Since I started posting in SSFG, it has occured to me that there may be different generations of SSFG aficionados. For example, when I first began riding FG on the road 30+ years ago the culture was very different than it is today. There was no bike hipster culture and the people that rode FG bikes were mostly road racers who wanted to get some low gear high spin training miles in the winter to get back their leg speed and a good workout in a short period of time in frigid conditions. Our FG bikes were beaters made by stripping down cheap geared bikes and making suicide FG hubs. The total cost of one of these beaters rarely exceeded $100 and paint jobs were strictly rattle can.
Anyways, I was wondering if there are enough of you "oldsters" out there to post experiences from those days and provide a different perspective to the SSFG culture. I have arbitrarily set the minimum age at 50, however, anyone slightly younger who feels they can make a relevant contribution is welcome. If there is sufficient interest, I'll request that this thread be stickied.