In the last bike boom (which I think was in the 70s though wikipedia suggests 1965-1975), was there increased media interest like there is now? For example, in the UK we just finished an 8 episode cycle show along the lines of Top Gear, news articles almost everyday, new cycling magazines coming out and so on.
Then what was cycling's downfall? Why did people stop? Wikipedia says there was a sharp dropoff in cycling... what just like that? It just stopped? Why?