Considering how many of the local riders/racers can't seem to ride without falling (and sometimes hurting themselves, really badly), maybe these new aluminum or carbon fiber bikes are too fast. In the 70's, we might have been slower with our DT shifters and steel bikes, but I can't recall anyone being picked up in an ambulance. This is in group rides at Como Street and later, Simi Valley (early 80's).
Just a thought.
Wes Oishi SoundCycles Los Angeles, CA
PS. Ralph Carnevale and April stopped by the other day, on their way to the Peterson Auto Museum. Have not seen him since he closed Bicycles Pacific. I should have bought that black Colnago he had in my size, but I was already maxed out buying stuff, when he closed.