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50 Years Ago: July 1974 in Bicycling! magazine

Articles/columns included are:
QUESTION MAN
"What Effects [sic] Bicycle Speed?" Part 1
"A Look at the World Hour-Record Bicycle" (Eddy Merckx, 1972)

The following articles from this issue were posted previously:

ROAD TEST - FUJI Special Road Racer S10-S (Road Test/Bike Review (1974) Fuji Special Road Racer S10-S)

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 provide a link to a pdf.
























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Neat! The nerd quotient of the speed article pegs the needle and much applies even today. I'll even cut them some slack for using Effects and not Affects. ;-)

Can "all hail the Merckx" be said too often? It cannot.
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Thanks as always SoL, can you scan the Fuji Special Road Racer road test ?
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Originally Posted by Deal4Fuji
Thanks as always SoL, can you scan the Fuji Special Road Racer road test ?
I can. And I did. The hyperlink to that article was included in the first post of this thread.
However, if you mean you would like a pdf version of that article, I've attached one to this post. Anyone with Fuji in their user name should have one.
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Loved the Question Man item in this issue.

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Originally Posted by SpeedofLite
I can. And I did. The hyperlink to that article was included in the first post of this thread.
However, if you mean you would like a pdf version of that article, I've attached one to this post. Anyone with Fuji in their user name should have one.
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I’d like to see “Insights at ‘74 World CX…”
Thanks.
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Originally Posted by Rick_D
Neat! The nerd quotient of the speed article pegs the needle and much applies even today. I'll even cut them some slack for using Effects and not Affects. ;-)
....
I was a bit surprised to see "effects" used instead of "affects" too, but what really got me was the more innocent error of referring to McDonnell Douglas Co. as "MacDonald Douglas Co.".
As a former employee, I might be more sensitive to this little detail.
edit: .. and why was an acoustic engineer part of the team??

The comparison between clinchers and sew-ups produced the expected results, but I was hoping for more detail on the clinchers. Were "high pressure" clinchers available then? i.e. 90 psi 1 1/8" clinchers? They didn't have supple casings then, so they were never going to compete with a nice silk tubular with latex tubes. It would be nice to know if they were working with the 70 psi, 1 1/4" clinchers that I started with or the much more advanced high pressure clinchers.

The quick efforts to create aero fairings for the wheels and frames were effective at showing the advantages that were just waiting to be utilized! Who knew that the UCI would resist those simple aero mods?

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Originally Posted by Classtime
I’d like to see “Insights at ‘74 World CX…”
Thanks.
Sure, here it is.




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BITD Chet Kyle and I both raced Teledyne Titans in the Vet class. He boasted that our bikes had the highest scrap value of anything in the races.
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SpeedofLite: Any chance of seeing what Owen Mulholland had to say about Mike Neel? Thanks in advance.
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As usual, thanks for posting these. I loved them when new and like them all over again.

I "Snipped" a copy of the plot on page 24 - good info that.

How about 2 more articles -

Getting In Touch With the English (P 34)

Lightening Your Bike (p 50) <-- I'm far from a weight weenie but want to see what's recommended.
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Originally Posted by non-fixie
Loved the Question Man item in this issue.
I chuckled that the question of hanging a bike by the wheels has been asked online, including on this forum. Imagine back in the day to get an answer to a question like this, one had to write a letter, put it in an envelope, put a stamp on it, mail it, and wait for an answer to maybe be published in a magazine. All that trouble and there would not be ensuing arguments whether it was indeed safe.
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SpeedofLite: Any chance of seeing what Owen Mulholland had to say about Mike Neel? Thanks in advance.
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Originally Posted by Bad Lag
How about 2 more articles -

Getting In Touch With the English (P 34)

Lightening Your Bike (p 50) <-- I'm far from a weight weenie but want to see what's recommended.
Sure, here they are.











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Thank you for the updated articles. I really do appreciate them.

After reading the "Getting In Touch With the English" article, I went to see if the Cyclists' Touring Club was still around. Indeed it is. For brevity, they now use "Cycling UK" as their trade name but it is the same organization.

Link to Cycling UK

If I ever get to go back to the UK, I'll have to make a special point to rent a bike and go for a ride.

They also mention the Rough Stuff Fellowship, which is also still around. With the pending emergence of mountain bikes, that organization was probably just a few years away from an explosion in popularity when this article was written (1974).

Link to Rough Stuff Fellowship

Similarly, The Fell Club is also still around.

Link to The Fell Club

The British Cycling Federation is the governing body for racing in the UK, so, yes, they are still around.

My parting shot - page 52, oh MY!

Thanks, again.

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Lovely reading and the advertisements are fun. Cool to see very small companies trying to innovate.
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Fifty years ago, I was a Junior in the Amateur Bicycle League of America, which would change its name to the United States Cycling Federation one year later. There were no silly gear restrictions on Juniors then, thank heaven. Leather helmets/hairnets were only worn during races. After a concussion on a training ride, my parents bought me that first Bell bicycle helmet when it came out. Colin Laing asked me if I could put it in my pocket if I got a headache...

As the "What Effects Bicycle Speed?" article shows, the term for tubular tires in the United States of America was "sew-ups". The clinchers of the day were heavier, and slower, as measured at the time, and as known to everybody who rode sew-ups. You could feel the difference riding, and it came out in the numbers, as the article states. Lower pressures in clinchers were known to be slower than higher pressures, too, whether the roads were smooth, or not. For department-store bicycle tires, that is still true today, btw.

Eddy Merckx would eat Lance Armstrong for breakfast. (figuratively)

Thanks for posting these, truly. Got any 'International Cycle Sport's?
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Thanks for posting these, truly.
You and others are welcome, sincerely.

Originally Posted by Fredo76
Got any 'International Cycle Sport's?
No I don't, but I did have to check.
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I too enjoyed the Question Man column. Hard to imagine today that someone would write a letter asking which of 3 locations to use to mount a water bottle , mail it, and wait for the next issue of Bicycling to arrive with the answer.
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Originally Posted by SpeedofLite
Yes, an excellent chance.
Many thanks. Mike Neel gets a fair amount of attention and accolades, but even so I think he is one of the undersung heroes of American cycling. His leadership as DS on the 7-Eleven team, including during Hampsten's Giro-winning campaign, is a tale more should know.

At the second Eroica CA, Mike Neel, along with Andy Hampsten, was at the Saturday evening pre-ride dinner. After he had said a few words to the crowd and the auction got under way, I saw him standing alone at the back of the big tent. I approached him and thanked him for all he had done for the sport. I had previously seen him driving a team car at the late, lamented SF Grand Prix, going stupid-fast on the city streets. As the auction continued, he groused about the low bids some of the items were fetching. I suggested that the organizers should auction off a race-time ride in a team car with him driving. He got a little smile on his face and, referring to the theoretical winning bidder, said: "They'd s*** their pants."

It was one of the highlights of my weekend.
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edit: .. and why was an acoustic engineer part of the team??
Attached you'll find an article that contains some background information.

I'm sure SpeedofLite will post part 2 of Kyle's article next month.

I have a couple of related articles (mostly hard-to-find conference papers) by Dr Kyle from the same decade. Happy to share them if anyone is interested.
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