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The Bike

I remember it like it was yesterday.  I was probably twelve when Mr Kimball, who lived across the street, asked me if I had a bike.   I said “no”, and he asked if I would like one.  The answer was obvious.  I followed him to the cellar where, leaning against a wall stood an old Iver Johnson bike frame with two flat tires and no fenders.  It was beautiful.  Mr. Kimball said if I wanted to fix it up, I could have it.

I wheeled it home, washed it, and painted it black. My dad and I removed the tires to reveal two rotted inner tubes.  My dad said I would have to buy new ones and he would help me put them in.  It took me two months, working two paper routes to earn the money necessary, but I finally had them.  Good to his word, my dad and I put them in and used the old bicycle pump in the basement to inflate them.  I cannot tell you the ecstasy and exhilaration I experienced the first time I rode that bike.  It had multiple speeds, depending on how fast I could pedal.

I went everywhere on that bike.  You seldom saw one without the other.  I remember saving enough money to finally buy fenders.  The were shiny chrome and I thought they were beautiful.  But as is the way with young boys, after having them awhile, I decided to customize them by cutting them down to half size.  In my infinite wisdom, it never occurred to me that if I rode it in the rain, when I got where I was going, I would have a streak of mud down the middle of my back.  A minor detail.

From time to time, I would fasten a stiff card to the frame so that it would contact the spokes, making a sound not unlike a small motor.  Or at least I thought so.

That was so many years ago.  Since then I have graduated to cars and have owned many.  But I can't think of one that I liked better or that meant more to me then that old second hand bike.

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  1. Date: 7/3/2012 6:12:00 PM
    Our boys cling onto used computers or parts. They work hard and buy other necessary items and then they rebuild the computers so that they work better than they did when they were knew. Our boys are eleven and thirteen.

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 7/3/2012 10:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Their computers are to them what my bike was to me. Things don't really change much do they?
  1. Date: 5/21/2012 3:52:00 PM
    BOB, wow~ "THE BIKE" Says it all, a super nice win;-) Congratulations with your bicycle entry. Have a nice day~PD

  1. Date: 5/18/2012 4:04:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in Gwen's "My Bicycle" contest Bob. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/18/2012 8:36:00 AM
    I remember the sound of that stiff card fluttering too....I wonder if kids still do that today? What a lovely memory, Bob! Congratulations!

    caulfield Avatar peggy caulfield
    Date: 7/3/2012 6:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Our kids put plastic bottles behind their back tire. It sounds like a noisy motor cycle.
  1. Date: 5/18/2012 4:43:00 AM
    a beautifully painted memory and a well-deserved win. congratulations!

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 5/18/2012 8:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Ilene
  1. Date: 5/18/2012 2:04:00 AM
    Congratulations Bob, where would we have been without this kindly elder generation back then xx

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 5/18/2012 8:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Good question Mandy
  1. Date: 5/18/2012 1:26:00 AM
    Bob, congrats on your win..David

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 5/18/2012 8:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Dave
  1. Date: 5/17/2012 10:56:00 PM
    Bob,..thanks for your awesome entry in my Bicycle contest...this was the most nostalgic narrative and rightfully had to be placed very high on the winner's list...Always a pleasure reading your work, friend. :) Gwendolen

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 5/18/2012 8:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I am glad you found it worthy. Thanks Gwen
  1. Date: 5/17/2012 8:54:00 PM
    Lovely story, Bob! Congrats on your win! Ruben.

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 5/18/2012 8:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Ruben
  1. Date: 5/17/2012 8:53:00 PM
    Lovely story, Bob! Congrats on your win! Ruben.

  1. Date: 5/17/2012 8:34:00 PM
    Bob, I just read the remark you made to me at the bottom of all these comments when I first read your wonderful poem here and commented to it. I have no idea what you meant by your comment to my comment since I never have written about my sister in that way that you described. anyway, Congratulations on your win here!

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 5/18/2012 8:12:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Soup mail
  1. Date: 5/17/2012 8:23:00 PM
    A wonderful memory of your first bike. Congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 5/18/2012 8:12:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Joyce
  1. Date: 5/1/2012 5:39:00 PM
    I remember attaching cards to the spokes with clothes pins and the sound they made. Thanks for the memories.

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 5/2/2012 8:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    The simple things are the things we seem to remember the most.
  1. Date: 4/25/2012 10:10:00 AM
    sweet sentiments rule this page , bob... your bike and the memories that go with it are irreplaceable.... lovely work.. winning wishes and huggs! :)

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 5/2/2012 8:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you nette
  1. Date: 4/25/2012 10:10:00 AM
    sweet sentiments rule this page , bob... your bike and the memories that go with it are irreplaceable.... lovely work.. winning wishes and huggs! :)

  1. Date: 4/25/2012 10:09:00 AM
    sweet sentiments rule this page , bob... your bike and the memories that go with it are irreplaceable.... lovely work.. winning wishes and huggs! :)

  1. Date: 4/23/2012 11:44:00 PM
    Very tender story about your first bike. I want to write about mine, but just can't think of the words right now. I hope you do well in the contest. (from little imp!)

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 5/2/2012 8:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I hope you do. It will probably involve somehow nailing your sister again:)