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Old 02-07-19, 02:36 PM
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50 Years Ago: Feb 1969 in Bicycling! magazine

The Feb 1969 issue highlights bicycling in Japan.
In addition to the Cover and ToC, I've included the article "Cycling in Japan" and what might be the first advertisements by Maeda and Shimano on page 46.
​​​​​​Any of you marketing/media guys think there is any insight to be gained by the positioning of these ads on the page? I wonder what happened to Kofu Bicycle Co, what they made, and why they were positioned below Maeda and above Shimano.

It seems Bicycling! has not resurrected Bike of the Month or Equipment Review yet, but at least Fred DeLong makes an appearance with "Weight and Wisdom".

As usual, let me know if you'd like to see something else listed in the ToC and I'll do my best to send you a pdf. Just send me PM that includes your email address.









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Wow, thanks for that. This is from before I subscribed so it was interesting to see.
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You're welcome. I started these "50 Years Ago...." postings a few months ago.
'll try to keep it going as long as I have the issues.
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Thank you for putting this up. I'd like to see the article about the fellow riding his bike through Canada. Should I PM you with my email address?
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Very cool
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Nice! That was an absolutely fascinating history of the origin of keirin racing. I learned something new.
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Thank you for putting this up. I'd like to see the article about the fellow riding his bike through Canada. Should I PM you with my email address?
You're welcome. Yes, I haven't seen how to attach a pdf document to a PM, so send me your email address and I'll attach one to that.
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Dang, I'd take a randonneur bag for $8.98 plus shipping any day of the week! Great find!
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What a kick. That first image could easily pass for an album cover.
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Dang, I'd take a randonneur bag for $8.98 plus shipping any day of the week! Great find!
+1 And with the support it’s only $13. That’s still only $88 in 2017 dollars. Do college trustees sell these things or what? They are definitely way out in front of inflation.
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Very interesting. I liked the bike weight article. Its amazing how much has changed and how much hasn't changed at all. weight weenies will always be the same!
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Love to have scans of the bike weight and Technical articles!
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I'd be happy to pony up $8.98 each for a couple of those randonneur bags on page 26.
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This magazine scan is great...
& I'm busy looking for places on the forum where I could have something cogent to add...all in the name of completing ten posts so that the forum site allows me to "pm" you—SpeedofLite—with an email to which you might send me the pdf of the cycling through Canada article! ——Thanks in advance!
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Yeah I definitely want the canada article too please!
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This magazine scan is great...
& I'm busy looking for places on the forum where I could have something cogent to add...all in the name of completing ten posts so that the forum site allows me to "pm" you—SpeedofLite—with an email to which you might send me the pdf of the cycling through Canada article! ——Thanks in advance!
SpeedofLite: I'm getting a notification re. your pm but when I try to see it I get a "The administrator has restricted use of the private message system to members with less than 10 posts." message... I guess neither sending nor receiving until those 10 posts!
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SpeedofLite: I'm getting a notification re. your pm but when I try to see it I get a "The administrator has restricted use of the private message system to members with less than 10 posts." message... I guess neither sending nor receiving until those 10 posts!
You must be half way there already!
Like the squirrel said when he got his tail caught in the lawn mower, it won't be long now.
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Yeah I definitely want the canada article too please!
@SpeedofLite sent me a PDF of the Canada article. It was about the author's ride from Vancouver, BC to Toronto. It was mostly about his reflections on the differences of people's mindsets between urban Canadians in the big three cities (he mentions Montreal several times) and the rural farmlands. He talks about "hippies" and mentions "groovy" several times. It's a great period piece which gives us more of a glimpse of a 20 something, college educated Canadian male's mind at that time as opposed to a cross country bike ride.

I made copies and passed along to two of my bike riding buddies here at the church who were seniors in H.S. in 1969. I'll be interested to hear their reflections on the article. I was just 11 at the time it was published, so younger and more of a post Viet Nam era mindset. I've attached it below. Looks as if I misspelled "Vancouver" when I saved the file.
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You must be half way there already!
Like the squirrel said when he got his tail caught in the lawn mower, it won't be long now.
Awesome squirrel epigram! You're right, it won't be long now...
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As soon as I saw the colors and trees on the cover of the magazine I immediately thought of one thing. Now going to have to fish the CD out for afternoon bike trainer time. Thanks for the memory.
Purple Haze, indeed.
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As soon as I saw the colors and trees on the cover of the magazine I immediately thought of one thing. Now going to have to fish the CD out for afternoon bike trainer time. Thanks for the memory.
Purple Haze, indeed.
Cool! For the full Jimi Hendrix Experience, you'll have to switch your crankset and rear wheel to the left side, and then set your bike on fire while you ride it! Good luck with that. Send us a video....or it didn't happen.
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