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Favorite products from long ago

Old 01-05-07, 02:57 PM
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Favorite products from long ago

I'm riding again after 18 years off so there's a lot of new materials and products. Some of the good ones have seemed to disappear. Have you noticed the same?

Things I miss:

1. Quality wheel covers - cheap, versatile alternatives to disk wheels. Cover your spokes for $30 bucks or so and you just gained .3 - .6 mph.

2. Cheap lycra helmet covers -- For $4-7, you can change up your helmet color. (I once pulled off my helmet cover and turned my jersey inside out to drop a cop during a long chase down for a traffic violation. Ahh the good old days...)

3. Cotton cycling tees, extra long with pockets in back. In the old days, Nashbar and Specialized sold these.
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My Campy Delta brakeset from the late 80s. Fashion, hair, etc. were pretty bad back then, but this thing was beautiful (attached).https://www.campyonly.com/images/myst...elta_front.jpg
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Neon bike parts


OMG did I really just say that?
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Dura-Ace crankset w/BB and tools for well under $50. Pro-team jerseys that didn't look like random splotches of color with 38 different random sponsor logos. Sundown Slim and The Bike Barb in "Competitive Cycling." Being able to get chainrings in any number of teeth you could possibly want in either Shimano or Campy. Chains that worked and could be easily disassembled with the same simple tool, reagardless of what drivetrain components you ran. Cinelli #3 saddles.

Oh, and +1 to missing Maynard.
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Originally Posted by h2omojo
Neon bike parts


OMG did I really just say that?
like neon yellow tape and cable housing...? I miss these bars. No J/k
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like neon yellow tape and cable housing...? I miss these bars. No J/k

Yuck. Seriously Hideous.

I dunno if you could call him a product, but I miss Cipo and his flamboyant attire.
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Originally Posted by Cypress

I dunno if you could call him a product, but I miss Cipo and his flamboyant attire.
I guess people's definitions of "long ago" vary by quite a bit.
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott
I guess people's definitions of "long ago" vary by quite a bit.
+1 - I took it to mean at least 80's or before...
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Originally Posted by Psimet2001
+1 - I took it to mean at least 80's or before...

Oh, well in that case, what about those Schwinn Stingrays with the bananna seats? Cables that when they came loose and went into your spokes didn't bend with your wheel, no way, if these babies went into your spokes you were on your head with your bike on top of you. A korean welded Rampar dirtbike, man whatever happened to those? Lets see, what about those grips that fit on your handlebar that when you twisted them made some sort of fake motorcycle sound? Man I miss those . What I really miss is a homemade jump made from a board and a log. Visited my nephew recently and he had a store bought plastic ramp. Just didn't make the same satisfying thunk when I hit it on my mountain bike.
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I miss my auto-shifting campy on the Bianchi Trofeo I had. If I stood and cranked, it would shift down for me.

*sigh*
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I miss my auto-shifting campy on the Bianchi Trofeo I had. If I stood and cranked, it would shift down for me.

*sigh*
- Ahh...the good old days. FWIW - the Basso pictured occasionally did the same thing with a Shimano 8 group on it.
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simplicity and beautiful parts like the older campy hubs, simplex shifters, cincelli stems and bars, campy heads on pumps, wool jerseys that dont' cost $100.00+, suntour superbe products.
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Natch, beat me to it. That product was simplicity and genius.
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Stem-mount shifters.
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Stem-mount shifters.
for me: Shimano RSX STI shifters. I know, they're ancient.
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That metal ring thing that bolted behind the brake caliper that rubbed on the tire to knock off all of the debris. Who recalls what they were called?
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That metal ring thing that bolted behind the brake caliper that rubbed on the tire to knock off all of the debris. Who recalls what they were called?
Tire saver. https://www.sheldonbrown.com/flats.html

Tire Savers

Some punctures are caused by glass slivers or thorns gradually working their way through the tire tread. What can happen is that a small sharp object may be picked up by the tire, then gradually work its way in over the course of several tire revolutions. The pointy thing is driven in like a nail into wood by repeated blows against the pavement. A formerly popular device called a "tire saver" or "flint snatcher" used a loosely spring piece of wire (generally made from a bicycle spoke) to constantly brush the tire tread in hope of dislodging glass slivers and the like before they could penetrate all the way to the inner tube.

These are of dubious value in practice, but may be of help in backward areas where throwaway beverage bottles are still legal, and glass slivers are a major problem.
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