Challenge of the Month

Looking at tires here

The tire guarding the culvert has been there for over 40 years

Ive watched it deteriorate over all that time

Those are white nylon cords showing thru — bias ply

The tires on the Huffy are nearly as old, and unbelievably show little signs of it

Compare to the steel belted radials on the F-150

Narrow white stripe suggests late 60’s for this tire

Magnetic pick-up for modern cycle computer vs mechanical star wheel for 70’s cyclometer

Old vs New headlights

The Huffy sports a retro style LED — so it not old in technology, its old in appearance — its incandescent forerunner hangs on the garage wall

Very much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to see the everyday cycling venues. Being in eastern Illinois, scenery certainly isn't our forte, but oh well, the roads are normally quiet. Look forward to more and more entries from all of you, I do have a few over on BL -- in Bill's Day Rides, and one journal.

7 response to "Challenge of the Month"

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: June 9, 2019

    Good job on the challenge, and interesting background information as always!

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 10, 2019

      Thanks! I know from sad experience to be careful handling worn out steel belted radial tires, those steel wires are sharp a razors — and the nemesis of bicycle tires too!

  2. By: NancyG Posted: June 10, 2019

    Ah yes, I like your take on the challenge Rich. I always like your posts. It is not short of amazing to me all the information you have ;’-)

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 10, 2019

      Thanks, the By Guess and By Gosh methodology sometimes works out.
      The WWW is a great source of info! 😉

  3. By: Bill Stone Posted: June 10, 2019

    Very inspiring, Rich! You prompted me to finally submit something for this month’s challenge.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 10, 2019

      Thanks, — just read your post — you really outta post a link to that event and your comments about helmets — lots to be learned there!
      Helmets are a hot button topic, I know, — you presented a very fair and unbiased discussion for anyone still on the fence to consider.

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