|One of Alf Engers' Handlebars that has been drilled to shave weight.|
He was a trend setter in cycling. Many cyclists of the time were influenced to use large gearing when time trialing as they observed Alf doing this. Engers is also largely responsible for the late 1970s craze of drilling holes in components to reduce weight, known as "Drillium". His bikes were built by Alec Bird and Alan Shorter.
Engers turned "independent" briefly in the early 1960s. "Independent" was a semi-professional class at the time, where riders could ride in both amateur and pro events. However, when Engers re-applied for amateur status in 1963 he was denied, again and again, and was not allowed to compete until 1968.
The governing body at the time, Road Time Trials Council, was constantly at odds with him. He was reprimanded many times for riding in the middle of the lane. In 1976 he was stopped by the police during a time trial event for "riding dangerously", and the RTTC suspended him for the rest of the season.
|Alf Engers during a Time Trial. Note the drilled chainring and how close the tires are to the frame.|