ever see one of these men try to put their knee on the ground?
Don't think the rubber or those bikes allowed knee scraping.
the knee-down thing came later from America (via Kenny Roberts (& others) flat track racing backgrounds). These gentlemen clung pretty much rigidly to the bike & tipped the whole thing right over - whereas today they are effectively trying to keep the bike more upright while they windsail off the side.Mike Hailwood regularly wore-away the toe of his boots.BP
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