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    First Kid On Block With Shimano 9

    Ö that was me back in the nineties, which means I'm old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akirasho View Post
    Ö that was me back in the nineties, which means I'm old.

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    No, you would have to start out with friction shifters and 5 or 6 speed cluster on the back to begin to think of yourself as old. You know; back when your choice of standard crank gearing was 52/42 or 53/42.

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    Huh? I'm old enough to remember when 6sp freewheels were the NEXT BIG THING! Well before index shifters or cassettes. Heck, when I was working part-time at a bike shop, some customers still had 4sp freewheels! I even once saw a really old road bike (probably 1930's) with a 3sp freewheel!
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    It's about time. Can't believe we've had to suffer along with only 22 gears/ratios. What are we, barbarians? I should NOT ever have to alter my cadence - regardless of terrain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by No Time Toulouse View Post
    Huh? I'm old enough to remember when 6sp freewheels were the NEXT BIG THING! Well before index shifters or cassettes.
    Yeah, me too. Got my first 10-speed in 1972 (10-speed = 2 X 5).
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    While having the 10 (preceded by a 5 and my Big Sis' 3 speed "English Racer) and futzing with friction downtube shifters on my old Bridgestone, the Shimano 9 might well be "credited" with the "planned obselence" we now seem to face.


    Aside from the cogset and chain, the gruppo also included the threaded splined "Octagon" BB that was at least compatible with most US marketed frames even if it required a dedicated spider. We were still a couple years away from the ultimate 1" threadless headset. We'd reached the apex of cycling innovation.


    Today, I don't even bother trying to keep up. Instead, I keep an eye out for "vintage" components that will keep my old rigs on the road.


    A bud of mine has an old Klein that used a press fit square taper BB, and when that component finally failed, technologies and cost effectiveness retired the frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akirasho View Post
    A bud of mine has an old Klein that used a press fit square taper BB, and when that component finally failed, technologies and cost effectiveness retired the frame.
    except, there is still some support for those frames, and I'd love to get my hands on one of those old Kleins. They've become eminently collectible.
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    My first "bike" had a 52x40 crank and a 14-28 5 speed freewheel.....PS. two of my bikes still have 7700 on them.
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    This is from a ride a few days ago. Itís been upgraded to 8 speed (from6).

    OK well the photo uploader is kinda lousy. Itís an Ď86 DeRosa with Chorus 8
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