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30 Years Ago: April 1991 in Bicycling magazine

Old 04-18-21, 08:45 AM
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30 Years Ago: April 1991 in Bicycling magazine

Articles included:
"Cycling Collectibles"
"Off the Back: A Jerk Gets His"


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I never knew Nature Valley was already around back then. lol
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I never knew Nature Valley was already around back then. lol
Yeah I was thinking the same thing. I enjoyed the article on bike collectors BITD (the hunt for the right bike, the hunt for the right part). Somethings never change.
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I ran into Jim Langley at the 1991 Great Western Bike Rally. I'd talked to him previously since I worked for Bike'alog and was pretty good a tracking down obscure bike parts. At GWBR he was on his high-wheeler while I was on my Lightning recumbent. I bet we made an interesting pair.
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Hi SpeedofLite,
Please post the "Oops, I Goofed: The 9 Most Common Bike Maintenance Mistakes" article. Should be enlightening.
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Originally Posted by retrofit View Post
Hi SpeedofLite,
Please post the "Oops, I Goofed: The 9 Most Common Bike Maintenance Mistakes" article. Should be enlightening.
Hopefully these are classic and vintage mistakes that no one would make today,
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The first issue of Bicycling magazine I ever bought! Just started working at a shop when this issue came out and I was getting into collecting vintage balloon tire bikes at that time which is why I bought it.

Used to talk to Leon Dixon on the old AOL instant messenger and finally got to meet him at the Hershey car show several years later. Fascinating guy to talk to.
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Can we see the "budget bikes" article on page 168?

I'm pretty sure I also had this issue bitd.
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Originally Posted by 2cam16 View Post
I never knew Nature Valley was already around back then. lol
Weird. I remember Nature Valley granola bars from at least the early '80s (and can still sing you the TV ad jingle). I was thinking the opposite: in 30 years, granola bars have changed much more than bikes!
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Originally Posted by retrofit View Post
Hi SpeedofLite,
Please post the "Oops, I Goofed: The 9 Most Common Bike Maintenance Mistakes" article. Should be enlightening.
Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
Hopefully these are classic and vintage mistakes that no one would make today,
Sure. Here it is.



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Originally Posted by kingsting View Post

Used to talk to Leon Dixon on the old AOL instant messenger and finally got to meet him at the Hershey car show several years later. Fascinating guy to talk to.
I'm so glad this issue had an article on his collection, my oldest brother had a JC Higgins bike that looks very similar to the '56 model shown on the left side of the photo. I've been trying to find a photo of that bike for my brother since joining BF, and Google searching on Leon Dixon finally has photos and information I have forwarded to my brother. I haven't heard back yet to see if this is a perfect match, but if it's not it's only a year or so off:
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Originally Posted by Dylansbob View Post
Can we see the "budget bikes" article on page 168?

I'm pretty sure I also had this issue bitd.
Sure. But you'll have to work a little for it.
I just posted it as a Road Test/Bike Review article -- Road Test/Bike Review (1991) Best Buy Budget Bikes Block Bank Breaking
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Thanks SpeedofLite.

I found the ad for the Schwinn FOLDING mountain bike interesting; I had never heard of the Montague BiFrame.
Anyone here have one of these or ever ride one? Any concerns about durability?


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Sure. Here it is.


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Re. "A Jerk Gets His" -- I've been commuting by bike daily since the '90s, and it seems to me that I see a lot less of that aggressive driver behavior than I used to. I'm not sure, though, if it's just my own increase in experience, confidence, and gray hair that explains it, or if drivers are actually less triggered by the presence of people on bikes (and maybe more distracted by their phones...). Thoughts?
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Re. "A Jerk Gets His" -- I've been commuting by bike daily since the '90s, and it seems to me that I see a lot less of that aggressive driver behavior than I used to. I'm not sure, though, if it's just my own increase in experience, confidence, and gray hair that explains it, or if drivers are actually less triggered by the presence of people on bikes (and maybe more distracted by their phones...). Thoughts?
Hey Brian, In G'ville the guy that puts on the annual Ride of Silence does a great job and gets all 3 local TV stations involved. That might be a small part of the locals being more accepting in sharing the road. I really hope it's not because they're too busy on their cell phones Hope to see you at the R of S Wed. May 19th - I've been talking it up to the 2 groups I ride with as a worthwhile fun ride that helps our cause as cyclists.
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Hey Brian, In G'ville the guy that puts on the annual Ride of Silence does a great job and gets all 3 local TV stations involved. That might be a small part of the locals being more accepting in sharing the road. I really hope it's not because they're too busy on their cell phones Hope to see you at the R of S Wed. May 19th - I've been talking it up to the 2 groups I ride with as a worthwhile fun ride that helps our cause as cyclists.
Meh. I'm pretty skeptical of Rides of Silence -- I definitely don't think the best way to get people on bikes is to tell them that it might kill them -- but I'll leave the argument for the A&S forum. It's all about being old, over here.
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