Originally Posted by Redcarmoose
Now-days with the invention of quick-release pedals it's really much safer. 30 years ago the helmets were just some thin leather pads and the cleats were really just hard bottom shoes with these leather pull straps which you could never get out of if you pulled them too tight. If the shoes ever became wet, even one time, they were permanently ruined.
You had to wiggle your shoe from side to side really fast at the same time trying to pull your foot out, to avoid falling over. They had cycle shorts made out of this wool like crap ( black wool). The seats were a thick slab of leather and you had to glue your sew-up tires to the rim! It was a very cruel form of life that you really had to love to love!
The pumps never really worked back then, but the tires never held much air-pressure so all was fine. The mountain bikes could double as paper-route bikes and no-one could ever have dreamed of a millage indicator or a hart-rate monitor. You figured out your millage by using a map at the end of the day, and really only guessed. You carried change around for the pay-phones. Some times you were yelled at just for being strange and there was even an odd hamburger thrown out of a car window at a cyclist. Those days were grand!
not really about cycling, but I have a friend that's going through a bit of a punk phase (huge mohawk, tunnels, patched up denim vest, docs, tartan jeans... Anyway, I live in a smallish town maybe 30,000 people. and walking around there for a few hours we heard about 6 people bellow 'FREAK' out the window at him/us. then we went up to the city, where in a similar space of time 4 different groups of tourists asked to take a photo with him, he was asked to be in a jagermeister commercial, asked to model for a photography student, and asked by a few different people how he got his mohawk up.
Strange how being in different places makes a huge difference on peoples perception of each other.
trying not to go totally off topic here, All of my friends think cyclists are a menace on the road, they don't understand that they're legitimate motorists, just like other cars, trucks, tractors etc. infact, where I live I see more tractors than bicycles (farming town) and a tractor goes along the road at a similar speed to a bike, but is much more difficult to pass, and much harder to see around, but my friends think that tractors being on the road is perfectly fine. Go up to the city and bikes are fine, I see a fair number around, but never a tractor, and if there was a tractor in the city it would cause an awful fuss.
People are so damn narrow minded sometimes. rant/