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Old 04-03-21, 07:55 AM
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50 Years Ago: April 1971 in Bicycling! magazine

Included articles are:

"Across the Straits"
"The Bikes the Stars Use"
"Race Results"

"TECHNICAL The Custom Frame" was posted previously (2nd article in the post) at Frames and Framebuilding -- 1970 - 1979 (Part 1)

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Oooh, look at all that drillium. Pretty.
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Nice pix posts. Drillium Dude would really appreciated some of this '71 work
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Interesting the time lag of the images to publication, some are 1968 or maybe earlier.
the time lag of magazines in the early 70’s or race coverage.

when a customer brought in International Cycle Sport in the early 70’s it was “required” reading.
never seen on the newsstands, it was by subscription only, and not cheap due to postage. Wanted it, but too much of my potential bike budget.
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
...when a customer brought in International Cycle Sport in the early 70’s it was “required” reading.
never seen on the newsstands, it was by subscription only, and not cheap due to postage. Wanted it, but too much of my potential bike budget.
I donated my back issues of ICS (mostly 1972-1974) to a collector friend. It was indeed required reading, however they covered an awful lot of smaller English races that I had never heard of! Great ads though......and amazing coverage of the top tier races.
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I love that cover picture. My kind of cycling!

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Fun look at what Bicycling mag was like a couple years before my baptism into the sport. By the time I started reading Bicycling and Bike World in 1973, things had gotten a bit slicker and a bit glossier. Not a huge amount, but noticeable.
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I enjoyed reading the piece by Clifford Graves. I know he was well known BITD for writing about cycling. The article was well written and took you back to a very different time. It made my want to take my '72 Motobecane Grand Record out for a spin today and so I did.
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That tandem looks like a Taylor, in purple flambouyant paint with the "gothic" style logos. I could be wrong, of course. Pic's pretty grainy. Does it say anywhere what brand it is?
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SpeedofLight can you post the article on hosteling in Scandinavia? That looks interesting.
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bar end shifter cable routing

The bar end shifter cable routing on Basso's bike is interesting. The cable housing goes up the handlebars and comes out at the end of the tape near the handlebar. I've never done that. I've always set them up so they come out below the brake levers which means you have a lot less bend. That's interesting. I picked up a 1971 Witcomb and that is how the campagnolo bar end shifters were set up. I guess that was a thing BITD.



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If that's how Mariano Basso had his campy bar end shifters set up by his mechanic, I'm sure as heck not going to argue with him.
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SpeedofLight can you post the article on hosteling in Scandinavia? That looks interesting.
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I did a bike tour once from Finland to Spain. It took around 5 months. It was a cold and wet summer in Sweden. I think it rained every day which happens some summers. We mainly camped. There is nothing quite like breaking up a tent in the rain and stuffing everything wet into bags, . It was great going into a hostel from time to time.
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I had no idea Merckx was such a weight weenie. 😁
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Originally Posted by scarlson View Post
That tandem looks like a Taylor, in purple flambouyant paint with the "gothic" style logos. I could be wrong, of course. Pic's pretty grainy. Does it say anywhere what brand it is?
No, unfortunately. There is usually a short description of the front cover in the upper right corner of the Table of Contents. This one provides no detail, not even where they were. Sometimes the front cover subject is covered in an article, but I didn't see that in this issue either.
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Thanks so much for this series of postings SpeedofLite!

Have been at this so long can recall seeing the articles and adverts when first published so it is great "memory lane" fun to see them here once again.

Wonderful for younger readers to be able to see "how we got here" as well.


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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
The bar end shifter cable routing on Basso's bike is interesting. The cable housing goes up the handlebars and comes out at the end of the tape near the handlebar. I've never done that. I've always set them up so they come out below the brake levers which means you have a lot less bend. That's interesting. I picked up a 1971 Witcomb and that is how the campagnolo bar end shifters were set up. I guess that was a thing BITD.


That is how my Bertin came as New circa 1972. I exchanged to downtube levers soon enough. The shifting on the rear was always pretty vague. I will blame the raw spiral Campag housing and braided cables.

Might try is again with "index" shift housing.
There were a few "sprinters" back in the 70's who swore by bar end controls (last 1" cut from the bars first) to help hide the sprint gear selection choice.
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