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Photos 1974 Cyclecamping in the Mountains

Old 05-14-23, 08:38 AM
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Photos 1974 Cyclecamping in the Mountains

https://goo.gl/photos/s9DLMV8WXn5i6y8s6

During my frame building days, I tried to take a month off each season to do a sporting ride around the Pacific North West. Here are some photos from a most excellent ride. My first wife Virginia and I rode around 100 miles a day for 3 weeks, in the mountains of Oregon and northern California. Jim Merz
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Wow those are beautiful and inspiring. Thanks for sharing.
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Beautiful photos.
Inspiring epic ride.
It makes me wonder how much the roads and area of your route have changed in the last 50 years.
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Absolutely beautiful photography. Definitely not taken with the Instamatic 110 of the day. 100 mile days with that gear in that terrain must have been some workout. Thanks for sharing.
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Sweet, Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks for sharing the pics. I'm curious, what sort of gearing where you running in '74 to climb those mountains? I didn't know any better on my first two tours in the early 80s and ran 2 x 5 on one tour and 2 x 6 on the other both with "alpine" gearing (52/42 rings and 14-28 freewheels).
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Superb photography, thanks for sharing ​​​​​​​
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The Holy Grail's of Merz.

One I have, one I don't.
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Strongly encourage everybody to seek out James Mason photography on the web.
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I took these photos with my Topcon Super D with 35mm, 58mm, and 135mm lenses. Kodachrome slide film. Both of us were strong riders, ah, to be young!

I see from the photos that both bikes have Campagnolo triple cranks with 36 tooth inner ring, I assume the other 2 were 52t. and 42t. I don't think we used anything lower than a 25t freewheel. Gran Turismo rear derailleurs! The bike Virginia is riding was Merz # 2 I think. That down tube decal was only used a few times. The color of her frame inspired the Specialized Bicycle "Merz" Sequoia tribute limited edition bike, designed by the very talented Erik Nohlin. Story here:

https://theradavist.com/the-jim-merz...lized-sequoia/


James Mason has some great bike photos on this link: https://pbase.com/zidar/root&page=3
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