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45 Years Ago: April 1978 in Bicycling magazine

Articles/columns included in this and the second post are:
READERS' LETTERS
QUESTION MAN
"The Ultimate City Bicycle" (Berto)

The following articles from this issue were included in past posts:
ROAD TEST: The Schwinn Superior (Road Test/Bike Review (1978) SCHWINN Superior)


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thanks so much for your work to post this continuing series

this month's cover presents some unintended amusement with both machines pictured exhibiting the oh-so-rare lefthand drive


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hey, that's one of the handful of issues I saved! Not a bad one either!

As an Iowa native, I enjoyed the article on RAGBRAI...




and the article on The Bicycling Ernsts is a retro-actively interesting one, because Ted Jr. is a fairly active contributor on the Classic Rendezvous list! He's shared more than a few fascinating stories about how things were back in the day!



and if anyone was wondering what was missing on page 8, it's a letter about cycling for the blind.


Of course, anything written by Owen Mulholland or Frank Berto is a worthwhile read, so you can't go wrong there.
Those were some great years for Bicycling magazine!

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As I recall, Anita was a member of one of my clubs in Phoenix back in the very early 80s. Don't recall too many interactions with her, but I think she was well-regarded.
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As I recall, Anita was a member of one of my clubs in Phoenix back in the very early 80s. Don't recall too many interactions with her, but I think she was well-regarded.
boy, the internet has really made my cycling world a lot smaller and interconnected than it used to be! Always fun to hear about these sorts of stories.

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Originally Posted by SpeedofLite
Articles/columns included in this and the second post are:
READERS' LETTERS
QUESTION MAN
"The Ultimate City Bicycle" (Berto)

The following articles from this issue were included in past posts:
ROAD TEST: The Schwinn Superior (Road Test/Bike Review (1978) SCHWINN Superior)


Otherwise, 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.




Anything by Owen Mulholland is worth a read. Any chance of seeing his "Point of View: Why Racers Race"?

I love the cover photo. This couple would have been right at home at Eroica or Cino. And the letter from Richard Sachs is priceless.

As always, many thanks for these fun strolls down memory lane.
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Originally Posted by bikingshearer
Anything by Owen Mulholland is worth a read. Any chance of seeing his "Point of View: Why Racers Race"?
Sure. Here it is.



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Ted is still around, 90+ now.

the flopped negative on the image cover is the graphic designer license looking for that best layout, the public will never know ...
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Sure. Here it is.
Thank you. I've always enjoyed reading what Owen Mulholland wrote. RIP, Owen.
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I love the ultimate city bike article. I often set up an aw on a quality frame. When I add options I do it with chainrings in front. More complex but easier to make work.
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As always, thank you for the effort to share these old magazine scans. The letters to the editors and the Q&As I always find interesting as well as the old advertisements.
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Like this ! Like Like Like !!! Thank you SpeedofLite !

Who needs some "special" bike to ride a gravel road ? Sheesh .....just show them the cover of this volume and let 'em weep ! Ahahahahahahahaaaa

Doesn't simplicity rule ? H E Yeah !
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It's interesting to see the word "bikepacking" on the 1978 cover. I think of that word as a modern usage. In the 80's I only ever heard it described as "touring".
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Wilderness Bikepacking in 1978 might be a fun read.

I'm curious about the clincher vs. wired-on distinction DeLong makes. He says clinchers are no longer made yet Berto refers to clinchers in the same issue. Anyone know what that is about?

And the wonder at wanting a low gear of 32 inches! I can only imagine what he would say to my 15 inch gear.

These are always fun, thank you!!
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Originally Posted by L134
Wilderness Bikepacking in 1978 might be a fun read.
I'm curious about the clincher vs. wired-on distinction DeLong makes. He says clinchers are no longer made yet Berto refers to clinchers in the same issue. Anyone know what that is about?
Article is inserted below.

As for clincher vs. wired-on, I recall some staffers at Bicycling in the 70s felt the term "clincher" was a misnomer for the way beaded tires attached to hooked rims.
They opined that "wired-on" was more accurate and then pushed their new and "improved" term in subsequent Bicycling issues for a while.
"Clincher" prevailed.
If I can find the genesis article or commentary (without having to look too hard), I'll reply to this thread and/or post it separately.




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Originally Posted by SpeedofLite
Article is inserted below.

As for clincher vs. wired-on, I recall some staffers at Bicycling in the 70s felt the term "clincher" was a misnomer for the way beaded tires attached to hooked rims.
They opined that "wired-on" was more accurate and then pushed their new and "improved" term in subsequent Bicycling issues for a while.
"Clincher" prevailed.
If I can find the genesis article or commentary (without having to look too hard), I'll reply to this thread and/or post it separately.

