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40 Years Ago: June 1982 in Bicycling magazine

Old 06-19-22, 09:00 PM
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40 Years Ago: June 1982 in Bicycling magazine

Articles/Columns included in this post are:
The Open Road
"It's Time to Consider Wider Rims and Tires Again"
Technical Q & A

The following article(s) in this issue were posted previously:

Road Test: "The Klunkers of Marin" (Road Test/Bike Review (1982) Klunkers of Marin)

As usual, let me know if you'd like to see something else listed in the ToC.
Just reply to this post or send me a PM and I'll send you a pdf of your requested article or insert it in a separate post to this thread.



















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Interesting to read John Allen's article advocating for wider tires! It's almost as if he knew that Jan Heine would convince the world to use wider tires in just a brief 30 years or so.
Interesting that on the same page is a Specialized tire ad, and the skinniest tire shown is a 25mm tire. Meanwhile, I have two 1980's bikes with short reach Campy brakes that were designed for 23mm tires and can't fit a true 25mm tire.

I notice an article from Sheldon Brown listed in the Table of Contents. Can we get a look at that??


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Tire width needs to go up because people will drive less.... If only!
I Consider 35-38 as the sweet spot in tire width. In 82 I wanted skinnier.
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Originally Posted by steelbikeguy View Post

I notice an article from Sheldon Brown listed in the Table of Contents. Can we get a look at that??


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I'll second that request, anything from Sheldon ought to be an interesting read.
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Those Brooks short shorts made me chuckle about the time period. Like the cover. And the letter about the turkey levers...
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SpeefofLite, Thank you for posting this, it's from my Era and brings back some great memories,

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Originally Posted by poprad View Post
I'll second that request, anything from Sheldon ought to be an interesting read.
I hope Speedoflite doesn't mind, but this prompted me to do a quick check of what I've got in my own small library of vintage magazines. It turns out that I've got an article by Sheldon and John Allen on brake set-up. John Allen had collaborated with Sheldon on various articles, and has maintained Sheldon's website after his passing. Thanks to both of them for their long efforts to educate us!

This is from the February 1982 issue of Bicycling.
Titled: Know Your Brakes: Part Two
Caliper and Lever Setup

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I liked the toothbrush advice -- I have been saving old toothbrushes and worn-out socks for years, as ideal cleaning and scrubbing tools.
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That's me on the cover in the purple t-shirt, my then girlfriend and co founder of the Fat Tire Flyer, Denise Caramagno is the woman on the left.
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That's me on the cover in the purple t-shirt, my then girlfriend and co founder of the Fat Tire Flyer, Denise Caramagno is the woman on the left.
Ok that's cool!
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Originally Posted by steelbikeguy View Post
I notice an article from Sheldon Brown listed in the Table of Contents. Can we get a look at that??
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I'll second that request, anything from Sheldon ought to be an interesting read.
Sure. Here ya go. The first 7 pages below and the last 6 pages in the next post.













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Continuation of John Allen and Sheldon Brown "Improving Small Battery Lights".











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a lot of good suggestions for the lights of that era. I had one of those Wonder headlights, and it seemed pretty good for that time.
Of course, all of the lights of that era were utter junk compared to even the most modest LED lights of today.
On the plus side, car headlights were fairly worthless too, so they weren't blinding us too badly, and our youthful eyes still worked reasonably well in low light.

I appreciated seeing the Belt Beacon in the list. I used mine for quite a while, and recently reverse engineered it in order to make a tiny LED version. Kinda fun.
The original Belt Beacon guts:



and a modern equivalent that runs off of 3V and drives a 5mm red LED. The whole thing is maybe 25mm to 30mm long.



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Interesting error in Susan Weaver's article: according to her, Felice Gimondi - and not Jacques Anquetil - won the 1964 TDF.

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Thanks for the lights article. Really makes you appreciate modern dynamo stuff.
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Originally Posted by jdawginsc View Post
Those Brooks short shorts made me chuckle about the time period. Like the cover. And the letter about the turkey levers...
I dated a racer who shortened her shorts- totally non race reg compliant but only the other women racers disapproved.
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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
Interesting error in Susan Weaver's article: according to her, Felice Gimondi - and not Jacques Anquetil - won the 1964 TDF.

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I bought the Kuban Hitch because of Bicycling Magazine. I thought it was great! Rolleiflex at the ready without the flopping around. Thanks for the memories.

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The campmor catalogue ads were always inspiring.
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Love looking at these Bicycling magazines from the 80s. I read all of them cover to cover. As a graphic designer during that time period I always thought their layout and typography was great.
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