Some Lost Details on a Vintage JC Higgins

Imagewhats left of the JC Higgins logo on the chainguard

ImageNot sure if they are correct but the pedal grips are round like rollers. not sure if i like that idea.


T&C Surf Designs 1980’s Shirt Art





Ok who remembers these.. i know growing up in California in the 80’s these shirts were really popular, these were the designs i had shirts of, these were so cool and i was always excited to see the new designs coming out. unfortunately they dont make these shirts ¬†anymore. but check out the artists website Steven Azar is his name and he is the creator of these and alot of other great material.


Look Ad circa 1986

Look Ad

Another wonderful invention that was introduced in the mid 80’s was the clipless pedal, The Look pedals were the first and pioneers of a clipless pedal. before that it was all toe clips. and used with a cleat, it was crazy. you had a cleat that clipped into the pedal and then while you were riding you would reach down and pull the toe clip strap tight to lock your feet into the pedals, which was the best for pedaling efficency, but if you had to get out of the pedals quickly it was probably not gonna ¬†happen and you went down with the bike. With the clipless pedals you could lock your feet onto the pedals but by twisting your foot you would unlock making getting out of the pedals under emergency situations alot easier. this made riding alot easier. this paved the way for the clipless pedal systems you see today from SPDs, Time, Egg beaters, speed plays, etc.

Shimano 600 EX 600 SIS catalog pages

Shimano 1986 11-filtered Shimano 1986 10-filtered Shimano 1986 12-filtered Shimano 1986 13-filtered

Original 600 EX catalog pages including the SIS system and another new feature “Aero Brake levers” where the brake cables were ran internally next to the handle bars and wrapped up with the bar tape. the older style had the cables coming out of the top of the brake lever. These changes were soon adopted by all of the other componetry manufactures, Shimano had become the leader in the market, Campagnolo was nice (and expensive) but they were still using friction shifting and when they did introduce index shifting, Synchro it was extremely difficult to get it to work properly.

Shimano 600 EX SIS Ad

Shimano600SIS Ad

There was a time when Index Shifting didn’t exsist, you shifted gears by just moving the shift lever until it started to shift then move it some more until it stopped making noises and was in the next gear that you may or may not wanted. in about 1986 or so Shimano introduced an Index shifting system that you moved the lever one click and it went to that gear, no fuss no muss, they termed it SIS for “Shimano Indexed Shifting” the upper range grouppo Shimano 600 was the first one to be released to the masses. It was already on Dura Ace but at the pro level with alot of limitations on gearing. later to be used on the whole Shimano range including the new grouppo 105. the SIS became the standard for all derailleur systems. Suntour and Campagnolo later followed with Suntour Accushift and Campgnolo Synchro.