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 Post subject: Re: Fads
PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:55 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Fads
PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:42 am 
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Chopper1192 wrote:
Bitd, at first the trend in the 80's was for frames on the large side as folk often didn't appreciate the sizing differences betwixt road bikes and mtb s. This didn't last long and people generally were quick the revert to an appropriate frame size.

While there will always be the odd exception, the trend for scaffold pole lengths of seat tube exposed is a modern retro phenomenon. The business with 'compact frames' is a chimaera, else bars would also be raised and extended a commensurate amount, but almost always aren't. Look through old photos and mags and the altitude-sickness-inducing levels of exposed seat post we see today are largely absent. Always chuckle when a bike set up thus cracks at the rear of the top tube and the clueless rider scratches their head in surprise, like the Giant Anthem currently on eBay.


I was intending to post a pic of my Scott BiTD with typically 'elevated' saddle, but Photobucket is so slow on the PlayBook I've lost the will to live! :facepalm:

Suffice to say my brother's favourite quip was 'Why don't you just buy a bike that's the right size?'

He was obviously ahead if his time... :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Fads
PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:29 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Fads
PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:44 pm 
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Chopper1192 wrote:
Bikes that actually fit the rider - a brief fad that has long since fallen by the wayside.



the astonishingly expensive bike-fitting session is the "in thing" at the mo


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 Post subject: Re: Fads
PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:54 pm 
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cutting your bars down to 20" to save 10g


Been there ... :facepalm: .

Those stupid curved pads that strapped round the top and seat tube so you could carry your bike on your shoulder. They dissappeared fairly sharpish!


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 Post subject: Re: Fads
PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:55 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Fads
PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:02 pm 
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Those springs to make your seat post into a dropper post


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 Post subject: Re: Fads
PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:36 pm 
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GuyWood wrote:
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cutting your bars down to 20" to save 10g


Been there ... :facepalm: .

Those stupid curved pads that strapped round the top and seat tube so you could carry your bike on your shoulder. They dissappeared fairly sharpish!


...only because they don't fit sloping top tubes :?

Still have one in the shed; it's a bag as well...


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 Post subject: Re: Fads
PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 9:46 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Fads
PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 9:56 am 
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