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Graeme Obree's amazing bicycle

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Campagnolo Avanti brakes provide the stopping power for Obree's bike.

Campagnolo Avanti brakes provide the stopping power for Obree's bike. (Image credit: Jeff Jones, Bikeradar.com)
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You can't buy this aero bar setup. Obree built it himself from a single block of aluminum.

You can't buy this aero bar setup. Obree built it himself from a single block of aluminum. (Image credit: Jeff Jones, Bikeradar.com)
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The rear derailleur cable approaches the derailleur from the top tube.

The rear derailleur cable approaches the derailleur from the top tube. (Image credit: Jeff Jones, Bikeradar.com)
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The rear brake is tucked in behind the bottom bracket.

The rear brake is tucked in behind the bottom bracket. (Image credit: Jeff Jones, Bikeradar.com)
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A light but aero seatpost sculpted from aluminum.

A light but aero seatpost sculpted from aluminum. (Image credit: Jeff Jones, Bikeradar.com)
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Graeme Obree himself.

Graeme Obree himself. (Image credit: Jeff Jones, Bikeradar.com)
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Graeme Obree's new bike.

Graeme Obree's new bike. (Image credit: Jeff Jones, Bikeradar.com)
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That's a big chainring!

That's a big chainring! (Image credit: Jeff Jones, Bikeradar.com)
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Obree likes massive gear ratios.

Obree likes massive gear ratios. (Image credit: Jeff Jones, Bikeradar.com)
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These aero bars are completely custom. They took Obree three months to whittle down from a solid piece of aluminium.

These aero bars are completely custom. They took Obree three months to whittle down from a solid piece of aluminium. (Image credit: Jeff Jones, Bikeradar.com)
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Obree removed excess weight from the 15-year-old Specialized pedals.

Obree removed excess weight from the 15-year-old Specialized pedals. (Image credit: Jeff Jones, Bikeradar.com)
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The Specialized pedals were once double-sided MTB pedals. Now they have been shaved down to save weight.

The Specialized pedals were once double-sided MTB pedals. Now they have been shaved down to save weight. (Image credit: Jeff Jones, Bikeradar.com)
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The hand-crafted seatpost is topped by a purple velvety saddle.

The hand-crafted seatpost is topped by a purple velvety saddle. (Image credit: Jeff Jones, Bikeradar.com)
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This is aero.

This is aero. (Image credit: Jeff Jones, Bikeradar.com)

Graeme Obree is as well known for his hour record breaking exploits as he is for the hand-built machines that he set them on.

The 43-year-old Scot recently announced that he's going to attempt the hour record again - and this time it will be on a UCI-approved 'standard' track bike. Drop handlebars, spoked wheels, steel frame, everything that will make the UCI officials in Aigle happy.

But this is Obree we're talking about. He is not a conventional man. And by the looks of the machine we spotted at BikeRadar Live this afternoon, he seems to have hand-crafted every component. From the Reynolds 653 steel frame to the narrow, semi-sculpted seatpost topped by a purple velvet saddle to the aluminum time trial handlebars that he whittled down over the course of three months while watching TV, to the massive drilled out 67 tooth chainring to the 15-year-old Specialized mountain bike pedals to just about everything else.

Some parts will be swapped for the eventual hour record attempt, of course, but this will do perfectly well for a time trial.

In fact, when you look at it closely, you can see it's an amazing machine - it's more retro than retro, and so much time has gone into building it. It's beautiful to behold and hard to get your head around the fact that it is designed to go very fast. And you can be sure it will with Obree astride it as he attempts to set the fastest lap in the Procycling Hot Laps. The man himself looks very fit and you can see it in his eyes that he's ready for the challenge ahead.