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50 Years Ago: January 1972 in Bicycling! magazine

Old 01-09-22, 08:47 PM
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50 Years Ago: January 1972 in Bicycling! magazine

Included articles are:
"The Bicycle is my Kitchen"
"Above the Crowd"

"TECHNICAL - Your Custom Frame" focused on handlebar selection.
It was from a series of custom frame articles posted previously (Frames and Framebuilding -- 1970 - 1979 (Part 2))

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WOW. Around the world on a bike. In 1884 no less. I’ll have to print that to read it. I may have to look around for The Lost Cyclist and reread it.
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Bikeology as a term right about the time Alan Goldsmith started a bike shop with that name.
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I wonder if they ever found out the writer of the first article.
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On the cover: A Schwinn Suburban (or possibly a Collegiate)! How different from today's covers for Bicycling that show the latest CF, electronic shifting wonder bike! Great reading. Thanks SoL!
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It is a 5 Speed Schwinn SUBURBAN ! You can definitively tell by the large flange wheels, and the fact that the fenders mounting points are eyelets on the frame, rather than at the axle as on Collegiate models.

What a great cover photo! A prettty lady and you can tell that she is really enjoying the moment and the scenery on the fun ride. That great, probably '71, burgandy step through 5 speed SUBURBAN is probably still going strong, somewhere today. Hopefully, the young lady from 1971 is still healthy and happy and riding strong today!
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Cover Girl: short shorts (probably used Nair), sandals, and no helmet - I like

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Originally Posted by Vintage Schwinn View Post
It is a 5 Speed Schwinn SUBURBAN ! You can definitively tell by the large flange wheels, and the fact that the fenders mounting points are eyelets on the frame, rather than at the axle as on Collegiate models.

What a great cover photo! A prettty lady and you can tell that she is really enjoying the moment and the scenery on the fun ride. That great, probably '71, burgandy step through 5 speed SUBURBAN is probably still going strong, somewhere today. Hopefully, the young lady from 1971 is still healthy and happy and riding strong today!
Vintage Schwinn Let me commend you on a concise, well written, and lacking (for the most part) all capital letters (which equates to shouting in today's online forum, email, and texting world).

Thank you for confirming it is a Suburban and not a Collegiate. You have a great eye for such details. I was trying to distinguish the difference between a bladed or tubular front fork. But due to the lower resolution and blurring caused by the rider and bike in motion, I was uncertain.

Again--- great post. Keep up the effort to keep responses and paragraphs short and to the point!
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I agree with pastorbobnlnh : I no longer subscribe to bicycle magazines of any sort, because all of them seem to be focused on the "racing" crowd (be it MTB, road or whatever). The cover of the subject magazine (a national magazine at that) simply illustrated the joy of riding, and not the focus on gear or technique or competition. Bicycle Times (and to a certain extent its sister publication Dirt Rag) tried to capture that same ethic but unfortunately both have now folded (no pun intended)......
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