Today we’re debating road disc, tire widths, and blinding each other at night on the path with bright lights – safety just came up too with the RedBull Rampage. Back then, in the olden times, it was the Battle of the Safeties:
Cartoon depicts the looming battle between Safety Bicycles and Safety Ordinaries like the Kangaroo. Artist G. Moore makes it clear who the winner will be.
At the beginning of the 20th century, road bikes had already assumed the basic shape that we recognize today, the “safety bicycle.” The rider sits behind the steering axis, pedals/cranks driving the rear wheel through a drivetrain, usually employing gearwheels and a chain.
Source: G. Moore | Canada Science and Technology Museum via Google Cultural Institute.
Meanwhile in the shop, Mark V has been kitting out an old Sannino road frame to make it fit Eroica regulations, i.e. resembling pre-1987. But can’t bring himself to spend good money on eBay for 7sp freewheels. So he snagged a set of White Industries Rocket 88 hubs (early ’90s). 32hole is the Eroica minimum, and rims no taller than 20mm. Mark has been working on the Sannino since the summer and in Issue 24 shared a gallery of the progress to date.
Fantastic bit of riding at the Men’s Sprint Gold Final during Track Cycling World Cup in Cali, Colombia. Note the backwards hop to get unboxed.