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The riders in this "Tuesday night race" are wearing hard-shell helmets, but effective hard shells are still a few years away. The Skid Lid, worn by the guy in the green jersey, was proven to be essentially worthless in protecting the head. In 1982 nearly all bikes were steel. Skid-lid dude is riding a Merz, a frame by local builder Jim Merz. The first mountain bikes had appeared by were still exotic and strange. Same for recumbents. Cycling was about to explode into the American consciousness.

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Jim Merz 04-Jul-2017 22:03
The Merz rider is Eric Boulton. He is a big guy! We ended up working at Anodizing Inc. together. He was their top welder when we were making bike frames there. He also welded all the Harley Davidson VR1000 frames, I designed that frame.
Ken Manning 19-Dec-2011 15:38
That's me in the yellow and blue with the white helmet. The guy in the lead doesn't look remotely like Glenn Sanders. Um ... IMHO.
Mike Murray 19-Nov-2010 00:49
That can't be Glen. The frame is too big. He is the same size as me and I could not ride a bike with that much head tube.
Jerry Powell 09-Nov-2010 17:00
I believe that's Glen Sanders in front of Martin.
John Beckman 02-Nov-2010 18:16
Martin Strand.
John Beckman 02-Nov-2010 18:00
Actually, Martin.....can't remember his last name. A ski instructor in his mid twenties, as I recall. And the year is probably 1978.