Great Opportunity to "Pay it Forward" to an 81yo Gentleman
After swimming this morning, I came home and decided to go for a fun, short ride. I had some regular shorts on, and jumped on the Lemond, and went about a mile when it occurred to me that those shorts were definitely NOT covering everything that needed to be covered. So, I circled home and changed to some proper bike bibs and went on my way. (This is all important because of the timing involved - if I had not taken the time to change, I would have missed this opportunity).
So, on the trail at the bridge, I saw 4 bicyclists, and as I approached 3 rode away, leaving one guy pushing a bike. His chain had come off and looked like a good imitation of a pretzel. The other guys were unable to fix it. He did not know the area and really had no clue where to go. He was about 10 miles from his car. He had no cell phone, no ID and no $$, no water, period. He rides regularly and looks in great shape for someone 81yo. But he never takes the CP, $$ or ID!!
We talked for awhile and it occurred to me that my wife was swimming at the rec center, a short distance away. We walked up to the rec center and I put the bikes in our van, and as soon as the wife was finished, we tooled off to my favorite LBS. He was worried about not having any money, but I know the LBS pretty well, and knew they would take care of him (Creekside Bikes, Parker, CO) with no charge.
So, they put the bike on the stand, straightened out the chain, made some minor adjustments, did a safety check on the bike, and I took him to the corner, showed him the trail and he was on his way.
So, he says he will carry a CP in the future - some of our trails are quite isolated and miles from civilization.
He was delightful, and we made a wonderful acquaintance, but I never got my ride in. That will have to be tomorrow.
Anyone else had an opportunity to "pay it forward" lately?