I've been a "serious" biker since I was 16 when I bought my first REAL bike from a team mate on the high school swim team. She was a beaut! A Raleigh 'Supercourse TT
'...Renylolds 531-double butted frameset, (a true Raleigh made in Nottingham!) sew-up ties, Brooks saddle, Weinmann center-pull calipers and it came with Simplex drive train which I dumped for Suntour /Shimano components.
I probably put 10,000 miles on that one. Every winter I would strip the bike to the bare frame and repack every bearing set! My Dad thought I was crazy!
I loved that bike!
Next came my first and only Aluminium bike; A Cannondale SR500
! Pure riding perfection.
Shimano "105" from front to back...First gen indexed rear drive.
Fast Fast Fast bike! and at 6'-2" and 180 lbs...I could not flex that bottom bracket even if I was standing on the pedals on a long climb! ( A harsh riding bike if your a feather weight but for me she was...FULL POWER....AMAZING!!!!).
Then I got hit by a motorist making a sudden right turn from the left turn lane!
Witnesses stop to wait for the cops and she didn't run. I was so pissed I broke out her windshield with my bare hand and took off her side mirrors, wipper-arms and antenna! (in hind-sight, not my proudest moment but when your life flashes before your eyes...you do things!).
The cop tried to get out of paper-work by telling me "SHE" could have me arrested for 'malicious destruction of property!!!!
I told the cop to do his F-ing job and I'll pay for my ... adrenaline surge!
(They never came to collect and she lost her licence for several years, Bitch!)
Gave up the road after that. The bike survived but...I lost my nerve I guess.
After two years....I had to ride again.
So came the best ever bike...A "Specialized Rockhopper GS"
My chrome-moly triple and tapper-butted Beauty, I still ride her to this very day.
(Trees don't use cellphones or make sudden right turns from the left turn lane!)
Shimano "STX" with SRAM Gripshifters. Gotta love the Cantilever calipers...no school like old school, RIGHT!
and leave the bouncy bikes for the pu**y posers! Real men ride 'hardtails with fixed forks !!!!!! DAM-STRAIGHT BUCKO!
Funny....through all those great rides there was one component that followed me everywhere....can you guess what it was?
My "Brooks" model "B17" saddle that was OEM on the Raleigh all those many years ago. (still fits my butt to a "T" LOLOL...._).
Then came....The "V"!
Those magical letters and numbers; The 2009 Kawasaki,
...and after over 20,000 miles...life as I knew it has never and will never be the same again.
My "Green Hornet"
"Let the good times roll" INDEED!
(And yes...you can call the 'Kawi' my midlife crisis but, After happily working hard all these years for family, hearth and home...I'm worth it! We all are.
And besides...the "V" is my 'Obama Bike...bought with the rebate I got for buying my 'Last homely Home'. Thanks President Obama, I did what you had hoped and reinvested that money into our economy and my life is indeed better for it).
So that (
with tongue firmly planted in cheek
) is my story!
Gonna go hug my bikes now...
...It's gonna be a Kodak
moment for sure.
My name is Carl Leslie Blair (STAGEHAND38);
I'm a '64%er',
I'm 53 years old and I ride!
... and will always ride, till the day I die.
DAM STRAIGHT SKIPPY!