Back in Nineteen and Seventy-Four, I purchased a new Schwinn 10-speed Le Tour (made by Panasonic) and rode the snot out of that bike for close to 10 years. Then marriage and kids greatly curtailed the cycling time. We moved to the country and the wife and I decided we needed fat-tired, upright mountain bikes. Bought a couple cheapies but I never enjoyed riding those like I did the Schwinn. I was "advised" by the boss to sell the old 10-speed since I no longer rode it but couldn't bring myself to part with it and for the last 20 years it has hung on the wall of my garage like a piece of dusty 3-D artwork.
Just last week something made me hoist it from its perch, dust it off and put air in the tires. I made a couple of laps around the yard and was taken right back to 1974. New tires, tubes, brake pads and bar tape are on their way, so in the meantime I am cleaning and greasing bearings, polishing the chrome and renewing the man-machine intimacy I once knew and loved.
I've already scoured much good info on the Maintenace section and I see I can participate in multiple other forum sections as well. Vintage; Over 50 & Clydesdales. Hopefully the Clydesdale will be a brief participation.
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