Today I had to remove my T-shirt from the 1988 Honolulu Century bike ride from my closet. It did not make it through the last wash cycle. It was the year that they featured dinosaurs in the design. I would have posted a pic but it was so faded it would not have been useful. Fear not however, it will still be with me for a while as I cut it into 18 pieces for bike cleaning.
It was a great ride. Honolulu around the coast counter clockwise to the windward side and back. Did it on a 1981 Alan aluminum frame with Zeus 2000 components (Spanish knock off of Campy Record), Mavic wheels and Look clipless pedals. Did it in under six hours (including breaks) powered by PB&J, bananas and Coca Cola.
I bought that bike in Spain in 1981 when I was stationed there in the Navy. Purchase was from Flores' bike shop in Cadiz. Sr Flores was a retired racer of some fame and when I went into the shop I told him I wanted a Vitus frame. He said no, "You are not strong enough for one of those, you should ride the Alan." He was quite the character and had the amazing skill to accurately add up long lists of numbers nearly instantaneously.
Interestingly I had been riding a Schwinn LeTour when I got to Spain. Rode around in shorts, Bata rubber soled cycling shoes and one of those sytrofoam helmets from Bell. I would always wave at the Spanish roadies, but they would not wave back. That is until I started riding the blue Alan, and got bike shorts (wool with a real chamois) and a real jersey (Miko - Mercier). Then they actually invited me to join their local club and go on rides with them. Best memory was doing a solo century ride through all of those small villages between Cadiz and Sevilla. Little kids would rush out into the streets and clap as I rode by!
I rode that bike until 1990 (with the exception of 22 months when I was stationed in Korea) with rides in Spain, CA, HI and Germany. Finally, I had to retire it. It was aluminum tubes glued into aluminum lugs. The lugs all cracked and could not be repaired
Have great memories of it and the 1988 Honolulu century ride - and now the T-shirt.
I still have my Club Ciclista Portuense jersey and shorts in safe keeping - they will be with me until I am dead.