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Bicycling magazine, Feb 1982: Berto rates rear derailleurs, RAGBRAI, cycling shoes

Old 05-09-21, 08:20 AM
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Bicycling magazine, Feb 1982: Berto rates rear derailleurs, RAGBRAI, cycling shoes

so what was going on in 1980?
January 1 - Eddie Murphy makes his first appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson".
April 1 Ė The 1982 invasion of the Falkland Islands begins when Argentine forces land near Stanley, beginning the Falklands War.
July 2 - Lawnchair Larry flight flies 16,000 feet (4,900 m) above Long Beach, California, in a lawn chair with weather balloons attached

Meanwhile, in the world of Bicycling, we get a great review and comparison of rear derailleurs by Frank Berto, some guidance on how to use toe clips, what cycling shoes are available, advice on exercises by some notables in the world of cycling, and John Rakowski's tour of the US southwest.


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Frank Berto - All About Rear Derailleurs
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that's all the images that are permitted in one post, so time to cut this post short and pick it up in the next post....

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Getting in and out of Toe Clips with Ease....

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Buyer's Guide to Cycling Shoes


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dang... that's the limit for images in one post.
the RAGBRAI article will be in the next post.

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RAGBRAI - Woodstock on wheels, and down-home cycling fun.
This was the era when the Des Moines Register hired a couple of semi trucks to carry the baggage, so when they were unloaded, you had to pick out your seabag from the thousands of others in the long pile of gear, as shown in the photo....

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thanks for posting these Steve !


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Great fun, Thanks.
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Itís kind of interesting that these magazines were primarily focused on cyclists and cycling back before the early 80ís. Sometime in the late 80ís they began to be more focused on the bicycles.
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wow! thank you for this, i remember this vividly and followed the recommendations slavishly. fantastic.
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Originally Posted by icemilkcoffee View Post
Itís kind of interesting that these magazines were primarily focused on cyclists and cycling back before the early 80ís. Sometime in the late 80ís they began to be more focused on the bicycles.
From the early issues of Bicycling that I've gotten a glimpse of, it seemed more like a bike club's newsletter; i.e. there are some events happening, so let's talk about what happened or how to prepare for the next one.
There did seem to be a move towards more commercial content, though. Maybe some of that was due to changes in technology? Certainly mountain bikes were evolving and entering the market in the early 80's, so that needs to be covered.
Road bikes, on the other hand, had been stuck with the same technology for quite a while, at least in the way that Campagnolo had only made time changes in the racing world. The Japanese companies, such as SunTour and Shimano, were trying to get into the USA market and were selling some creative and very price competitive hardware!

The trend towards being more of a marketing publication than one that provides info on a hobby certainly continued and got to the point where I just couldn't stand it anymore. I stopped reading Bicycling somewhere in the late 80's and eventually found Bicycle Guide not long after. Publications like The Rivendell Reader or Cycling Plus were much appreciated too! Adventure Cycling has consistently been a good magazine, with the obvious orientation towards touring.
Jan Heine started his publication Vintage Bicycle Quarterly in the summer of 2002, and I've been subscribing ever since. It started as a 20 page magazine and has literally grown to 112 pages in the last issue, although the "Vintage" was dropped and a lot of attention has been paid to the "all-road" conditions that exist in his area. Considering the difficulties in keeping a magazine both profitable and maintaining the quality, I think he has done quite well.

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Originally Posted by icemilkcoffee View Post
Itís kind of interesting that these magazines were primarily focused on cyclists and cycling back before the early 80ís. Sometime in the late 80ís they began to be more focused on the bicycles. dispensed with thoughtful articles and became full-blown industry advertising rags.
FTFY.

It is quite sad, I used to eagerly await each carefully researched, written, and edited Bicycling and Bike World magazines, knowing that new information about cycling and cycling adventures would soon appear. At some point the superior Bike World disappeared and sometime in the mid-1980s (i.e. about the Eroica cutoff date) Bicycling dispensed with useful articles and became an advertising rag. Something like Berto's derailleur rating article would never appear in Bicycling today, as it might offend one of the sponsors. As steelbikeguy notes, there are still a couple of specialized publications out there than provide some useful research, but these are not widely distributed.
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great rear derailleur analysis by berto and highlights how poor (relatively) the campy parts were and how much better the japanese stuff was by the early 80s.
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just for fun and/or nostalgia.. some of my favorite advertisement....

SunTour p37

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Shimano Dura-Ace EX

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Trek p56
This might have been when they were still making frames only. It's amazing to think of how much the company has evolved!

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