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Old 08-02-18, 08:37 PM
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When men were men and bikes were bikes.

The 1953 Tour de France. Just found this on Y tube so apologies if it's already been posted here. It's well worth a look if not.
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Old 08-02-18, 08:55 PM
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Those guys were great athletes back then, just as today. For some reason though, I keep expecting the Stuka dive bombers to appear. Too many WWII programs I guess.

People definitely aged different back then, some of those guys look almost like they're in their 50's.

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Old 08-03-18, 03:55 AM
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Those guys were great athletes back then, just as today.
And on a ****load of drugs.
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Old 08-03-18, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by peter_d View Post
The 1953 Tour de France. Just found this on Y tube so apologies if it's already been posted here. It's well worth a look if not.
No worries. Glad to see that film back on page one. Like you say, well worth viewing.

BTW, here is previous thread on the subject, with some more interesting stuff.
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Wi enjoyed the bikes and scenery. Thanks!
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Great video. Looks like they had their saddles higher than now?
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Looks so much OLDER when it's in black and white. Look how colorful it all was:

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Thread title reminds me of this;
Way back in the 70's there was a 180 meter board track that was set up now and then for 6-day type events. T-shirts and posters were made stating "Iron Men on Board Tracks" promoting the races.
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Originally Posted by rocks in head View Post
Looks so much OLDER when it's in black and white. Look how colorful it all was:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgBuyVpzSaw
I love the reflections from all the toeclips as the peloton comes towards the camera

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I hear a certain song evey time I read the title but I'll use the closing song instead...


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Song was updated in 2001:

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And on a ****load of drugs.
Does anybody even care? I never have. After all, they're all still equal.
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Originally Posted by Reynolds View Post
Great video. Looks like they had their saddles higher than now?
Agreed.
Even as late as 1972 my cycling coach, who was a great fan of Jaques Anquetil, taught us to set our saddles quite high and practice our "ankling," the technique of pushing down on the pedal with the toe at the bottom of the pedal stroke.
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Thanks to those who posted the links. I watched them start to finish due to Bobet riding a Stella & my recent overhaul of one. Anyone notice in last few stages of the 53 TDF, it appeared Bobet's Stella (#61) was set-up with a single, rear shift lever, unless my old eyes let me down?? Watched several times & froze frame on close-ups. Don
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The start has what would have been C&V in 1953.
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