WHY is 1983 the cut-off
for this web site?
No matter what cut-off point I chose, someone would argue it wasn't
correct and that I should change to include their favorite era. There
are convincing arguments that it should be earlier and reasonable
points for it being later.
But I have
firmly settled on
1983 for these inter-related reasons:
1.) The trend of less craftsman hand work and more machine assisted &
automated assembly processes in fine bicycle manufacture.
2.) The death of Tullio Campagnolo.
3.) The phasing out of Campagnolo Nuovo Record/Super Record... Yes, it lasted until 1987 but
became the stepchild to new and unfortunately inferior component groups: Triomphe, Victory, Croce
D'Aune and C-Record. This began the 20 year decline of Campagnolo and the
accession of Shimano.
4.) The introduction and ascension of mountain bikes.
5.) The marked increase in welding (vs brazing) of steel frames, and
then dramatic increase of aluminum and carbon fiber frames.
6.) The approximate introduction time of clipless pedals. (Look, etc.)
7.) The approximate introduction of & adoption of cycle computers.
8.) The "aero" era with introduction of Dura Ace AX, etc.
9.)Approximate time of introduction & use at all levels of indexed or "click" shifting.
And there are other less significant but cumulative
changes that make 1983 the best choice for the end of an era.