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Thursday, March 24, 2011
MY NEW WHEELS FOR RETIREMENT
Rides like a dream...It was my Dad's bike when he was a country pastor in Nooksack, Washington--a 1942 Elgin. He used to ride it through Nooksack Valley, calling on his parishioners. Eventually it was acquired by Jim Berg, now an author and historian, who kept it in his garage for decades, then gave it to me. I replaced some spokes, put on new tires and tubes, oiled it, and took it on an eighty mile trip from Bellingham to Camano Island. Now, after letting it sit in our basement for many years, I've replaced the inner tubes, oiled it, and will soon get or make a seat cover for it.
Elgin way back then was Sears' highly successful competitor of Schwinn. It feels like bicycles are supposed to feel, and will be my main transportation in my retirement (when I feel like I'm supposed to feel) which begins April 1, 2011.
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