Thanks a lot.

I get the impression from reading DeLong's responses that he sees a distinction between two different types of tires rather than preferring one term over the other for the same tire. Certainly, I wouldn't expect you to put any more effort into finding an answer than I've been willing to put into it but, when I tried to search the internet I got a lot of hits on wire beads vs folding clinchers. I didn't dig deeply but that didn't seem relevant to what DeLong would've been talking about in 1978. I remember thinking back then that DeLong was one of THE experts in cycling. Interesting to read his responses and wonder which of the current gospels will have fallen by the wayside in 50 years.
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Thanks a lot.

I get the impression from reading DeLong's responses that he sees a distinction between two different types of tires rather than preferring one term over the other for the same tire. Certainly, I wouldn't expect you to put any more effort into finding an answer than I've been willing to put into it but, when I tried to search the internet I got a lot of hits on wire beads vs folding clinchers. I didn't dig deeply but that didn't seem relevant to what DeLong would've been talking about in 1978. I remember thinking back then that DeLong was one of THE experts in cycling. Interesting to read his responses and wonder which of the current gospels will have fallen by the wayside in 50 years.
for me, "wired on" means almost just that- hollow hard rubber "tire", a decent gauge wire- think chain link fence gauge, looped around the wheel with the tire and cinched with a lot of tension closed. I have seen it done, 5 decades ago plus and never since. I forgot a few details.

this looks legit-
pretty wild by todays standards

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nM2DhWbDlC4

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for me, "wired on" means almost just that- hollow hard rubber "tire", a decent gauge wire- think chain link fence gauge, looped around the wheel with the tire and cinched with a lot of tension closed. I have seen it done, 5 decades ago plus and never since. I forgot a few details.

this looks legit-
pretty wild by todays standards

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nM2DhWbDlC4
That's pretty cool and I would say it makes sense but I'm having trouble reconciling it with what DeLong writes:

Missing at the front end is: "Clinchers are not...



and earlier:



So, for DeLong, is the solid tire in the youtube video a "clincher" and a modern day "clincher" a "wired-on" or is there some other tire technology he is referring to? I'm not trying to be argumentative, I'm just kind of curious.
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Originally Posted by L134
That's pretty cool and I would say it makes sense but I'm having trouble reconciling it with what DeLong writes:

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and earlier:



So, for DeLong, is the solid tire in the youtube video a "clincher" and a modern day "clincher" a "wired-on" or is there some other tire technology he is referring to? I'm not trying to be argumentative, I'm just kind of curious.
"Clincher" was an earlier technology for securing tires to a rim, based on what I recall reading a couple of decades ago.
I was poking through some of my old materials, but can't find the source. My recollection is that the clincher was a tire without a bead, but was still a tire that was separate from the tube. I recall some sort of separate ring that seemed to lock or hold the edge of the tire to the rim. Conceptually, it was similar to what tubeless does now, but no adhesive goo was used.

Someone here must have this info??

In current bike tech terminology, there's no apparent distinction between how clincher and wired-on are used.

edit: Sheldon has some info under the entry for clincher that speaks to this linguistic detail...
Strictly speaking, the term "clincher" is slightly incorrect, as it applied to an obsolete style of tire which had ribs in the edges of the tire which fitted into grooves on the rim, where the tire was folded under the tube. The air pressure in the tube pressed the rib into the groove, and "clinched" the tire in place. People who are fussy about this prefer the term "wired-on."
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"Clincher" was an earlier technology for securing tires to a rim, based on what I recall reading a couple of decades ago.
I was poking through some of my old materials, but can't find the source. My recollection is that the clincher was a tire without a bead, but was still a tire that was separate from the tube. I recall some sort of separate ring that seemed to lock or hold the edge of the tire to the rim. Conceptually, it was similar to what tubeless does now, but no adhesive goo was used.

Someone here must have this info??

In current bike tech terminology, there's no apparent distinction between how clincher and wired-on are used.

edit: Sheldon has some info under the entry for clincher that speaks to this linguistic detail...


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Thanks! That looks like it.
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hey, that's one of the handful of issues I saved! Not a bad one either!

As an Iowa native, I enjoyed the article on RAGBRAI...

Thanks for sharing!

Is there more to this article?
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Not sure I have context on Richard Sach's letter, especially the last sentence of the last paragraph or so. It sounds like a complaint, but I'm not sure exactly what he's complaining about. He's reading articles about framebuilders and upset that nobody mentioned his name? Somehow the tone sounds in line with his current instagram account posts (self-important). Some people keep up a single personality their whole lives, for good or for bad.
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Originally Posted by campfire
Thanks for sharing!

Is there more to this article?
There's a little more, but it is only two pages in total...





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