This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and helps us develop a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.

Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Some blasts from the past.

 A local bar and restaurant, "The Old Dog Tavern" held a Vintage bike show/swap 
in their courtyard this past weekend.
roadies from the '70's bike boom


 of all types
as well as this one interesting local oldie
 which I had never known to exist.
There were some which were early versions of bikes being made today,
(an early extracycle, perhaps)
(Grant Peteson's inspiration for Bosco Bars and twin top tubes)
as well as some beautiful restorations,
like this gorgeous Elgin cruiser.
One all original Dawes from the 50's era of rando bikes
which had a really nice barcon shifter,

as well as a link to my own past
 a nice black Raleigh Sport.
 That is the first "real" bike from my childhood.
I was the only kid in school with a multi-speed bike.
I was able to see a couple interesting modifications,
like this transformation of a Brooks saddle from sprung to solid
and this bike, painstakingly wrapped in bamboo.
If you ever think you are getting obsessive,
remember whoever wrapped this Pletscher rack.
All in all the show was a nice hour or two to enjoy some old bikes
 with a brew  a sandwich and some chat.
A small crowd of all kinds had assembled on a beautiful afternoonto enjoy the novelty.
 Hopefully it will get more publicity and a larger crowd in the future.

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