|Pre-zombie Cyclist on his First Bicycle|
Schwinn Continental (ca. 1962 - 1964)My first road bike. This was a fancied up version of the widely popular Schwinn Varsity. I started doing 25 to 50 mile day rides on this bike back in the early 1960's. I can't find any pictures of this bike, but Tom Findley has assembled a nice collection of Schwinn catalogues where you can see what it looked like. It had the proprietary Schwinn electroforged frame which was heavy and unresponsive. Although I should be grateful to this bike for having gotten me started, I confess I don't miss it much. I sold this bike to purchase my Peugeot PX10.
Peugeot PX10 (ca. 1964 - 1967)
|Not a great picture of the PX10, but check out the helmet on proto-zombie!|
Hetchins (ca. 1967 - 1968)
|Hetchins Mountain King Touring Bicycle|
Bianchi Specialissima (1968 - 1970)
|This is what we called loaded touring "back in the day"|
Fixie (1970)While looking for a replacement for my stolen Bianchi, I went into Velo Sport Bike Shop and they had a fixed gear bike outfitted for the road for sale for a very reasonable price. We had read about fixies and their popularity in Great Britain, and experimented with them a bit, but this was my first, dedicated fixie. In 1970. Take that, hipsters! It lasted a week before being stolen.
Bianchi Specialissima (1970 - Present)
|Bianchi Specialissima with clincher wheels and clipless pedals|
Surly Crosscheck (2010 - Present)
|Surly Crosscheck with 28 mm tires, Deore derailleur, and wider cassette|