02-12-07, 07:32 AM
Really, it's not about me. It's about the bike. For Lance it was not but, with seven tour wins how can it be not? Anyway I have been a cyclist for 17 years seriously. I built bikes as a kid in my neighborhood. In my world at that time, your bike was like your car. My riding memories take me back to 15-20 mile jaunts as a young man to see girlfriends I had met a roller rink.(going way back to mid 80's) Got tied up with the pot people and spent 5 years with no bike. A memory of cruising down a tree covered road with my bike sent me searching for anything with two wheels. A dumpster of fate provided me a powder blue Free Spirit 12 speed. After a week of searching for a bike shop I liked, I started using my expendable cash(pot money) to get my new ride up to roadworthyness.I rode her for two years, the last year saw major upgrades and a paint job. Sold to a friend so I can get a Fuji from a pawn shop. 1 year later saw that bike go to pasture for a raleigh aluminum Gran Prix with 105 components only to be sold for a green Cannondale CAAD2 which shared ride time with numerous heavier bikes for training purposes and kept hard road miles off the dale. Cannondale made a devine departure(ask me in an e-mail and I will share) for a home and better life. Rode an orange Diamond back until I found a desguised treasure. A '92 Cannondale R300. The kind with the tight geometry and protruding dropouts. Sandblasted, powdercoated copper glittercoat and factory Cannondale decals and Campy equipped, it is a cyclists dream. Fast and responsive. Lastly my Dale shares reps with my 05 Lemond Tete' de Course. I have only to date 116 dollars invested in bike with a market value of 2000 bucks, so cool. I feel blessed! I spent time as a pro wrench, which does not pay much, so my career is a service engineer with a Xerox dealer.