Retro Vs Modern Bikes: 80s / 90s Oakley Cycling Icons

Published on September 2nd 2018


In association with Oakley. Greg LeMond is one of cycling's true innovators. He trained with a power meter, raced using tri bars and – most importantly for this video, at least – was the first professional cyclist to use Oakley glasses in the pro peloton and at races like the Tour de France. NEW IN Spanish Tees: Subscribe to GCN: Register your interest in the GCN Club: Subscribe to GCN en Español: Submit your content with our new uploader: Join our Facebook community: Oakley is one of cycling's iconic brands. And, in a way, they're one of cycling's *newest* iconic brands, too, given that they made their first appearance in the peloton 30-or-so years ago thanks to Greg LeMond. Oakley was kind enough to invite us to their legendary headquarters, Foothill Ranch, to film a couple of videos. We have a full factory and HQ tour coming up, but, let's start here, with this Retro vs Modern video. It's safe to say that a lot has changed in the 30+ years since Oakley first became a force in pro cycling. The kit, for one... We've moved from wool jerseys and bold '80s, then perhaps even bolder early-90s lycra designs to understated, cool, aero jerseys, which Oakley now make. Helmets have moved on, too. They've progressed from being near-unwearable by the majority of the peloton to be required, which means that the designs, comfort and aerodynamics have also improved immeasurably. Helmets, too, are a recent addition to Oakley's road cycling line. And, what about the bikes?! Firstly, we have to give a huge shout out to Team Dream for loaning us their original Team Z bike from the 90s. Bikes were another area where LeMond undoubtedly innovated. He was among the first riders to use a carbon fibre road bike in racing, but, our stunning example bike is steel. Either way, it's incredibly cool. Unlike, perhaps, the wool jersey. Don't forget to LIKE and SHARE this video. Let us know down in the comments; do you want to see more retro on GCN? Thanks for watching (and reading this far!). If you have read this far, make sure you comment your favourite era: RETRO or MODERN Thanks to Prendas Ciclismo for providing the modern version of the team kits. If you'd like to contribute captions and video info in your language, here's the link - Watch more on GCN... Spin Vs Grind - Ask The Pros 📹 Music: Epidemic Sound Copyright and/or Anders via Flickr Creative Commons Photos: © Velo Collection (TDW) / Getty Images & © Bettiniphoto /