Proof of Halcyon Days on the Web
There was a time when cycling was totally different from what it is today. Honest! It was in my lifetime and I am not that old! I have found proof of this on the web.
I truly was beginning to wonder if my memory was failing. Perhaps it was always this way, but I wasn’t observant enough to notice it?
- Since when did it become “necessary” to spend hundreds, nay thousands (I saw a bike yesterday in the shop that cost $5,000) for a bicycle?
- Since when did it become “necessary” to wear clownish clothes?
- Since when was bike riding restricted to weekends because it took a half-an-hour to get ready to ride?
- Since when did people mount a bike on a car, to drive out to a “safe” place to ride?
- Since when did people drive to the spa so they could ride a stationary?
- Or, while riding that stationary have someone describe what a ride in the country was like?
- Since when did people start paying so much attention to their heart rate?
- Since when did sidewalk riding become legitimized?
- Since when did so many cyclists decide it was “cool” to ride through red lights and ignore other traffic laws?
- Since when was there so much rage and aggressive driving?
Ken Kifer saw the changes, too. And said this about it:
There Was A Time When:
- Bicycles came with fenders (mudguards)
- Bicycles came with chainguards
- Bicycles came with kickstands
- Bicycles came with a comfortable seat
- Bicycles came with a comfortable upright riding position
- Bicycles came with one speed
- Bicycles came with three speeds and could be shifted while stopped