What about the Finns? Why isn't Graham giving all the credit to the Finns?
They must be heard.
You are right in that if Nokia (now Nokian):
* had not diversified into producing bicycle tyres in 1977
*had not decided to produce large diameter wide aggressively treaded snow tyres
* had not been willing to export these tyres...
...then the brief production of 650b bikes in the early 1980's would, in all probability, never have taken place.However, I started this thread because the back story given to the 650b Ritchey shown at Interbike last year did not match the historical evidence. This thread was never intended to correctly apportion credit for the development of 1980's 650b mountain bikes.
In reality the entire development history was a complex chain of minor events. And had any of these events never happened, the chain would be broken, and the bikes never developed. Anyway, even before any of these events the French VCCP had already developed 650b off-road racing in the mid 1950's. http://www.themountainbikelife.com/2013 ... ntain.html
9/16" Suntour BMX MP-1000 pedals / 56 tooth TA 6-bolt chainring.(I'm not bothered if the teeth are worn or damaged)