Re: A question for the folks who rode back in the day
1970's, Northern Califonia, college towns and larger urban areas were incubators for cycling and especially racing. You had to read Competitive Cycling and the District Newsletter to know what was going on. LBS's were primary sources for: equipment, clothing, tribal knowledge. And for copies of Mirror de Cyclisme. Racing clubs were a valued tradition; you could learn from some very skilled riders.
Many areas had standing Saturday or Sunday rides. In my college town typically 6 of us would show up to the Sunday ride. When I visited So Cal, 80 people would show up for the Malibu ride. Everybody knew everybody or your friend did.
People were really curious about our shaved legs.
The internet hadn't been invented yet.
...just to win a salami in ridiculous races.