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Gallery: Retro gear found at 2014 trade shows

Lennard Zinn shows us some cycling gear of the past — or, in some cases, replicas of classic items and bikes

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This is my last post from the 2014 bike shows, and this one is as much about going backward as it is about going forward.

As long as there have been bicycles, there have probably been riders yearning for bicycles and accessories of the old days. It’s hard to say what came first, the chicken or the egg, but there is an increasing interest in retro bike equipment coinciding with the rise of retro cycling events like L’Eroica in Tuscany, La Storica in Liguria, La Mitica in Piedmont, and numerous similar events in Italy and other countries.

Antiques and reproductions of equipment from days of yore are two expressions of the retro yearning, and retro products made with modern materials and technology represent another expression of it.