Christopher Orin Lewis 1977

Chris Lewis on a lugless Gus Betat (New Orleans bike shop) riding in the 1977 Ohio State 25 Mile Time Trial Championship. From the cover of the FBCI (Franklin Bicycle Club, Inc) newsletter The Pedal Pushers Chronicle.

  • Rodney Cox 7y

    I love this picture!!
  • ddsiple 7y

    Chris Lewis was a talented rider in long distance road events.
  • Chris 7y

    fantastic action shot !
  • Chris 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called OLD BLACK & WHITE CYCLING PHOTOS, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
  • oroboyz 7y

    Small correction... Gus Betat was a bike shop & importer of bikes, not a builder. Hard to say who built that frame....
  • ddsiple 7y

    I corrected the description.
  • christoph126 7y

    That shot was taken at the 1977 Ohio State 25mile Time Trial Championship which I went on to win. The bike was made by Doug Haddock who worked at Gus Betat Cycles in New Orleans that same year. The Campy hubs had the dust caps removed so that the bearing could be lubed with oil, not grease, to cut down on rolling resistance. The tires were Clement super seta extras, 165gms supplied by Wilbur Scott of Campus Bike Shop in Columbus. That is a stop watch clipped to the handlebar.
  • Chris 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called CLASSIC TIME TRIAL BICYCLES, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Hugger Industries 5y

    Ok to blog this on Bike Hugger?
  • ddsiple 5y

    OK to blog this on Bike Hugger.
  • Hugger Industries 5y

    Done and a question came up if that's a stopwatch on the bar?

    bikehugger.com/2010/11/digging-deep-in-1977.html
  • ddsiple 4y

    Read Chris Lewis's comments!
  • terry tj sperling 4y

    I still cant believe he won and didnt say his time....
  • ddsiple 4y

    I gave up asking...
  • terry tj sperling 4y

    Well since nobody asked..haha I rode a 58:32 TT-5 laps on the Berlin Course. The only club race I ever won cause all the other guys were at Fred Cappy. I was really unsure of my 18-19 yr old self about breaking the hour. Gregg worked at Batelle and he worked out my times, 84 inch gear at 100 rpms was 25 mph, I think. I had the info taped to my bars and wore a watch, counted my pedal revolutions per 15 seconds and multiplied times four. Course my Gf at the time-LP was keeping score so that might have helped. I think I rode a Frejus track bike set up as a five speed by B. Shook.The course was a little over 5 miles a lap. 1971?
  • l84myflight 5mo

    Oh, man. I have a lugless 75 betat frame (not ride-able at the moment). I went back to NOLA in 2008. The shop is history.
    When I was involved in the shop (actually worked there for a time) they claimed to be the oldest bicycle shop in continuous operation in the US. Doug H. and I rode many miles.
    I never broke the hour.
    This image was taken in California. I have since moved to Illinois (long story). I will probably keep that frame forever, but I ride a carbon Trek these days.
    Thanks for stopping by. I am choked up.
  • l84myflight 5mo

    Was Chris Lewis one of the "Ohio Guys" who came down to NOLA to train over the winter? I remember Justin Kryzanowski (not sure of spelling). I was a skinny junior racer at the time. The late Greg Gulotta, heir and owner of Betat in the late 70s, referred to the Ohio guys at the "Yankee Plague", but I learned a lot from them. Some of their stories about winter rides in the midwest were incredible, until I moved here.
  • ddsiple 5mo

    I spotted your Gus Betat as the only other Gus Betat on Flickr when I searched with the name. Chris ended up in California quite awhile ago (see christoph126 above in comments). Was there some particular aspect of the "Yankee Plague" that bothered Greg Gulotta? I was still living in upstate NY (1970- 1975) until the late 70's, and can't say who went south or when. This is the kind of oral history that unfortunately evaporates with time as people drift apart. Here is a picture with Justin put up by Sally Winnenberg (xsallyx). She is somebody who was very active with F.B.C.I. in those years and has a good memory of all those involved.
    1973 Ohio State Track Championships  by xsallyx
  • l84myflight 5mo

    Greg had a great sense of humor, and the "Yankee Plague" remark was in good fun. We had a course on country roads north of Lake Pontchartrain that was around 20 miles, and we had an early season (maybe February) friendly race, maybe 2 or 3 laps on that course. Greg wrote in the newsletter about his concern that the locals would be lapped by the "Yankee Plague". To the best of my recollection.
    I ended up in California, took a job in Silicon Valley, and was there until 2011 when I took a job in Illinois (long story). My rides are 10-15 miles on the farm roads, which are laid out on a rectangular grid, one per mile. Not much speed turn or descent practice.
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