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Old 08-30-10, 12:35 AM   #1
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Dutch cyclist returns to US in 2010 to finish TransAm tour he started in 1976

Interesting story from BikingBis -- Dutch cyclist who was on the TransAmerica trail in 1976 for the Bicentennial couldn't finish then due to accident that put him in hospital. He's back now, at age 58, to finish:

http://www.bikingbis.com/blog/_archi...9/4616399.html
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Nice story...thanks for posting. I didn't see any mention of if he was wearing a helmet. Yeah I know, 1976...how many riders, even the dedicated ones, wore them then?
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Nice story...thanks for posting. I didn't see any mention of if he was wearing a helmet. Yeah I know, 1976...how many riders, even the dedicated ones, wore them then?
and do you remember what kinds were available in '76? I wore a Campy hat in the summer and wool one in the winter.
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My first helmet, in the early 80s I guess, was a Skid Lid. Remember those? :-) I, too, had a Campy bike hat and that I was the coolest teenager around a la the "Breaking Away" movie.
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If the impact was anything above 12 mph even the helmets of today wouldn't have kept him from injury.
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and do you remember what kinds were available in '76? I wore a Campy hat in the summer and wool one in the winter.
No idea. I was 11 and a couple decades from the devotion to biking that I have now.
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That's a nice story. The route went near my hometown, and I met a lot of riders when they went off trail and stopped at the shop. Those few years my mother got used to me bringing bikers home to stay overnight. You'd be amazed at the equipment, mostly pletcher racks carrying overstuffed panniers.

the Bell Biker was about the only serviceable helmet available in the '70s, and was available in '75. I didn't buy one until later. Even then, I didn't use it unless I was going to be riding in a group or sprinting.
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