Re: [CR]Yesterday's equipment in modern races


From: WesOishi@aol.com
Date: Tue, 11 May 2004 00:13:33 EDT
Subject: Re: [CR]Yesterday's equipment in modern races
To: chuckschmidt@earthlink.net, Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org


In a message dated 5/10/04 8:09:34 PM Pacific Daylight Time, chuckschmidt@earthlink.net writes: I've been going to the MBGP since 1976 and it has _always_ been a crashfest!

"Same as it ever was... same as it ever was... same as it ever was..." (Talking Heads) xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx I dunno Chuck (and listees). I have introduced a lot of beginners to the sport, and the injuries at local races (and group rides) seems to have increased to the point where I am not as enthusiastic about people riding bikes. Locally, in a racing context or not, we've had an abundance of broken backs, face plants, broken whatever, even fatalities. I wonder if the USCF has any data on injuries and if the frequency of same is increasing or decreasing.

It seems to me that during my really active period, from say, 1975 to 1985, there were a lot less crashes. Maybe due to a lot fewer people on bikes. But I'm not happy to say I've been into almost every ER in the L.A. area, picking up people and driving them home.

Wes Oishi
L.A.