MY "TEN SPEEDS"

 

 

MY "TEN SPEEDS"

 

 

 

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ZEUS ALPHA - INTRO

FINDING THE FIRST ZEUS

BUILDING THE FIRST ZEUS

RIDING THE ZEUS ALPHA

FINDING ZEUS #2

BUILDING ZEUS #2

FINDING THE ZEUS ALPHA

The Zeus was purchased new, in the early seventies by a 6' 5" fellow worker.  He rode the bicycle for a few years and finally tucked away in a hidden place.  There it waited in its lonely solitude for nearly a quarter of a century.  I should add that my fellow worker was also a Millwright.  Before storing the bicycle he had ensured that it was heavily coated with grease and oil.  This was not necessarily storage preparation.  He just believed in oiling the heck out of everything.  And the Zeus was covered in the slippery stuff.

I had touched base with my partner in Millwright crime a few times regarding his old Zeus but he seemed reluctant to even discuss the bicycle.  Then, out of the blue one day, he asked if I was still interested.  Yep!  I was!

We agreed to get together at his place in Thunder Bay's East End, an older part of the city, after work that day.  When the bell rang, figuratively speaking of course, I quickly left work, jumped on my old Raleigh touring bike and zoomed over the bridge to the East End.

I didn't take long to find my fellow worker's house and I was a bit disappointed to discover that I had beat him home.  Actually, I am not sure why this would surprise me.  I have learned over the years that I can get most places in Thunder Bay as quickly on my bicycle as other people can driving their cars.  Something to think about for those of you who are considering commuting to and from work!

Anyway, it was not all that long before Roy, my fellow Millwright showed up in his car.  He was surprised that I had got there first and told me so.  In fact, he appeared to be a bit impressed.  At any rate, he pointed towards the back yard and asked me to wait there until he had a chance to drop off his lunch pail indoors.  I headed for the rear of the house.

Since I had arrived first, Roy had to find the Zeus in his garage and then bring it into the first sunlight that it had seen in over twenty five years.  I was quite excited as I waited - again.  And then the Zeus slowly poked its front wheel from the door of the garage.  My interest and excitement grew.  The bicycle, at first glance, looked to be pretty nice and perhaps my size.  Remember, Roy stands almost six foot five inches tall.

I looked the Zeus over but not nearly as carefully as I inspect potential bicycle acquisitions these days.  Back then I was pretty much unaware of the kinds of damage a vintage road bicycle can experience.  With this in mind, I did miss a thing or two as I viewed the bicycle.

None the less, I was still impressed and I asked Roy what he would sell the bicycle for.  He was reluctant to offer an asking price and it was left up to me to make an offer.  Now my big mouth had been at work previous to this "want to buy it" encounter and I had told my chum that his bicycle was probably worth quite a bit of money these days.  With this in mind, my offer was somewhat higher than I was accustomed to making back then.  When I suggested a price, Roy's eyebrows shot up.  He was surprised at the offer and quickly accepted.  Since then I have learned to keep the yap under control most of the time.

With the hand shake out of the way, I promised to return within the hour with money and my truck.  I could not possibly carry the Zeus all the way home from Roy's house on my Raleigh.  He said that it would be no problem as long as I tried to make it quick.  After all, it was Friday afternoon and Roy wanted to head out to his summer cottage as soon as he could.

I zipped home on the Raleigh, changed into dry clothes and headed, first to the cash machine and then to Roy's place.  Less than an hour later, I was giving the Zeus a good once over in and effort to see what I had bought and perhaps even in preparation for a test ride.

NEXT - BUILDING THE ZEUS ALPHA

 

 

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