MY "TEN SPEEDS"

 

 

MY "TEN SPEEDS"

 

 

 

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MY "TEN SPEEDS"

 

 

SEKINE "BIG GREEN" - INTRO

FINDING "BIG GREEN"

BUILDING "BIG GREEN"

RIDING "BIG GREEN"

 

BICYCLES OF CANADA

 

  

FINDING SEKINE "BIG GREEN"

One cool and windy Spring day, my two grandsons, and I, were at the local Landfill Site (the Dump), throwing items away.  A Landfill Site rule is "Children under 12 must remain in the vehicle".  As my grandsons waited, patiently, in the Ranger, I proceeded to clear out the contents of the truck bed.

The day was very windy, as I recall, and another Landfill Site customer pitched a piece of cardboard, off of his utility trailer.  The wind caught that piece of cardboard, that was about the size of a bicycle box, lifted it into the air, and dropped it on my head, some, fifty to a hundred, feet away.  The other Dump customer was horrified and rushed to assist.  So too, did the Landfill Site Attendant, who was directing activities that day.

There was no damage done, when the sheet of cardboard and my head came into contact with one another.  I was more surprised than anything else.  However, this dark cloud was about to reveal its silver lining...

Once the Cardboard Thrower was convinced, that I was OK, he went back to, carefully, complete his task.  Both the Dump Attendant and I, kept an eye on his progress, as we entered into conversation.  After all, Dump Guy and I were still down wind.

During our conversation, I mentioned that I was interested in the two hundred foot long row of old bicycles, fenced off behind one of the Landfill Site's administration buildings.  Apparently, they had been collected by the Landfill Site employees, with the intention of sending the bikes to a needy country.  Normally, that fenced-off part of the facility is off limits to everyone, except employees.  However, Dump Guy invited me to go and have a look, if I wished.  He added, that since there was no heavy machinery operating in that area, my grandsons could get out of the truck, and look at the bicycles with me.  The boys and I enjoyed the next part of this particular "Dump" visit a lot!

I sorted through all of the bicycles.  I recognized little, but was quite impressed with what was there.  As I was inspecting bike after bike, Dump Guy came by and asked how it was going.  Conversation once again broke out and, before I knew it, I was offered a bicycle, or two, of my choice.

Now remember, I was really new, at this sort of thing, and did not a have a clue ,as to what was worth the effort, and what was a waste of time.  I couldn't have told a bent bike and a geometrically sound one apart.  I had never heard of special butted tube sets, or forged drops or Bianchi.  I was as green as green could be.  With that in mind, I went for shiny and bright.  It is a simple as that and, for those interested, a lot of people do exactly the same thing, when shopping on Ebay, for a vintage bicycle.

As I was trying to choose a bicycle, my grandsons amused themselves by keeping an eye on a ground hog, who was keeping an eye on them.  I might add, that I kept them in my line of sight, also, because an upset ground hog can do a lot of damage to little fingers.  Anyway...

I was like a kid in a candy store.  There were so many bicycles to choose from, that I had trouble making up my mind.  That, plus the fact that all of the bicycles had been thrown away at the Dump.  What that means is that most had something, or other, wrong with them.  I could not find a bicycle that I could just jump on and ride.  As I continued looking, Dump Guy stopped by again, to see what was up.  I explained my "I can't find a good one dilemma" and he told me, to take as many as I needed, to build up a complete bicycle.  Five vintage road bicycles came home with me and my grandsons, that day.

The old green Sekine "Ten Speed" seemed like a great place to begin restoring a vintage race bicycle.  With that in mind, I started in...

My only purpose, with that first old road bicycle, was to restore (poor choice of works, actually) the bike and see what it was like to ride it.  At that point in time, my only ride was a 2002 Giant XTC NRS3.  That bicycle, a full non-resonating suspension mountain bike, was my daily ride and a reward, for quitting smoking, a year, or so, earlier.  The Giant took me everywhere, and anywhere, that I wanted to go.  It has even made the journey to Jamaica with me, a couple of times, and there it waits today, snuggled up in a home-made suit case, for my return to that lovely island each year.

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