I semiregularly follow the Red Kite Prayer blog. Most of the time, Padraig has something interesting to say. Today, he's tired of everything being black, which I can understand (simply put, you should want to be seen). In the run-up to that, however, he steps on some toes:
Whoa there, pardner! "Crap frames of the 70s"? I assume he's referring to the mass-produced stuff which was tossed overseas from Europe to the US in the bike boom. I have no trouble finding quality frames from that era to ride. What's with the "under-engineered" comment? Perhaps early index shifting teething pains? (That's not my era, so I'm a bit unclear what the problem is.) As for the styrofoam bucket helmets, well, they were better than leather hair nets, were they not?Compared to the under-engineered components of the 1990s, the styrofoam bucket helmets of the ’80s, or the crap frames of the ’70s, today’s cyclist rides a much better bike that fits better, goes faster and thanks to better apparel is more comfortable and, generally, safer.