Grandpa’s Low Rider

This month is the anniversary month for Schwinn bicycles. Schwinn started his company way back in 1895 in Germany. Schwinn left school in 1871 at the age of 11 to become a mechanic’s apprentice. He soon went to work for himself: traveling the German countryside fixing bicycles by day and working on his own designs at night.

In 1895 Schwinn formed his own company in the United States. Early bikes were labor-intensive to build, which made them expensive. Schwinn found ways to lower the cost, making them available to more people, especially children. His company’s Sting Ray came out in 1963 and it was one of the best selling bikes of all time.

Grandpas Low Rider

Grandpas Low Rider

Yesterday I bought a new bike, this brings my count to three. Thankfully, I still can afford to operate a bicycle and the requirements for fuel, insurance, licensing and all that, are still reasonable. But then again, maybe they (the government) hasn’t figured a lot of us have switched over to bikes.

I now own several.

One very old ten speed that has served me well, I don’t know how many miles I have put on that old bike, but the numbers are there. My mountain bike, which languishes in the garage, just not into that sort of thing, might be passing it on to my youngest grand-kid in the near future. Set him up with his first bike. And now, this new one, Grandpa’s Low Rider.

Time and age have a profound tendency to take a toll on a guy, I am not the bright eyed kid anymore, and I am riding not so much for enjoyment, but rather, health reasons.

A sixty day supply of Medicine

A sixty day supply of Medicine

Having been diagnosed some 15 years ago with Diabetes I am forced to exercise and bike riding is my chosen remedy.  My motto in life is “If it is not enjoyable, then why are you doing it?” and here lately, the old ten speed has not been all that enjoyable to ride.

Each day I am required to take a #3 washtub full of lug nuts, just to make it to noon.  My joints creak, my bones are old and brittle now, certain parts of me burn and get very uncomfortable and after several miles go to sleep.

To put it bluntly, it has not always been all that wonderful to be out in nature riding.  “I have a totally new found respect for people like Lance Armstrong and those guys who do the Tour De France every year.”

Lately it has been more torture than fun, most days I came home hurting instead of smiling. Time for a change. So I took the plunge and bought a new bike. Figuring that charity truly does begins at home and I would much rather contribute the money to something for myself, instead of making another installment on the “Oil Executives Retirement Fund,”

So first thing Monday morning, I dropped some change on a new two-wheeler. I have a Sun, EZ-1 recumbent bike now.

Sort of a “lazy boy recliner” of bikes, super comfortable, 24 gears and it appears to be very fast. I have ridden it sparingly in the last couple of days, but I can feel my old bones itching for spring already.

If you need a bike, a recumbent, I bought mine from Bob Massengale, in Lexington, Oklahoma, who is running a bike shop next door to his furniture store in this small Oklahoma town. Bob will sell you a bike and you will find him generous, outgoing and very helpful.

If you are in the area it is:

  • Oklahoma Recumbent Road Bikes,
  • 102 East Broadway, Lexington, Oklahoma.
  • Telephone is 405-527-6160,
  • Mail is post office box #387 Lexington, Okla 73051
  • Email: Okrrb@yahoo.com

He recommends that you come down, bring your gear and test ride several different models, get the feel for what it is that you are looking for. Which in itself is kind of rare in this day and age, and really a welcome change of pace. He has a wonderful selection of models to choose from and he can set you up and get you out the door in no time at all.

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You can read all about my new bike and Sun Chaser’s other products here.

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Two Wheel Beginnings