snipped: On Mon, 02 Jun 2003 23:04:15 +0000 email@example.com writes: "Maybe the big difference between 1980 and 1985 had less to do with the march of technology and more to do with a new class of folks who came into the sport and were less entranced with the European weirdness of the whole thing (which I have always found intoxicating.) The triatheletes and, later, the mountain bikers wanted a different kind of flash, convenience, and experience, and a mature, post-boom industry was ready to give it to them."
i sum it up in one word: androgyny.
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