Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Simpler times...

This came across my email this morning.  My first thoughts were that this was a time when you didn't worry about whether you could run your newest wheelset tubeless.  You didn't spend countless hours asking on-line if the gearing on your next bike should be 3x10 or 2x10 or whether the gearing was low enough for your 29"er.  You didn't get scowled at for riding without a helmet by the helmeted ones. 
Nope, you just got on your bike and rode the damn thing. 

Hmmm, maybe that Murray Baja could be converted to 650b.  Seems to be a lot of clearance.  I think I'll go ask the forum experts...


(What's playing:  John Lee Hooker The Waterfront)

6 comments:

Collin said...

It reminds of when you went to the bike shop and just.....bought a bike. No one asked you "What type of rider are you? XC? Downhill?"

Brad Mitchell said...

That is AWESOME. Reminds me of my '83 Miyata Terra Runner that I ride every single day :)

Oli said...

You have summed up the zeitgeist perfectly, Mike.

Tim Joe said...

Life is really weird. The other day I was trying to remember and describe to my young friend Gypsy By Trade the Anti-Schwinn Stingray. The early Schwinns had curved top tubes but the other, "tougher" stingrays had straight tubes and and I couldn't remember the brand until this post of yours. They were Murrays and I swear they were called Mustangs but I can't find anything to back this up, because I didn't look. But thanks.

Velosopher said...

I'll never forget my first solo ride to the park on my hand-me-down candy-apple-red two-wheeler. I have no idea of make, model, tire size, or saddle setback. I do remember that a friend's mom saw me there and complimented me on riding without training wheels. Don't think I've been prouder in the 40 years since.

ol'grumpy said...

If it weren't for the "pro level" canti brakes, then you could totally convert that thing to 27.5"! Well you probably still could, just use some pro level linear pull jobbies...