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What the heck is retro?(8 posts)

What the heck is retro?Crankist
Apr 25, 2002 1:17 PM
Must it be friction shifters, no index?
Criteria please.
i believe....Spirito
Apr 25, 2002 1:23 PM
friction shifting (no index)
threaded headsets

doesn't matter whether its downtube or bar-end or stem mounted or rear levers (cambio) or no shifting

it can be new (rivendell), old, and can be carbon (alan), alu (vitus) Ti (?) or of course steel.

i dont care if its an old english three speed style, a fixte, a classic 10 speed or a penny farthing big wheel.

the fact that its used and enjoyed and the style remains is most important.
I'd say pre-STI/ErgoDave Hickey
Apr 25, 2002 1:27 PM
(and pre-cassette, imo)SteveO
Apr 26, 2002 6:43 AM
I would go as far as saying...Lone Gunman
Apr 26, 2002 9:47 AM
pre cassette, pre index shifting even if they were on the DT and only for the rear, and pre 130mm spacing.
if you don't know, maybe you weren't supposed to! :)(nm)merckx56
Apr 28, 2002 7:29 AM
My definition:vitusdude
Apr 29, 2002 8:47 AM
Anything pre-contemporary in either form or function.
Old enough to be past making excuses for it ...Humma Hah
May 1, 2002 4:21 PM
... or possibly what you used to ride as a kid, so how old are you?

I tend to think of retro as 1970's or earlier. The der's were "ten-speed" (5x2), or occasionally 8 speeds or less, friction-shift, side or centerpull calipers, no cantilever brakes or v-brakes. I'm a Schwinn fan, and with Schwinn's they must be "Chicago-built" to qualify as really retro.

But those are modern bikes. Now, you wanna talk RETRO, you're looking pre WW-II, maybe even pre-WW-I, and preferably something built before 1900. Steel frames, wooden rims, fixed gear. And you could ride some of those 1890's bikes today and few people would notice they were not modern: 18-lb roadbikes with drop bars were popular, and ridden on centuries.