if you think that is complicated, try making shoes !!!!!
not to mention wool shirts and shorts...
After the North Of England champs at a very wet Keithley my wet shorts/jersey/socks weighed 61/2 lbs.. so the skin suit was born !!!!
I've heard a few tales from Steve Douce about the palaver involved in DIY 'cross shoes (attaching bits of old tub tread to the sole to give extra grip, etc.) back in the day. Thank goodness for off-the-shelf MTB shoes! Simon Burney's training manual, in first edition guise, has some good advice on clip & strap pedals, as off-road clipless ones were only just appearing when the book was written.
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