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"old" school cycling general question...(23 posts)

"old" school cycling general question...funknuggets
Nov 14, 2003 8:26 AM
Was perusing through the new excel sports catalog that I got in the mail the other night and came across some of the Classic Cycling posters they had for sale. The one famous "Smokers" poster caught my attention. What on earth do these classic riders have on them that look like backpacks. My first inclination would be to think they were tubes, however on the "smokers" photograph, the second guy from the left has some kind of freaky hole for some reason or another. What on earth is that... Ive attached a pic, but it may be too small to see. There is a big hole in the "backpack strap" on his left shoulder.

Nonetheless, these guys amaze me.

They're tires.russw19
Nov 14, 2003 8:31 AM
They are spare tubular tiresmhinman
Nov 14, 2003 8:32 AM
They twist the tire into a figure-8 and put there arms through the loops.
But wait...funknuggets
Nov 14, 2003 9:15 AM
the hole I referred to on the "tube" over his left shoulder is as big as his mouth and looks kind of like a mouthpiece to scuba gear... what the heck kind of tubular would that be?

That is what I am referring to.

Spare goggleswooglin
Nov 14, 2003 9:54 AM
That's the lens from a second pair of goggles he's got hanging around his neck, not part of the tire. You're looking at the inside of it -- the mouthpiece looking part is the padding.
What they said and moreDave Hickey
Nov 14, 2003 8:36 AM
The rules required riders to carry their own spares and fix them themselves.
What if that was the case now?Mike P
Nov 14, 2003 10:12 AM
Repair your own failures? It would change a number of things. For one, the bikes would have to be built to withstand the punishment. The riders would have to be ready for anything. Huh, just like they used to be.

I have mixed feelings on it. On one hand, it seems to keep the riders in the race if they have some type of mechanical failure. On the other hand, it seems it would be more of a true form of cycling if the rider and bike had to make the entire course without non-riding outside help.

Back then, road tubulars were 28mm-32mm.MR_GRUMPY
Nov 14, 2003 8:53 AM
I saw a guy smoking at a rest stop on a century one timePmbH
Nov 14, 2003 9:00 AM
No kidding... I was about 15 years old, so I don't remember it real well. I got to a rest stop ~40 miles into the Sequoia Century, and there's this guy getting off his bike lighting up a cigarette. Crazy...
docs used to prescribe it to riderscyclopathic
Nov 14, 2003 9:31 AM
to loose and caugh up stuff from lungs and also to increase HR. Back then 30bpm HR deemed "unhealthy".

Speaking of smoking on '03 PBP I saw a britt to get off his fixie for a smoke, it was ~200mi to finish. He must have got fed up with riding at that point.
Nov 14, 2003 11:03 AM
I read they used tobacco, and/or a vial of strong coffee, as stimulants before the finish of the race.
Is it really that inconceivable...Dwayne Barry
Nov 14, 2003 9:38 AM
that someone could enjoy both cycling and tobacco?
Good questionDave Hickey
Nov 14, 2003 10:04 AM
Which is worse, a smoker that sits on the couch and drinks all day or a smoker that rides and stays in shape?

Maybe it will help them quit
Good questionNo_sprint
Nov 14, 2003 11:03 AM
Hear ya. I've been known to enjoy a good Hoyo de Monterey or another...
Probably depends how they use itPmbH
Nov 14, 2003 11:33 AM
On rare drunken occasion, I have been known to partake in tobacco products. It's never hurt my riding.
Is it really that inconceivable...theBreeze
Nov 14, 2003 11:45 AM
Not at all. Health doesn't have to be all or nothing. I'm a former smoker myself and occasionally while under the influence of alcohol have been known to bum a smoke. It never takes as good as I think it will, and reminds me why I quit.

We had a guy bring a friend from Holland on a group ride recently. The Dutch guy got out his bike, pumped up the tires, and then lit a cigarette while waiting for the group to start. It seemed so weird to smell cigarette smoke while waiting to ride. He had a least one more during the ride. Considering he was coming from nearly below sea level to ride at 7,000+ ft (Santa Fe) he kept up with all of us pretty well.
Coulda been me, years agodzrider
Nov 14, 2003 12:36 PM
Toured from New Orleans, around FL and up the coast to CT and most days couldn't ride more than 90 mins without stopping for a smoke. One time, smokers outside a smoke-free office applauded when I got off my bike and lit up.
Remember William Hurt jogging in "Body Heat"?theBreeze
Nov 14, 2003 1:28 PM
He stops out at the end of a pier and lights up a Marlboro Red. Classic.
Sausage links - "PowerGels of the 20's" nmterry b
Nov 14, 2003 9:13 AM
Wine - "Cytomax of the 20's" nmNo_sprint
Nov 14, 2003 9:45 AM
and what about ham and cheese sandwiches? nmcyclopathic
Nov 14, 2003 9:54 AM
Clif Bars. nmNo_sprint
Nov 14, 2003 9:56 AM
still as good as they were in the 20s-nmms
Nov 14, 2003 11:22 AM