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Old 12-18-2012, 12:04 PM   #26521
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We went through a phase where we would saw the forks off another bike, and hammer them onto the existing forks, making a chopper. Couldn't keep the front wheel on the ground! The minibikes, and then dirtbikes put the whole bicycle thing on the backburner for years...
We did the exact same thing with the forks! It amazes me the similarity in things we would do in a time where media/technology was nonexistent and we lived thousands of miles apart.

These are in my garage now, the little neighbors love to cruise them around the hood.





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Old 12-18-2012, 12:10 PM   #26522
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We did the exact same thing with the forks! It amazes me the similarity in things we would do in a time where media/technology was nonexistent and we lived thousands of miles apart.

These are in my garage now, the little neighbors love to cruise them around the hood.

I remember riding my friend's one of those exact same bikes, and being amazed at how awful it was. slow, heavy, sloppy steering, horrible brakes. but, hey, you looked cool doing it, I guess. Maybe /thats/ why Harley's are so popular?!?

of course, at that point in time (late 60s, I was 15 or 16), I was into riding my Dawes all over San Francisco. my friends with the stingrays thought that around the block was too far, and anything resembling a hill was for walking up.
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:13 PM   #26523
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I remember riding my friend's one of those exact same bikes, and being amazed at how awful it was. slow, heavy, sloppy steering, horrible brakes. but, hey, you looked cool doing it, I guess. Maybe /thats/ why Harley's are so popular?!?

of course, at that point in time (late 60s, I was 15 or 16), I was into riding my Dawes all over San Francisco. my friends with the stingrays thought that around the block was too far, and anything resembling a hill was for walking up.
You had lame friends and at 15/16 my bikes were stashed in the corner of the garage because we had moved on to cars/motorcycles.
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:15 PM   #26524
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And now, a word from James May on bicycles and road cyclists in-particular (aka gimp suits)

http://www.topgear.com/uk/james-may/james-may-bicycles
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:20 PM   #26525
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And now, a word from James May on bicycles and road cyclists in-particular (aka gimp suits)

http://www.topgear.com/uk/james-may/james-may-bicycles
"Cyclists have become miserabilists."

He's right. I see prime examples of this almost daily. You'd think they're all on the "Tour de Fuck You."
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:23 PM   #26526
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"May, 8,000; other cyclists, nil. I supposed I might just be coming across as a weirdo. So I then tried smiling instead. Still nothing."

"Don't come over all superior with me, you saddle-faced gits."



That is no bullshit, I could have the most fucked up day ever and about 2 miles into a trip to the beer store, I have a permanent smile affixed to my face.

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Old 12-18-2012, 12:29 PM   #26527
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I remember riding my friend's one of those exact same bikes, and being amazed at how awful it was. slow, heavy, sloppy steering, horrible brakes. but, hey, you looked cool doing it, I guess.
It's been decades, and I still remember how awful those things were. What's amazing is how much we still managed to do with that crappy technology.
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:31 PM   #26528
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What's amazing is how much we still managed to do with that crappy technology.
I won many of BMX races in the 70's on a Ashtabula equipped Schwinn Scrambler.
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:33 PM   #26529
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You had lame friends and at 15/16 my bikes were stashed in the corner of the garage because we had moved on to cars/motorcycles.
hardly anyone drove cars in San Francisco. my parents only ever had a single car, which was garaged most of the time... they didn't get a second car until we moved into the burbs (Marin) in the 70s.
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:40 PM   #26530
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I won many of BMX races in the 70's on a Ashtabula equipped Schwinn Scrambler.
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:42 PM   #26531
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I won many of BMX races in the 70's on a Ashtabula equipped Schwinn Scrambler.

yeah, but I bet it didn't have a chrome springer fork

or a coaster brake.
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:31 PM   #26532
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"Cyclists have become miserabilists."

He's right. I see prime examples of this almost daily. You'd think they're all on the "Tour de Fuck You."
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"May, 8,000; other cyclists, nil. I supposed I might just be coming across as a weirdo. So I then tried smiling instead. Still nothing."

"Don't come over all superior with me, you saddle-faced gits."



That is no bullshit, I could have the most fucked up day ever and about 2 miles into a trip to the beer store, I have a permanent smile affixed to my face.

Truth... and that is a sweet beer-getter!
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:04 PM   #26533
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Amazingly enough, MCs and bicycles share the same hazards on the road.

Some of those stories could have come out of my mouth at one time or another!

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Old 12-18-2012, 03:15 PM   #26534
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Did you know these will do over 60 on a nice long hill ,say like just outside of Morrisson,Co. DAMHIKT
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:38 PM   #26535
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yeah, but I bet it didn't have a chrome springer fork

or a coaster brake.
You sir are correct.

Regardless, that gold Sting Ray is fun as hell to cruise around on. I ride bikes, all different kinds, big, small, heavy, light, ugly, perdy...dosen't matter. They all have an uncanny ability to put an instant smile on my face, period.
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