I started cycling as the most brakes were center pull operated, shorts and jerseys were made of wool and the feet were locked to the pedal with leather straps.
I do not know anymore more how it felt and how we have managed to ride in the winter without neoprene booties, high insolating cloth and a cotton cap on the head.
From the first days I was interested into the bicycle mechanic and the potential for improvements.
In this period technology was perceived as not valuable and the causal connection of weight and drag on speed and power consumption were widely ignored.

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