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Bikecentennial / Bikecentennial build
« on: November 23, 2017, 12:51:40 pm »
I am in the processing of researching the bicycles, equipment, and gear used by riders of Bikecentennial in 1976. I am trying to put together a bike that captures the essence of the typical Bikecentennial rider. If you road Bikecentennial in 1976 or remember the bike or gear you had in the early/mid 70's I would love to hear it with whatever details you recall. Catalogues, brochures, and pictures only give me a vague representation on what was the most popular bike being ridden at the time, the gearing setup, the derailleur make, panniers, etc. I would love to hear first hand to help me finish my build.

My goal is to build, ride, and share my experience with how traveling by bicycle has changed in the past forty years. I plan to ride fully loaded on a bike with the same gearing, braking power, weight, etc on a trip. Some answers for these questions may seem obvious, but I do not wish to make assumptions.

Specific questions:
  • In your mind what bike best represented the typical bike of the era?
  • Did most travel on 27" wheels or 700c?
  • Did most use 10 speeds? or did many people use triple cranks?
  • What was the typical gearing combination? 28 max rear freewheel? Front chainrings?
  • What derailleurs did you have?
  • Center pull or sidepull brakes?
  • Make of your panniers?
  • Seemed most used down tube shifters compared to bar ends. Correct?

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