Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Lancashire, England
Bikes: 1971 Bob Jackson, 1976 Dawes Galaxy, 1999 Townsend Harlequin
Hi Amy, from another newcomer. About ten miles from here, at a place called Formby, is a fantastic new bike shop, all chrome and glass. The building cost millions, apparently. I went in recently to buy a new chain (last of the big spenders) and took a look around. There were bikes there costing £1000, £2000, £3000, and even £4000. They were all dark grey (presumably the natural colour of carbon fibre), and totally characterless and boring. I wouldn't have swapped my 1976 Dawes Galaxy or 1982 Hercules for the contents of the entire shop. It seems that cycling has entered a brave new world, and I don't want to go there. In this country, it was an activity for the working people, and a means of getting around without spending a fortune. I love my old bikes, and I'm sure you love your Huffy. Even the name is magic - an American icon. We should always have total confidence in the things which make our lives worth living, don't you think?