Today I went for a bike ride. I fear one of the last for a while unless the weather is nice on the weekends. Sure I’ll keep riding between work and the hotel, but with the time change tonight, it’s going to be too dark in the evenings to go for a long ride in Santa Cruz.
I managed to get to the Natural Bridges Park twice, and that was cool. Today, back at home, I made it to Costco and back in exactly an hour. I was a great ride with minimal wind, and perfect temperature.
On my way back home, I started thinking of my past pedal powered vehicles.
I never had a Big Wheel, but I did have a little red tricycle. I can remember riding around the subdivision with my parents. they still talk about how I would pedal hard to keep up with them.
Then, when it was time for something better (with training wheels), I got a yellow Schwinn. I believe it looked something like this. Except mine was yellow.
Then, for 1976 and the bicentennial, Schwinn made a special Spirit of ‘76 version of the Stingray.
Then for my 10th birthday, I got a Raleigh Rapide 10-Speed. I had that bike until I went to college. And it got stolen the first week.
That year for Christmas I got a Peugeot. (Yes, Papaw, a Poopy-Joe). I had that one for several years until it got stolen as well.
Then dad gave me his old bike, and I rode it a little, but I never really took the time.
Then Jennifer met the owner of Citizen Chain, and got her red bike (later stolen). A few months later (with my some of my severance money from ETIC), we bought me my bike. It got stolen once, but I took it back, as you’ll remember. And now, it will probably be the bike I’ll have for a long time.
Unless of course, I decide to have the guys at Citizen Chain make me up a bike special.