Super Record then C-Record
Were Shamals really around before the mid nineties?
In terms of the stuff I like to ride, I lean towards the nineties: oversized steel, cassette hubs, threadless stems. There's no one golden year for all that. The mid nineties were great years in professional racing as well, between the departure of Indurain and the rebirth of Armstrong. The lack of any one dominant individual makes for more interesting competition.
The postwar years were also very interesting - the postwar British touring boom, hub gears, the Campagnolo Cambio Corsa, and the arrival of effective derailleurs. Robic, Bartali and Coppi - long Tours and dirt-road mountain stages. The great years of the Bordeaux-Paris.
Then you have the golden years of Campagnolo and Merckx.
I can't decide.
Calmes dans le demi-jour
Que les branches hautes font,
Pénétrons bien notre amour
De ce silence profond.