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July 1975 issue of Bicycling magazine - review of track bikes and the Vuelta d'Espana

Old 04-21-21, 07:44 PM
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July 1975 issue of Bicycling magazine - review of track bikes and the Vuelta d'Espana

I've enjoyed the postings of SpeedofLite, sharing vintage bike magazines. Somehow, I managed to hang onto a few issues of assorted magazines too, and figured that I ought to share the highlights of them.

The oldest one in my collection is the July 1975 issue of Bicycling. This was my first exposure to any bike magazine, and I'm sure I reread it a dozen times! It contains the usual advertisements and filler material that we expect in any magazine, but there are some great feature articles too!

first, the table of contents:

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The Super Track Bike Road Test is the first of these features, comparing a Fuji TF Sprint, a Kabuki Special, a Masi Pursuit, a Miyata Professional, a Panasonic Ultralight, and a Ron Cooper Sprint. The Masi might be my favorite, just because it was built by Mario Confente, but the Panasonic Ultralight is next. This bike is the ultimate weight weenie masterpiece!


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There is also a quick article about the Vuelta d'Espana by Owen Mulholland. Mr. Mulholland has done wonderful historic articles in Bicycling over the years.


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Those are the articles that stand out for me. If there is anything else in the table of contents that looks like fun, let me know and I'll post it.

Steve in Peoria
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That Masi was on display at the Carlsbad plant in 1975 for a time in the reception area.
Columbus tubing.
but an 86" gear too big? Oh dear.
Probably a 48x15, pretty standard workout ratio.
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The Panasonic Ultralight was awesome! From the exposed headset bearings to the ultra thin chainrings..................yikes!

They had to work within the limitations of the then current technology of bicycles. It would be fun to recreate the methods that they used on a future build.
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You'd think they could spell Vuelta a Espaņa correctly.
Love that drillium rim though.
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
You'd think they could spell Vuelta a Espaņa correctly.
Love that drillium rim though.
probably not in the photo type setter library...
at least they did not call it the tour of Spain
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Originally Posted by hazetguy View Post
steelbikeguy, will you post the Indiana Little 500 Photo Essay?
ah yes... the Little 500, before it was made famous in a movie.
I have to give credit to the movie, as it was actually a decent movie and didn't ignore all the facts.
I tend to use Top Gun as a reference for a movie that just barely gets any facts right in order to stick with a dramatic story. This sort of movie tends to be better if you know nothing about the subject matter.
anyway.. back to the Little 500 subject!

The cover is a nice shot from the race...


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The article itself is just two pages... not a lot, unless you consider that this is all the coverage that the Vuelta got.

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Reading it again, I don't think I ever noticed that it mentions that Wayne Stetina led his frat to victory the previous year! That's some pretty serious competition! How does AMF not have ads with Wayne on a Roadmaster??

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