Ma nouvelle Vielle bicyclette

Bonjour toute le monde, it’s been a long time since I blogged here… desole (sorry).

I’ve been really busy with work and life, and I have restored a lovely old bike. It’s a early 70’s CCM, 3 speed. They were made in Canada.

I got her from a guy who just trades old bikes and parts. I thought I was going to have to go single speed hub until he bailed me out with a brand new – unused 1974 Sturmey Archer hub from 1974 (what the ??? that’s just incredible!).

Ok, I hope you enjoy the photos, you might see me out and about on my old bike!

A plus tard!

Elles appelle ‘Vielle ecole’. Calins, toute le monde.

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Avant – before the rebuild…
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Pendant – during the restoration process.

 

 

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Pendant encore – coming together.
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Je pense elle est tres joli. D’accord, oui? J’aime elle.
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Regardez-vous. Viola!
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Uptown Girl – a love affair between a guy and his bike ;)

Hi Bloggers,

I’ve posted about my bikes before. I couldn’t be bothered finding the link, it was about 10 months ago or something. You can go find it if you like! Its in my archives somewhere. 

So, I moved to New Brunswick, and I have three bikes. Given that its winter, (I’ve always avoided winter biking in Canada on account of the ice and snow and frost bite potential etc), I was not thinking about biking.

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But something changed, maybe something in me, maybe it was seeing other bike nuts around town. Maybe it was just that I’ve moved, and the moving process helped me see my ‘old bike’ in a kind of a new light.

I was trolling the odd bike shop looking for some handlebars. I wanted those kind of laid back bars that go on bikes that are kind of retro, that seem to be the rage these days. The frame is a 1992 Giant ATX 860. I bought her from Joe’s Cycles in Mt Isa, North West Queensland back in ’92 (like, the other side of the globe!). I am the original owner, and we’ve never been apart.

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She kind of took a back seat, so to speak, while I had affairs with my other two bikes, one being a road racer that I enjoyed riding in triathlons, and for pleasure. Then, I had a new love – a Kona Cinder Cone. Geez, I love that bike. If you must know, that bike has a masculine identity. If that makes me bicycle bisexual, I’m good with that!

Ok, so with a new set of handlebars, and a new seat, and some winter studded tires, I have been falling in love with my old gal, once again. I even gave her a name – Uptown Girl.

I swear to god every time I look at it, hop on it or think about her, that song by Billy Joel comes into my head. As I’m peddling away, this is what I hear (in my head):

She’s been living in her uptown world
I bet she’s never had a backstreet guy
I bet her momma never
told her why

I’m gonna try for an uptown girl
She’s been living in her white bread world
As long as anyone with hot blood can
And now she’s looking for a downtown man
That’s what I am

And when she knows what
She wants from her time
And when she wakes up
And makes up her mind

Read more: Billy Joel – Uptown Girl Lyrics | MetroLyrics