Tuesday, August 15, 1978

TBV 50


TBV, age 21, August 1978, 130 lbs of angst.

Floyd Landis is 2-1/2 years old.

I have just completed the worst day on a cycle
in my life, having bonked 60 miles into a century
and ridden it to completion anyway.

The collapsed rider is nattily wearing cut-off jeans,
a Johnny Horizon T-shirt, and Avocet touring shoes,
with an original Bell Biker helmet in his lap.

The dedicated shoes mark him as a dead-serious cyclist,
as do the two water bottles on the frame.

The lovingly repainted Fuju S-10-S has non-sequitur "Pro Tour"
Letraset lettering applied for Panache. The frame was
incredibly flexy, and scary to ride on a descent. I learned to
lock my knees into the top tube to counteract the shaking.

It is "upgraded" with a drillium Sugino Crankset
from Bike Warehouse before it changed its name to Nashbar.

Toe-clips and frame shifters on this good (for the time) 10-speed.




2 comments:

Debby said...

Happy Birthday! Hope your family showers you with all your cycling wishgifts. :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday from a fellow November 15ther. A little older than you, been riding for only 3 years--wish I'd started (a lot) sooner. Thanks for the energy you put in your blog. It's the first thing I read every day when I start up the computer...
jc