents in exchange for a promise to bring now only fives. Kama had a very modern and stylish profile, she possessed a lot of merit. First, the long bushings of the steering wheel and the seat allowed make it a real "bike" (besides, great "grew" along with host). Secondly, the Kama did not have a horizontal frame and the wheels were small diameter, which seriously increased the ability to dance "On the rack". Thirdly, folding Kams were produced. Special chic was make a good body kit on Kama. Lack of factory tuning parts allowed to turn fantasy. On the steering wheel and frame worn hoses from gas masks, was actively used in the tuning of electrical tape in different color combinations; great hung with reflectors, mounted on the steering wheel mirrors; “ratchets” were put on the wheels from cardboard and into wheels (to it was possible to drive in landfills and back streets) “sausages” were inserted, found at the nearest construction site. Who remembers - he will understand what it is about. "Kama" pasted stickers with racing cars on the "seat" and pens steering wheel hung fringe, and the needles were worn parts from the designer. AND another: mudguards made of rubber or linoleum were attached to the wings. Although, we have in the area it was believed that the "Kama" is steeper without wings. And you?
Ural

"Kama", "Tachyon", "Eaglet" and other legendary Soviet bikes

“Ural” is a timeless classic. Among Soviet bicycles is diplodocus. Unkillable, heavy, he served for decades Soviet people faithfully. He was not afraid of anything: neither off-road, nor big loads. On it transported canisters and firewood, boards and pipes. On “Uralahs”, having pried up bundles of fishing rods, fishermen went fishing. On "Uralah" did not force, they are not pasted around stickers and not hung katafota - not solid. But on the "Ural" was a first aid kit, repair kit and the pump, often directly attached to the frame, was the second passenger seat. It was inconvenient for the child to ride the “Ural”, but the knack allowed to ride under the frame, which was also considered a special chic. "Urals" and today successfully cope with the difficult duty of "dacha great." Some special the faithful "Ural people" are sure that it is not worth the Russian to buy foreign “bikes”, while at least one “Ural” remains alive, and he, as already understandable forever.
Moscow-80

"Kama", "Tachyon", "Eaglet" and other legendary Soviet bikes

"Moscow-80" is the most legendary Soviet bicycle, at least for the the reason that he remained a legend - ride on it fortunate enough. Its history is indicative and even instructive. When in the mid-70s Moscow received the right to conduct Olympics, the question immediately arose: which bicycles will compete our team? Ask a question and decide what needs to be created domestic sports bike is one thing, to bring the decision to the point - completely different. In the face of lack of time, the bike was still created. For its time, it was unique: collected by the last word machinery, made of high strength and lightweight materials (using titanium), it weighed only 8 pounds. However, pre-start tests on bike paths in Sochi revealed the shortcomings of the "Moscow-80", the main of which was over-relief of the machine at the expense of reliability. Roll home Olympiad on they didn’t risk it, Soviet athletes performed at proven bicycles of the Italian company Colnago, and on the “Moscow-80” competed in road race athletes from Cameroon. A total of about 52 were released Bicycle "M-80" for various types of racing on the track and highway, but in free selling them was not. Produced by these Soviet superbelika individual orders.
Tourist

"Kama", "Tachyon", "Eaglet" and other legendary Soviet bikes

Road bikes are the Rolls Royces of the Soviet bicycle industry. The most The main difference between them and the “mere mortals” was great, of course, in presence of several speeds. In the case of "Tourist" - four. During long trips ("Tourist" was a bicycle, created specifically for cycling trips) this factor played a decisive role. Road owners were Celestials, for children the opportunity to ride at least on the frame "Tourist" was recognized for the highest good. At "Tourist" in the factory there was a complete set of pump, a stretcher bag with tools (remember the key "Semejnik"?), The trunk. Some specimens left the factory with headlights and miracle of technology - a dynamo machine. You also need to say about sports ergonomic steering wheel, popularly called for its shape "ram". Thanks to his form, it was possible to change the hold and give the back the deserved relaxation. In addition, the "Tourist" was equipped with hand brakes, levers which were fastened on the same "ram". "Tourist" was the most popular of all sport and highway Soviet bikes. Despite the lack of shock absorbers that are usual today - it was very decent and reliable a machine.
Eaglet

"Kama", "Tachyon", "Eaglet" and other legendary Soviet bikes

"Eaglet" (in Lithuanian "Erelyuskas") was a teenage bike, and it means almost adult. His purchase was a kind of initiation for Soviet child, who passed the stage of "Lonvok" and "Schoolchildren." The slightly curved frame of the "Eaglet" was as if specially created in order so that it is convenient to bring it on the shoulder along the stairs to your floor. Yes, yes, when you appeared "Orlyonok" you could no longer expect that seniors will help you in the delivery great "in the garage." What distinguished the "Eaglet" from children's bicycles, so it that the number of spokes, rim profile, bushings and carriage were the same like on big bikes, but because the owner of "Orlenka" immediately got up on a higher step in the yard hierarchy. One more thing: "Eaglet", like other bikes, many craftsmen altered in motorbikes, but that's another story.

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