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back in the day there was ......(5 posts)

back in the day there was ......Spirito
Sep 4, 2002 2:37 AM
Major Taylor.

on a ride this weekend i met a guy who mentioned his name as his inspiration and i had never heard of him. he recounted how his grandfather had seen Major Taylor race and was himself inspired thus passing down a familial tradition of cycling and all things fixed gear.

if there are any ignoramus' like myself still left.......

re: back in the day there was ......wspokes
Sep 4, 2002 3:16 AM
Major Taylor actually had a movie made about him a few years back, I didn't see it myself though I remember it being on TV at a time between stage races at the Tour de Toona, probably in 94 or 95, and my teammates were all gathered around the TV, one of the major networks, and they were watching it and I remember bits and pieces between cutting Zzzzzsss. I was TIRED!

He really put aside any differences, hard feelings or grudges, and let his cycling do the talking! Great site Spirito!

MT's Bike in US Cycling Hall of Famemerckxman
Sep 4, 2002 4:25 AM
There is a Major Taylor bike at the US Cycling Hall of Fame in Somerville, NJ. See Cannondale has a track bike, Major Taylor model, which is quite nice.
re: back in the day there was ......wooglin
Sep 4, 2002 5:39 AM
This suggests you haven't read Peter Nye's Hearts of Lions. Shame on you! There's a whole world out there....
Not that well-known is Major Taylor...Djudd
Sep 4, 2002 8:54 AM
is supposed to be responsible for a lot of bike inventions the principal being "underslung" handlebars and some hub designs. The movie starred Greg Morris (the son of Mission Impossible's "Barney" and Jackie Childs from Seinfeld)