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50 Years Ago: August 1972 in Bicycling! magazine

Old 08-06-22, 03:38 PM
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50 Years Ago: August 1972 in Bicycling! magazine

Articles/columns included are:
SHOP TALK: Why Bike Shops?
"Andrews' Hub Modification"
"Converting the SunTour Honor Derailleur for Touring"

The following articles from this issue were posted previously:

ROAD TEST: ATALA Professional Record M101 (Road Test/Bike Review (1972) Atala Professional Record)

"Revolutionary New Bike Transmission" (Equipment/Product Review (1972) TOKHEIM Transmission)
I also posted an article about the Tokheim transmission published in Bicycling, Feb 1974 (Equipment/Product Review (1974) Tokheim Gear System (Eugene Sloane))

Articles from this issue to be posted within the next few days are TECHNICAL "Which Length Spokes" and "The R.E.W. Reynolds Frame".

As usual, let me know if you'd like to see something else listed in the ToC and I'll add it in a reply to this post or send you a pdf.
If the latter, just send me a PM that includes your email address.

WTB: Slingshot bicycle promotional documents (catalog, pamphlets, etc).
WTB: American Cycling May - Aug, Oct, Dec 1966.
WTB: Bicycle Guide issues 1984 (any); Jun 1987; Jul, Nov/Dec 1992; Apr 1994; 1996 -1998 (any)
WTB: Bike World issue Jun 1974.

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When I skimmed that Honor derailer article, I was thinking it must have been written before the V-GT came out. But then I read it more carefully and now I see he briefly mentions that it's done this way on "the more expensive Suntour models"! (I assume he means V-GT and V-GT Luxe.)

It's funny to me that someone would think a V-GT was too expensive, and go to all this trouble to make a lowly Honor shift a touring freewheel. How much $ was a V-GT back then? I wanna say about $10? Nowadays I think of even the Luxe (alloy cage) model as one of the cheaper derailers of that era.

Clearly I have lead a charmed life. I thought I was a poor high school student then, but I worked at a bike shop and got employee discount, and my family was doing well enough that I didn't need to hand over my paltry wage from part time wrenching to put food on the table. I never would have stooped to putting an Honor on my beloved '71 Super Course. (Still have it — one owner!)

But as one who's put a large amount of time into overhauling (and slightly modifying) an Allvit, I have no right to question someone hotrodding an Honor.

Let no man disparage the Honor of Chuck Harris!!

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I thought the Andrews thru-axle mod was pretty darn cool.
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It's really interesting to see things like this hub and Honor modifications. I thought I was just being eccentric trying to make things work in ways they weren't intended to. Here I was just keeping up an old tradition.
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Excellent post. The magazine was almost popular mechanics for a couple articles. Also, I want a bikes don't pollute shirt.
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In August 1972, I had just finished my masters and was heading from Michigan to Ohio to teach in high school. As I was driving i was listening the congressional hearings on Watergate and whether Nixon was guilty or not. In my trunk was the straight stay Hetchins I had gotten on a bicycle trip to England in 1969. That fall I would start a bicycle club for my students. We would go on Sunday bike rides. My parents were on a trip to Italy that August and picked me up a new all Campagnolo Masi for $350.

I would like to see the article on REW Reynolds. I picked up a pair of cycling shoes from him 2 years later. They are still in my closet but I haven't used them in decades. He showed me the lug set he had carved so his builder could make them into a frame. One of my high school students bought a new Reynolds frame. Reynolds didn't build frames on the premises. When I was apprenticing at Ellis Briggs in Shipley West Yorkshire in 1975, I learned his frames were built by Woodrup in nearby Leeds. Ellis Briggs painted them.
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I enjoy these old magazine posts. Thank you for sharing them.
"It is the unknown around the corner that turns my wheels." -- Heinz Stücke

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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
It's really interesting to see things like this hub and Honor modifications. I thought I was just being eccentric trying to make things work in ways they weren't intended to. Here I was just keeping up an old tradition.
It would be hard to argue that Chuck Harris wasn't a bit eccentric, at least in terms of recycling materials. The roof rack on his van was said to be made from old rims, where he cut them at the joint and then straightened them in preparation for using them as structural elements of the rack.
Here's a quick shot of his VW van at the Horsey Hundred ride near Lexington, Kentucky in 2003...

He was selling his home-made helmet mirrors, but also brought his bike to do the ride. I had parked my bike next to his once, and grabbed a quick photo. This bike shows his characteristic wide range chainrings (he used to make his own chainrings) as well as the home-made Nivex clone derailleur.

Grant Petersen did an article (written by Sheldon Brown) about Mr. Harris in Rivendell Reader #5. Here's the first page of the article, showing one of Chuck's derailleurs...

And just for the human interest aspect, a quick photo of Chuck adjusting a mirror that he just sold to customer at the bike ride...

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