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Old 11-08-10, 07:41 AM   #1
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Vintage photos by James Mason

Some amazing photos here
http://www.pbase.com/zidar/root&page=3

I linked a few

1966


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1977


Lemond at 15
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Super cool photo.

I counted 15 bikers in the first pic. Could you imagine going to a yard sale and finding all 15 of those bikes with a sign "Take your pick, $20 each". Sigh....

P.S. Next time I'm in Greenville, I have to stop in at your shop.
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BigChainring, I don't know if you particularly like Rickerts, but there is one here. Just thought you might be interested.
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Thanks for the link. These were fun to look at.

I have one question though. Were races much more common in the 1960's-1970's? Sadly, I am a 1979er, so I think that I missed out on the fun.
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I have one question though. Were races much more common in the 1960's-1970's? Sadly, I am a 1979er, so I think that I missed out on the fun.
I don't know whether they were more or less common, but those photos do remind me of the races I used to go to around 1981 or so, every Friday night at some place in Rockville MD. Anyone who showed up with a bike and a helmet could participate. There were three different levels, I think... they got a pretty good crowd.
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Lemond at 15
LeMond might be in there somewhere, but that's Wayne Stetina at the front.
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Thanks Matt.

Regarding the question of racing in the 70's.
I think that the Bike Boom got a lot of young people interested in racing. Also, In the Chicago/Milwaukee area we had a lot of families with German/ Belgian ancestry. Otto Wenz was a huge promoter of cycling in Milwaukee and I believe was responsible for starting the Milwaukee Super Week races. The Chicago scene was also promoted by several Belgian and German families. I learned so much from these "old timers", though they were'nt that old at the time.

Also the liability issues of today were'nt as prominent as they are now. I remember it was sometime in the late 70's when it became necessary for paramedics to be on hand at racing events. You couldnt promote a race without having paramedics and an abulance on site. Entry fees went up and the number of races reduced. All kinds of legal fees and insurance with towns and cities where the races were held also incresed.

At Northbrook track now they limit the number of riders per event to 40 for insurance reasons. Back when I raced there we would have 60-70 riders in a race.

And racing was pretty cheap back in those days. A couple dollar enrty fee and you were in. Traveling was cheap too. Shared car and motel expenses with other racers made the whole thing very affordable.
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Also the liability issues of today were'nt as prominent as they are now. I remember it was sometime in the late 70's when it became necessary for paramedics to be on hand at racing events. You couldnt promote a race without having paramedics and an abulance on site. Entry fees went up and the number of races reduced. All kinds of legal fees and insurance with towns and cities where the races were held also incresed.
That makes sense. About a month ago, someone posted a link to pictures of racing in Normal, Il. I had never heard of them and wondered why they stopped. Thanks for an answer.
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