Argos Cycles TT

Argos Cycles TT
Argos Cycles was established by Arthur Needham in 1974 specifically to produce custom bicycle frames. They began exporting to the USA and gained a strong reputation among local pro riders for the quality of their builds, constructed primarily from Reynolds tubes. Renovations, resprays and repairs also kept the business buoyant over the turbulent 80s, becoming a mainstay of the business. Argos Cycles were also well represented among the time trial community, which was a very popular style of local cycling. Here is an example from that era and genre, photographed by Andy Matthews. It’s definitely in a ‘how you find them’ condition, but the potential for a sympathetic restoration is enormous.

Argos Cycles TT
Argos Cycles TT
Argos Cycles TT
Argos Cycles TT
Argos Cycles TT
Argos Cycles TT
Argos Cycles TT
Argos Cycles TT
Argos Cycles TT

  • horrific cable routing! there are internal tubes for the cables! put the proper shifters on it! worst of all, this is the wrong bike for you if you put a 2 foot long stem on it!
    is this posting 8 days early?

    • The frame so short wheelbase wise, I can’t imagine how this bike could be made to fit anyone correctly! What is that? A 60T chain-ring? With no small cahin-ring! Good luck. I’m thinking circus bike. How about the rear deraileur cable routing. It looks like it was assembled by a non-mechanical, non-cyclist. At least the frame isn’t wrapped in leather!

  • Guest

    Very radical frame, but what the hel has happened to the pedals?

  • Will

    This bike deserves so much better.

  • Anonymous

    ZIp tied cables, flat pedals, nutty frame geometry, chain ring the size of a manhole cover. All forgivable if that’s what the customer ordered, the question is….why?

  • Editor

    Think we might need a little clarification here: This is obviously in an ‘as found’ state, probably in the shed of some veteran time trialist. I daresay these photos are only to record the original condition before it gets a professional restoration. I posted this bike just out of interest as both Tokyo Fixed and Argos Cycles will both be profiled at the Bespoke Bristol show this weekend, and to show off its historical significance.

    Yes, the cables aren ‘t running through the routing and has been zip-tied on to the frame, but I’ll rightly assume it’s only a temporary measure!

    • www

      Then post it when its sorted not as found deceased estate fail bike lol

  • I see a fair few bikes with this kind of zany geometry – but I have no idea what anyone would use them for. This is an honest question – can someone please tell me what kind of people actually ride these head-down, ass-in-the-clouds type of bicycles??

  • Trojanhobodome

    Worst bike on cycleexif ever

  • guest

    eh. people. Its a Time Trial bike. The high seat is to put the rider in the most aerodynamic position possible. Yes thats super uncomfortable, but time trials are much shorter than a full length stage, comfort isn’t a priority at all. Yes, that stem should be slammed all the way down, but as pointed out this is a used bike. The big ring is obviously for going fast in a time trial. The frame geometry is wonky because of the manufacturing process of steel, although i can’t explain why the wheelbase is so short. Its a bike with character, history, and a story. That’s what this site is about, I appreciate that.

  • Bill

    Very nice example of a late 80s early 90s style Time Trial bike. Okay there might be a few issues with it, Internal cable routes broken and high bars, but at least it is still being used unlike the vast majority of frames from this era.