On Monday, June 2, 2003, at 07:39 PM, ADP wrote:
> Seriously though, I think the classic era ended when the bicycle and
> bicycling stopped being a symbol of individualism and started being a
> just piece of equipment used for fitness or competition.
See that's a bit of a problem since cycling never lost any of it's
individuality. The people who were into self-reliance and DIY just
switched to fat-tires around '82. The folks who were really into
looking cool and calling 13 year-olds that had been riding longer than
they had 'poseur dorks' because they're weren't riding Italian steel
with full Campagnolo stayed. The individualists went into the woods,
jerk racer geeks went into the magazines, and the other 90% of cyclists
kept doing what they've always done and continue to do. . . they rode
"Sine coffea nihil sum."
--Sarah Vowell-- ++++++++++++++++++