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    Erect member since 1953 cccorlew's Avatar
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    My first ride up Diablo. Check photo!

    Yep, I climbed Mt. Diablo in 1974 or 75 for the first time, in blue jean shorts, a cotton tee, tennis shoes, sexy socks on a Gitaine Grand Sport Deluxe that was too big for me and weighed a ton. Steel rims, baby! It was great.

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    Curtis, great pic - those socks are awesome!

    And the glasses and haircut are giving off a John Denver kinda vibe.
    It would appear that the strain was more than he could bear....

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    The thread title was a hell of a head-scratcher while waiting for the page to load. "How in the world have you never cl-- ohhhhhh."

    Nice picture.

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    It's MY mountain DiabloScott's Avatar
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    Superbe...Who took the photo?
    Same sign, different place.
    Did you have a backpack full of picnic supplies too?
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    Nice souvenir.
    Do you still have your Gitane? My first road bike was also a Gitane, still have it. Although it's needs a lot of work, especially the rusty components. Mine came with fenders and lights that I later removed. I rode it to school (middle and high) every day. No Mt. Diablo like features where I used to live.

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    That is an awesome picture, Curtis. I wasn't even born, yet, in 1975.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Love. The. Socks.

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    That's awesome. Thankfully (or is that sadly) I was alive when you did that, but wouldn't have had the motor skills to get my buggy up there.

    I'm sure that whipper snapper could drop his elder version at will.

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    That is awesome.
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    Erect member since 1953 cccorlew's Avatar
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    Toddman007: YES, I bought that bile at a bike shop on Mt. Diablo Bl in Walnut Creek just after I got out of high school in 1971. Carbon steel and steel rims. Yikes! But I rode it lots for a few years then got a used Gitaine Tour de France that I still have (converted to a fixed/SS.) I no longer have the socks.

    DiabloScott: My cycling mentor Matt Gass took the photo with my camera. No picnic supplies, I was a cyclist, darn it. Just one with no money for shoes or shorts. I think I'm wearing my old high school PE shirt.
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    That's just awesome. What groupo did that have? Suntour?

    Ditto on the glasses and the John Denver comment.
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    There needs to be a "shorts and t-shirts on vintage bikes" Diablo ride!

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    Oh, and I was in Jr. High when you took that ... yeah, I'm a fart.
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    Erect member since 1953 cccorlew's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by spingineer View Post
    That's just awesome. What groupo did that have? Suntour?

    Ditto on the glasses and the John Denver comment.
    Mafac brakes that squealed and didn't stop well. I can't remember the spelling, but it had a French drive train called "Huret" or something. I upgraded to Suntour then it actually shifted.

    Yes, John Denver. I got that a lot....
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    Way cool photo Curtis.

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    Nice! Great resolution for such an old pic.

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