How Hard Did Cycling Use To Be? | Modern Cyclist, Retro Bike, Classic Climb

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So what was life like before the invention of the derailleur? How hard was it to ride a bike with only two gears over mountain passes? Thanks to Tullio Campagnolo we’ll never know…. but Ollie found out.

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