So, the hordes of millions who follow my FaceBook, a friend I will call Bike Yogi (Yogi Bear? Master Yogi) wants to see some pics of Yellow Bella. Fair enough, I owe some of what I know about bikes to Master Yogi.
I’ll admit the pics are not super exciting. I had already wiped of the worst of the muck by the time I took the Before picture (actually, it was so thick, some if it just fell off), but you can see the flat tires and I think you can tell that I raised the handle bars. You can’t really see wobbly wheels in a picture. You can also note that I haven’t actually replaced the tubing over the brake lines. I’m actually OK with what is there. And her cool basket is there now, as well. She’s got whitewall tires and the fenders, as you can see, are original equipment. Last but not least, the pedals are on. 🙂
I believe Jedi Bikerider also owes the Blog a bit of an explanation. Could be said that I went off topic on my second entry. How does fixing up a bike—particularly a Made in Italy bike—have anything to do with the Middle? Well, the Middle was the land of Schwinn bikes. Had a bunch of Schwinns myself, including one of my current bikes. Schwinn was all about the basic bike for the people, the department store bike, the get me to the ice cream stand-, library-, school-on-time bike. Get a kid on basic bike, they might turn into an adult who bikes, and maybe even owns three bikes, and maybe you get to sell them one. Adult has not been on a bike for awhile? Bike sharing is reintroducing adult Americans to bikes all of the country. Trek—headquartered in the Middle—recently donated the equipment for a startup bike sharing program in Madison, Wisconsin, acknowledging that the city is not in the best shape now financially. More on corporate social responsibility and community relations later.
So, while adult biking is considered fringe in contemporary culture, it has some real estate in the Middle.