[CR]Pic of the Day - 20 Days crossing the USA

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From: <kevenruf@comcast.net>
To: Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Pic of the Day - 20 Days crossing the USA
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2005 03:33:06 +0000

>20 Days Crossing The USA
>Today's guest image is from Sam Lingo. Thanks, Sam!
>1949 - Ohio State University student Eugene McPherson (right) crosses
>the finish line in NYC to set a new cross-country record of 3054 miles
>in 20 days,7 hours, 29 minutes. His racing rig looks very European for
>the time... compare it to the fixed gears behind him.

Not just a fixed gear behind him, but a track bike with no brakes.

Could you imagine riding 3000+ miles with no brakes?

I tried out my new track rig the other week on a quiet Sunday and when I got home I straight away installed a front brake. So for someone with a derailleur bike to nip a track bike at the line is something to be commended-- for the track bike rider! Although I'm sure there were some long days of commraderie on the road and agreements to ride together for the shelter and mere survival.

--Keven Ruf
Seattle, WA. Brake on the front, but fixed anyway.