Re: [CR]Re: Black cyclists


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Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2002 22:02:18 -0800
From: Chuck Schmidt <chuckschmidt@earthlink.net>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: Re: [CR]Re: Black cyclists
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Yes, Major Motion is still a very active club in L.A. They sponsor a race every year in Inglewood at Hollywood Park (a large horse racing park near LAX).

Chuck SoCal

feldman wrote:
>
> Chuck,
>
> When I lived in LA there was a mostly black club called "Major Motion." Are
> they still a going organization?
> David Feldman
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Chuck Schmidt" <chuckschmidt@earthlink.net>
> Cc: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
> Sent: Saturday, January 26, 2002 9:52 PM
> Subject: [CR]Re: Black cyclists
>
> > Bruce Robbins wrote:
> > >
> > > All this talk of Major Taylor got me thinking about why there seem to be
> so
> > > few black guys interested in old bikes or cycling in general. This, I
> > > stress, is my own perspective up here in Scotland where we don't have a
> big
> > > percentage of people from an ethnic minority background. Most non-white
> > > people here are from India and Pakistan and I love them for their family
> > > values which are like those of British people in the 1950s. I think they
> add
> > > a lot of stability to the community.
> > >
> > > Anyway, I was going to ask if there are any black CR members and if not,
> why
> > > not? It would be a bit scarey if old bikes seemed to be the preserve of
> > > WASPS and people from Italian backgrounds.
> >
> >
> > No need to be scared Bruce. Out here on the West Coast of America, we
> > have all kinds of people riding on classic, vintage race bikes besides
> > just us WASPS. The Rose Bowl Vintage Ride in Pasadena, California has
> > had Jews, Asians, Blacks, Latinos, Pacific Islanders, and I don't know
> > _what_ all else (we never ask about each other's ethnic persuasion here
> > in SoCal; it is enough that we all love old bikes).
> >
> > To be more specific: I have two black friends who own vintage race
> > bikes. One, quite well known in the Los Angeles area, started buying
> > Italian bikes in the early 1970s. For a while he had each new bike
> > painted dark, metallic green. The other only has five bikes: a
> > Pogliaghi tandem, a Pogliaghi track bike, a Cinelli track bike, a Masi
> > GC, and a Mario Confente (aaaarrrrrgggghhhh... there's the M.C. word
> > again that the list is sooooo tired of hearing about!).
> >
> > Can't think of a single person "from Italian backgrounds" who owns an
> > old bike ;)
> >
> > Chuck "go back far enough and we all have black ancestors" Schmidt
> > South Pasadena, Southern California