Herkelmann Pro-Bike of K.P. Thaler 1986

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ID: 20786
Brand: Other
Size: 53 cm
Condition: The bike is in very good condition. The frame has no cracks, no dents and is not bent. Fork steerer has been prolonged.
Era: 1980s
Available in store: Wilhelmstr. 91, 10117 Berlin (BMB R3)
Product ID: 20786

Klaus-Peter Thaler is a legend of German cycling sports.

After winning the German youth cycling championships twice, he concentrated on both cyclocross racing and classic road racing.

While he became German amateur champion on the road in 1974 and 1976, he also plucked himself two cyclocross amateur world championships in 1973 and 1976. It was also in 1976 that he took part in the Olympic Games' road race and crossed the line as second. Unfortunately he was placed 9th for zig-zagging during the sprint.

Then in 1977 and due to his disappointment towards the lack of support from the German cycling federation, he decided to become a professional. He had great years at teams like Teka, TI-Raleigh and Puch, winning stages at the Tour de France, even wearing the yellow Jersey shortly. The next step in life saw him working as national coach for Western Germany until he decided that he might still be good enough to race himself.

He proved his point particularly in cyclocross, where - coming back from his hiatus - he won the world championships in 1985. A feat he would be able to reproduce a last time in 1987 before leaving the pro circuit for good in 1988.

But in his last years he did not only race cyclocross. During the summer months he was racing as a 'lone rider'. He was not part of a team but chose his own sponsors which included Maredo, Ashton-Tate and American Airlines. He quite successfully raced short serial competitions like the Coca Cola Trophy

While his cyclocross machines were sponsored and built by Gudereit, he bought his street racing bikes from former racer Bernd Herkelmann who started to build custom-made road bike frames in 1985.

Our Herkelmann here had originally been painted as a Gudereit. It was the last bike on which Klaus-Peter Thaler raced professionally in '86 and '87. After he retired he had it repainted as a Herkelmann, since it actually was one, and the fork steerer was slightly prolonged.

It is an unpretentious yet well balanced bike, built from oversized steel tubes and fitted with Campagnolo's finest C-Record groupset.

This is a pure joy to ride and a piece of German cycling history as well.

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Frame & Fork Bernd Herkelmann; Oversized steel tubes
Front Derailleur Campagnolo C-Record
Rear Derailleur Campagnolo C-Record
Headset Campagnolo Chorus
Crankset Campagnolo C-Record; 170mm; 52/42
Bottom Bracket Campagnolo C-Record
Stem Cinelli; 100mm
Stem bar Cinelli; 40cm
Shifters Campagnolo C-Record
Brakes Campagnolo C-Record Cobalto
Brake levers Campagnolo C-Record
Hubs Campagnolo C-Record; Freewheel 13-23
Rims Campagnolo C-Record
Tires Vittoria Corsa CX
Seat post Campagnolo Super Record
Seat Viscount Titanium
Handlebar tape Synthetic
Pedal not included
Chain YBN Classic
Seat Tube (c-t): 53 cm
Top Tube (c-c): 54 cm
Head Tube: 11 cm
Standover: 78.5 cm
Calculate my size Recommended inseam length: 78.5 cm - 81.5 cm
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