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Old 04-15-08, 05:18 AM   #1
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If I Needed More Proof That I'm 50+

I clicked this link and thought, "That poor girl isn't wearing a helmet."

http://74.54.212.169/jVXA3yeek6euv3ke3pk1LtFT_500.jpg
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Old 04-15-08, 05:38 AM   #2
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I get the feeling the pic isn't safe for work, so I'll just wait until I get home to follow it.
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Old 04-15-08, 05:41 AM   #3
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I get the feeling the pic isn't safe for work, so I'll just wait until I get home to follow it.
I think it's SfW. Nobody's even partially nekked.
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I can see the need for riding in that position....there is no where for her to put her feet if she were facing forward

Did you notice the fellow isn't wearing a helmet
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At 60+ you begin to wonder why this fellow would put himself at risk like that.........
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That bike is a POS. You'd think she could do better.
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The fellow isn't wearing a helmet, either, I noticed immediately.
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She's backwards! Here is the correct position from my memories of the 50s. We used to use the axle nuts as a foot rest. I can remember riding with one kid on the handlebars and another (my small, little brother) on the top tube. Balloon tire Schwinns rocked.
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It strikes me as romantic. And, nice panning by the photog.
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This reminded me of an incident in about 4th grade. A classmate was riding on the handlebars on another guy's bike. The rider T-boned a car on a busy cross street. The handlebars kid held on tight and broke both wrists -- what a way to spend a summer.
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She's backwards! Here is the correct position from my memories of the 50s. We used to use the axle nuts as a foot rest. I can remember riding with one kid on the handlebars and another (my small, little brother) on the top tube. Balloon tire Schwinns rocked.
Yeh. Me too. Most of my fancy smancy bikes today would instantly collapse if I tried that.
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Old 04-15-08, 08:05 AM   #13
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Why didn't I think of that position when I was a kid? All those girls I gave rides to in those days sat looking forward like in donheff's pic. Damn.
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She's backwards! Here is the correct position from my memories of the 50s. We used to use the axle nuts as a foot rest. I can remember riding with one kid on the handlebars and another (my small, little brother) on the top tube. Balloon tire Schwinns rocked.
Resting the toes on those axle nuts was okay as long as you were wearing shoes. It's easy for the toes to slip into the spokes barefooted
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I clicked this link and thought, "That poor girl isn't wearing a helmet."

http://74.54.212.169/jVXA3yeek6euv3ke3pk1LtFT_500.jpg
That was a Photo from the immortal tome: "Kamasutra of Cycling"
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It must be spring....

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My first thought was of butt pain. I cannot imagine riding on a handlebar. Even worse than a carbon racing saddle.

I think my limit for being able to ride there would be for 1 block, if that.
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This is the first advantage I have seen of a lower seat and a higher handlebar.

James Bond had a little more power than we do but I like the riding positions.

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Resting the toes on those axle nuts was okay as long as you were wearing shoes. It's easy for the toes to slip into the spokes barefooted
And guess what happens when the person on the handle bars feet go into the spokes....?

What's now called an 'endo' by the mtn bike folks....happened to me and a buddy when I was about 10 years old on my then fairly new 'English Racer' 3 speed. He let his foot get in the spokes and it was launch time for both of us as we were going down a slight hill.

After we picked ourselves up (no major injuries), I discovered the fork was bent back so far the front wheel wouldn't clear the downtube, so we had to walk a crooked bike back home several miles.

My father took a look at us, called us a few choice names, and then turned the fork/wheel around backwards and rammed it into a wall enough times to bend it back the other way enough so I could ride it again.

Imagine trying that with a new hi-tech bike these days. I rode it for 2-3 more years, sold it to a buddy who got it fixed up real nice. Sometime after that he got hit by a car (no major injuries), but it finished off the bike.
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My father took a look at us, called us a few choice names, and then turned the fork/wheel around backwards and rammed it into a wall enough times to bend it back the other way enough so I could ride it again.
Darned things were near indestructible.
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