[CR]Riding Theory vs. Design vs. Materials vs. Nationality

Example: Component Manufacturers:Avocet

Date: Tue, 6 Apr 2004 19:55:53 -0700 (PDT)
From: r cielec <teaat4p@yahoo.com>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Riding Theory vs. Design vs. Materials vs. Nationality

There's a chickens-to-eggs relation here no doubt. I'm wondering how theories of rider postion, frame & component design, materials, "national flavour" affected riding style, bike set-up and such. Perhaps even road conditions. For example: If there was a rider from the 1920's along side a rider from the 70's, what would one notice about bike set-up, cadence, rider postion etc...? Also, would there be a noticable difference between and English rider and a French rider? I've heard that "a while ago" - 1960's? 1950's? - common practice was to have the largest frame possible such that the saddle had to be full down into the seat tube. I wonder what it would feel like to ride a period correct bike from a very distant period. Can anyone comment?

Richard Cielec Chicago, Illinois

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