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CTC Country Excursion Video
Filed under: rides, video
Posted by: The Cyclofiend @ 11:46 am

Set the Wayback Machine to the mid-50’s and enjoy the show:

Part One of Two

Part Two of Two

Big tip o’ the mouse to Tom, who posted the link to the iBob list.

7 Responses to “CTC Country Excursion Video”

  1. Daniel Says:
    those videos are great! I wish there was some sort of archive for these old cycling videos besides youtube. I would definitely buy a dvd with a bunch of these on it.
  2. The Cyclofiend Says:
    Yeah - it’s a great example of classy and fun riding! Loved the “bike cars” on the train - made me wonder if they could come up with something like that for weekend CalTrains/BART/Amtrak…
  3. Daniel Says:
    The trains here in Germany all have cars for bikes, and they go everywhere, so it’s easy to do the sort of outings into the countryside that you see in those films. I’ll be sad when I come back to SF in July, I’ll really miss that part of living here.
  4. The Cyclofiend Says:
    Nice stuff over at your blog - touring around Germany on your Atlantis seems like a fine way to pass the time! For those of you playing along at home, that’s fahrrader.blogspot.com
  5. charles vail Says:
    Very interesting and odd……nary a helmet in sight, not to mention smoking a pipe, drinking beer at rest stops and riding in leather loafers. What would the safety police think of such antics? Just love this stuff and it makes you kind of wonder why many of us modern cyclists wear “tight stretchy pants, just for fun” and don electronics packing materials on our heads while snapping our feet firmly to our pedals in order to wring out the last bit of speed.
  6. The Cyclofiend Says:
    I love archival footage from this era - the only thing better would be from the early days of cycling (of course, they would have to invent the movie camera a little earlier than they did…) The social “rambling” component was pretty strong at that time & I think current riders normally have to evolve past the racer motif. But, whatever gets you out the door to ride is a good thing! ;^)
  7. charles vail Says:
    I agree on the racer motif thing…..this old film reminds me of the trips I did as a young man. Back then, we just didn’t have all the techy stuff, nor the money to buy it. I rode to school ten miles one way, in my leather Red Wing casual shoes. It was what I wore, so I rode in them. I used one of those old C-shaped metal spring clips on my blue jeans to avoid getting my jeans (seams and all) caught in the chain. This touring aspect of cycling is different from what most group rides are today. It appears they rode together, ate together and basically stayed together. These days, its every man for himself and don’t bother stopping along the way to see any sights, it might mess with your average speed too much. I intend to try to change this approach, in my own life at least.