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Seems  like I’ve always loved riding bicycles. I can’t remember when I first learned how or who taught me how but I was pretty young… maybe six or seven i guess.  I had at least a couple of bikes from the time that I learned up until about the end of junior high when i stopped riding. I guess I was about 13 or 14.

It happens. You know, you get older and life gets consumed with other interests or priorities and often the things that we once loved as a kid fall to the way side.

I got involved in youth league baseball, then band, then girls and cars.  College was next, then I joined the military. I got married had a kid and like 50 percent of most couples I got divorced.

Luckily for me I only worked a mile away from my house cuz the wife took the little truck we had and the 1972 VW bug I had was going into the shop. I had just gotten my re-enlistment bonus and I was gonna beef that little engine up. But I needed a way to get around because the old timer who was doing the rebuild said it would take about a month.

So I bought myself a bicycle. I remember exactly what it was even though it was almost 20 years ago. It was a Raleigh M-20 mountain bike. Pretty bare bones for the most part but it was my transportation for almost six weeks.

I got my V-dub back and the short-lived time on my mountain became just that… short lived. I sold her off in a garage sale a few years later and I didn’t think much about riding after that. I guess that was about 1998.

A couple of years later though, I got into running triathlons and bought a crummy little road bike. It was an old Schwinn Varsity… big, heavy clunky thing. I did that for two or three years and then life took over again and I sold it in a garage sale.

Another dry spell in riding happened then another bicycle, then a dry spell and then I’d get into it again. I rode in the Houston to Austin MS150 a few times but my last time to do that I think was 2008.

And here I am again with the bicycle bug, back in the saddle… even starting a blog to write a little about it. Let’s see how long it lasts this time.

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2 Responses to back in the saddle again

  1. Sara says:

    My husband and I just (last week) purchased a couple of Electra Townie (21 speed) bicycles. They’re neat things. So, I’m back in the saddle again myself. Our second trip out on the bikes we rode 15 miles around Topsail Island, NC. It was exhilarating and exhausting. So, naturally I’m addicted all over again.

  2. admin says:

    That’s awesome, Sara! 15 miles??? Holy crap! Is that townie of yours a single speed?
    I’ve got a sweet little ride that I’m sure I could take on 15 miles with the comfort of a townie. I plan to do a post on it soon. It’s a 1958 Three Spires town-sport built by Raleigh. I love it. Thanks again for stopping by.

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