Nope, not my birthday. That's next month. Lemme 'splain.
A few years back, a friend of mine gave me his old Schwinn tandem that he had bought new back in the 60s when he was in college. The bike was in totally rideable condition when he gave it to me, but as anyone who knows me can tell ya, I've never seen a non broken bicycle that I can't fix, so I lovingly restored and updated it, thinking the whole while about what great times my wife and I would have riding it.
Well, long story short, after all that work, my wife hated it, and I just could not get her into it. So, we still enjoy our rides together, only on separate bikes.
Anyway, the thing about old Schwinn bikes is, you can look up the build date from the serial number. During the course of the restoration, I discovered the build date was Oct 22, 1964.
I didn't give it a thought until I found myself at my storage unit this morning checking on things when I noticed the bike hanging forlornly and forgotten in the corner. It occurred to me then that today is the bikes birthday. Well, it just didn't seem right that it should hang there all year, and not even be taken for a ride on it's birthday, (I know, I know, inanimate objects don't care about birthdays), But I'm a sentimental old fool I guess, so I took it down off the hook and took it home.
I managed to talk my wife into giving it another try, but that's all it turned out to be. A try. On the first launch attempt, she was so nervous, she pulled one of the grips right off the handlebar. Back to the garage and give it a shot of hairspray so it would grip the bar a little better.
Did the trick, but she just couldn't get comfortable with it.
We circled the block a couple of times to see if she could get over her fears, but no dice.
Well, I didn't want to spoil today's ride for her, because it's most likely her last ride of the year.
Monday, she goes for major surgery, and her convalescence will last until the snow flies.
So, we grabbed a couple of solo bikes and went for a nice ride down to the waterfront.
Can't wait til she will be well enough to ride with me again.