This is an excerpt from the 'History of the RSF' written by their chairman.
This did not stop them from developing bicycle 'Thermos flask holders'!
...."many RSF members have little or no interest in the technical side of cycling. They would be unable to tell you the make of components on their bikes. Indeed for many years Archie Woodward the
RSJ editor (1969 to 1991) would refuse to publish any thing on equipment saying it was outside the scope of the magazine".
What effect did the Rough Stuff Journals refusal to publish technical articles for 22 years have on the development of specialist rough stuff bicycles?
Had the RSF championed the all-terrain machines of the Taylor brothers or Geoff Apps, would they have succeeded commercialy?
Finally, had the RSF championed all things technical, would specialist roughstuff machines have developed even earlier? Or was this limited by the availability of suitable tyres?