I have mentioned him in previous posts this last year, but I had another encounter with him the last couple of days.
The bikini man is 72, almost 73. In the summer he wears absolutely nothing but a good pair of shoes and a bikini brief. No padding, not chamois, no lubricant, no cow udder salve. Just a bikini. Following from behind it is VERY EASY to verify what he wears (and doesn't).
He generally rides 40 mile rides daily in my riding area. He used to be a bike racer in England, and moved to the US of A 50 years ago. He is very slight, and has the typical build of a bike racer. He goes fast - I can't keep up with him. He rides a retro fifties 10 speed classic bike with downtube shifters, and a classic ring-a-ding bell.
He rebuilds older bikes, doing a lot of internet research and bidding to get the parts he needs.
About 3 months ago, a horse and rider crossed suddenly in front of him, and the horse kicked him, breaking 5 ribs and his shoulder blade. As he lay prostrate on the grass, the horse rider asked if he was injured, and he replied he "Hurt like hell" at which time the horse and rider trotted off.
Another bicyclist (whom he had just assisted fixing a flat) came by and assisted him to help and his wife took him to the hospital, and he has been off the bike 2.5 months. The last couple of days were his first back on the bicycle, and he still had a big lump on his shoulder blade of fluid that he was going to see the doc about today.
We have had several friendly chats. He lives a bit south of me, and has more hills to climb than I do. He always rides solo.
Isn't it fun meeting individuals who enrich our lives so much with their experiences?
That is one of the best aspects of bicycling - all the varied folks you can meet if you take your time.
By the way, I have never asked him why he wears only the bikini and shoes. Never had the courage!
So, what about the "characters" the rest of you meet? Tell us about them!