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    Neat Bicycle Video

    This is a video of cycling in the 1950's in Holland, some neat stuff.....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HgLqts3qJs&NR=1

    .... around the 2:29 mark there are some cool bicycle haulers, one even hauling a fair bit of lumber

    Of course, Holland is quite flat

    Oh yeah, did you notice all the really FAT people riding them bicycles....?

    .... me neither
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    Pretty cool!

    My father was stationed in (West)Germany from 1978-81. (I graduated from Bitburg American High School in 1980 before coming to Utah for college.) Anyway, our youth group's "super activity" for the summer of 1979 was an 8-day cycling/camping trip around Holland. Lotta neat memories.... (The next summer we did a 10-day trip in SE England!)

    We had car washes and bake sales to earn money, and placed a group order for Peugeot touring 10-speeds. With the amount of labor I put in, I only had to pay $36 cash for my bike. I still have it; I need to break it out of storage and start losing weight myself....

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    That was cool. Even though my LOML looked over my shoulder and said with a not-so-pleasant tone "What are you watching now?"

    She just doesn't get it.
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    Heh. A similar thing happened here. (You have to know that the title of the video segment is "Cycling in the Netherlands in the 1950s".)

    My wife, from over my shoulder, said, "Why are you watching that?"

    "Because I've been 'cycling in the Netherlands.'"

    "In the 1950s?"


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    Amazing. Watching it, I couldn't help thinking: just about every one of those people riding survived the great depression, the occupation, and the war.

    Kinda gives one hope!

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    Pretty cool. I like that they had to use the bike paths instead of riding in the middle of the street blocking traffic like they do around here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    Pretty cool. I like that they had to use the bike paths instead of riding in the middle of the street blocking traffic like they do around here.
    ... or from a cyclists perspective......

    Pretty cool. I like that they had to use the bike paths instead of riding in road and getting just about run over and killed because drivers can't wait 10 seconds to go by you when the road has a bit more space

    I drive too, but I tell you, drivers can be some kind of....... I'm trying to think of a word to use that does not conflict with the CoC....... some kind of unkind in forcing their way by you in their 3000 pound death wagon. If they screw up or misjudge, they might get a scratch on their paint or even a..... dent.... but us guys on the bicycles, well we, if we are very lucky, get to spend months in the hospital, most of us die.....

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    Thanks for the link.

    I do wonder... I've seen a few videos that show dedicated bike paths over there and I wonder how that got started. It's quite an infrastructure commitment!

    And yeah... those are some BIG cargo haulers in spots!

    ...art (1st gen canuck born of dutch immigrants. We had wooden shoes by the back door growing up, used them all the time...)
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    If the price of gasoline keeps going up I'm going to regret giving up my bicycle... or I'm gong to have to start pricing a mule.
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    Makes me want to clean up my 1970'ish Peugeot UO-9. A great bike. Need to get the mountain bike going as spring comes along

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