MY "TEN SPEEDS"

 

 

MY "TEN SPEEDS"

 

 

 

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MY "TEN SPEEDS"

 

 

ZEUS ALPHA - INTRO

FINDING THE FIRST ZEUS

BUILDING THE FIRST ZEUS

RIDING THE ZEUS ALPHA

FINDING ZEUS #2

BUILDING ZEUS #2

FINDING THE SECOND ZEUS ALPHA

I had just received a call on my cell phone around ten o'clock, one Saturday morning.  My riding buddy was at the Fat Cat's, a locally owned restaurant offering good food and better prices.  "Got time for breakfast - my treat" summed up the message and I, of course, said yes.  My chum knows what I like to eat on Yard Sale Saturday mornings and, with that in mind, I asked him to go ahead and order for me.  Fat Cat's was only a few minutes away.

I turned the Ranger at the first corner I came to as I headed for the restaurant and, wouldn't you know it - a Yard Sale.  I had time to stop, but not much, if I were going to avoid eating cold fried eggs, hash browns and toast.  But stop I did, more to look at the offered mountain bicycle, than anything else.  When I saw no old road bicycle in sight, I asked the Yard Sale host if he might happen to have an old "Ten Speed" that he would be interested in selling.  A smile passed quickly over his face and he invited me towards, but not into, the fenced off back yard.  Apparently he owned a large dog and did not want to risk a confrontation.  Neither did I!

Several minutes later, the fellow shouldered his way through the six foot gate. He was carrying a road bicycle frame set in one hand and a wheel set in the other.  He also had a couple of plastic bags in the wheel hand.  As he approached, I could not help but notice the art work - ZEUS.

As mentioned, I have run across very few Zeus bicycles, this one being number two.  I was incredibly interested and worried.  Why was the bicycle disassembled?  What was wrong with the bike?  There had to be something.  Thoughts of bacon, eggs and hash browns were all but gone.

I took a minute to inspect the bicycle and, seeing no structural frame issues, asked how much the fellow would sell the bicycle for.  He hinted at fifty dollars.  I hemmed and hawed, finally settling on thirty bucks for the lot.  The moment the deal was made, thoughts of breakfast returned.  I hurriedly loaded the Zeus into the truck and zoomed off to Fat Cat's.

I arrived, just as breakfast was being served, said hello to my chum and dived in.  The food at the Cat's is great and, of equal importance, many guys that I know frequent the place on Saturday mornings.  It is kind of like a home coming party, every time I go there.  I am retired now and it is good to see past fellow workers and friends again.

NEXT - BUILDING THE SECOND ZEUS ALPHA

 

 

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