"Sailing" was an answer to the question "What other sport is so versatile?", not "What other mode of transport is so versatile?".I don’t usually get the boat out to go shopping
So what are you saying? That there are two categories of bikes: Category 1: Bikes that are categorised that people really shouldn't ride; Category 2: Uncategorised bikes that people should ride.This categorising, and sub-categorising of bikes does my head in. I can see that it is important for competition cyclists to have the most purpose built, ultra fit for purpose machines. But for the fat geezers wearing lycra when they really, really shouldnt, it just looks like a triumph of marketing BS over common sense......
Same here, racers, tourers, shoppers then MTB's came along. We had unknowingly been building MTB's for years from bits and tearing through the woods on them.
The 60s for me. In our neck of the woods, called a 'tracker'. Any old frame, cowhorns, the widest tyres you could fit, and a do-or-die attitude. Ride it, break it, mend it, rinse and repeat.Yes.
Cowhorn handlebars on an old racer frame was our woods-offroad-thrashing machine back in the 70s
cranky Franky, still not enough, unless there's more in the shed, but that looks a little like my front room, 4 bikes in there, & 2 in the hall, one of them is my recumbent trike, & another in the front room.
https://road.cc/content/review/222750-cyclist-who-went-out-coldAnd now someone, somewhere, races them. Probably.
I love it when people do amazing things with improbable machinery. Didn't some guy take an Australian postie motorcycle (110cc and a utility design) and ride it back to the UK?https://road.cc/content/review/222750-cyclist-who-went-out-cold
Well, Tim Moore rode a MIFA 900, an East German shopping bike, probably the bike equivalent of a Trabant, the length of the Iron Curtain, Finland to the Black Sea coast in Bulgaria, the story is in the book linked to above.
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