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Old 09-06-07, 07:38 AM
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cycling 1955 style

i know this might be more suitable for the touring section, but as i spend all my time in the road section i thought i'd post this here...

hope you enjoy this take on biking from 1955! i love that music!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyz5d3entBw&mode=related&search=


"...who rediscover their common humanity in finding countryside, exercise and companionship all in one"... great stuff.
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And not a stitch of spandex (or helmets, for that matter) in sight!
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yeah but those are all carbon frames, you know...
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That really is the best cycling film I've seen.....that is the era of my dad's in cycling, and I really want to dress like that now!
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That really is the best cycling film I've seen.....that is the era of my dad's in cycling, and I really want to dress like that now!

I absolutely loved watching that. I want to cycle through England so badly. Thank you for finding and sharing that. What a refreshing look at cycling at its best.

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Fascinating stuff--if you watch the 2nd part, they actually use the word "bonk" (but as a noun, as in "a touch of the bonk"). I would have bet anything it was modern jargon!

And don't those roads look so wonderfully free of traffic?
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i think we should try to revive the era.. how about cycling in a tie tomorrow?

i'm from england, and whilst there are some truly horrible places to cycle, there are lots of county lanes and villages that still look like they do on the film. if you ever do get to Old Blighty, try to get up to the Lake District - it's up north, absolutely stunning scenery.

like this...

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Originally Posted by tpelle
And not a stitch of spandex (or helmets, for that matter) in sight!
But there was a guy smoking a pipe.
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I think I need to start cycling in shorts and knee socks. With a tie and pipe.

At least we still stop for tea and cake (or beer) and the country lanes and churches still look like that. And plenty of sheep too.
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Originally Posted by Hendley
And don't those roads look so wonderfully free of traffic?
Many minor ones still are. If you know where you're going, you can find stretches where you don't see a car for 20 minutes or half an hour.
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr
But there was a guy smoking a pipe.
You don't smoke and ride?






Neither do I
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Originally Posted by Hendley
And don't those roads look so wonderfully free of traffic?
I rode about 15 miles this morning, and was passed by one pickup truck going in my direction, and two Subaru Outbacks going the opposite way.

The cool thing about that video is that it points out that you can ride just for the enjoyment. It strikes me that modern cyclists take themselves too seriously - pacelines, drafting, wearing jerseys that match their bike, etc. God forbid that someone rides in anything but spandex shorts, or, horror of horrors, wears a helmet with a VISOR (Gasp!) on a road bike. Gotta have $200.00 Oakley sunglasses, too, you know.

Great video. Should be required viewing.
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This one's good too:

Video

I hadn't seen it before.
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"Cycling at the tail end of an excursion with a permenent view of crocodile bent backs in front could give anyone the hump."
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Originally Posted by cuski
This one's good too:

Video

I hadn't seen it before.
I love this skit.
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Originally Posted by geist
"Cycling at the tail end of an excursion with a permenent view of crocodile bent backs in front could give anyone the hump."
I'm glad that I don't know what that means.

Those crazy argyle knee-highs are a real deal breaker for me.
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I half expected to see Gordon the Big Engine to be pulling the cyclists' special.
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I was waiting for it to be peppered with some comical quips by 2 robots and a human.
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My local station was Willesden Junction and I only had 10 gears when I bought my first road bi-cy-cle no really......
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That is great. reminds me of what cycling was like for me when I started in1972. Things I noticed were the high level of skill in riding in a group, the very large frames, and a relaxed fit, the comfortable pace, and the relaxed attitude with actual stops along the way. Yea, that's what it used to be like.

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That would be awsome Great find!
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That is great. reminds me of what cycling was like for me when I started in1972. Things I noticed were the high level of skill in riding in a group, the very large frames, and a relaxed fit, the comfortable pace, and the relaxed attitude with actual stops along the way. Yea, that's what it used to be like.

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You're riding with the wrong people.

Our rides are still like that.
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You're riding with the wrong people.

Our rides are still like that.

Wish I could find people like that to ride with. Don't seem to be any like that around here.
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I've always secretly wanted to be a 1950s Englishman.
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I found the bit with them splashing through the washed-over road particularly English.
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