[CR]Rip van Winkle: where are the steel bikes?

(Example: Production Builders)

Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2005 21:22:28 -0400
From: "HM & SS Sachs" <sachs@erols.com>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org, Sam.Fitzsimmons@verizon.net
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Subject: [CR]Rip van Winkle: where are the steel bikes?

Went out today on a PPTC (Washington area touring club) ride; maybe 40 - 50 folks showed up at the start for the "A," "BB," and "B" rides. About 65 mi. for my "B" group, counting navigational idiosyncracies. I counted 4 or 5 lugged bikes, couple of others TiG-welded steel, and all the rest was this stuff that I know nothing about. Ti, newer Al, carbon fiber, and stuff like that. The '73 Hetchins felt like a bit of anomaly. Of course, I'm not sure that most of the group I rode with had ever heard non-indexed shifting when it ain't perfect.

Sanity check: had a blow-out, while riding with 2 other folks. Neither had ever seen a sew-up before. I guess us old curmudgeons need to do some gentle proselytizing...

harvey sachs
mcLean va