Saturday, 3 October 2009

Over The Hill...

To celebrate my 40th birthday tomorrow, here are a couple of pics of me as a young cyclist:



I'm not the world's greatest judge of age, but I guess I'm about 4 or 5 there. Quite a funky little bike, probably someone else's cast-off judging by the broken pedal. Eeeeh, we 'ad it tough in them days...



I have no memory of this unusual bike. It looks like I'm about 7 or 8 there, so it would have been the late 70s. Good to see the cycling tan already in evidence on my arms. The bike looks an odd concoction, although it's certainly not lacking in storage racks. Not sure about the skimpy shorts or the dreadful blonde mullet I'm sporting...

My next bike was, I think, from one of my (female) cousins, so had a dropped top tube. It was painted a sort of burgundy colour and I tried to disguise the fact it was a girl's bike by painting flames down the side. I'm sure nobody was fooled by that.

Of course at the same time, my friends had much better bikes - Neil Grey had a Raleigh Chopper, which was the acme of cool at the time. Of course it was utterly useless and weighed a ton. But it did have the fantastic gear lever!

A Raleigh Chopper (Photo: Raleigh)


Anyway, I am now officially over the hill. At least on a bike that means I can coast downhill...

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