About Jeff Bike – Who is he? Who cares?

I think I should tell you a little about me. I’m an average kind of guy. I am the youngest of six kids. I’m now 54 years old and have been married for over 31 years. I have one son and no daughters. I consider myself religious. I do volunteer work besides my regular work. Do some charity fund raising rides. I have been riding off and on since I was a kid.
When I was real young about 9 or 10 my big brother and I got a good used bike. This was the late 60’s so yes it was a stingray style with banana seat and riser handle bars. Later when I was 16 I bought my first bike I earned. I worked and saved the money to buy a new Volkscycle mark III. This was better than any bike I had before. This was a twelve speed (2×6) when the other kids were on ten speeds. It was an alloy frame and thus much lighter than the steel bikes of the day. When I finally got a car at 18 that bike got left behind. I didn’t start riding again until 1996.
I was 38 years old. I had not ridden for 20 years. I had had 3 knee surgeries from injuries. I was heading for not being able to walk. One knee would pop out on occasion without warning. Remember the movie “Lethal weapon” with Mel Gibson and how his shoulder could pop out. It was kind of like that. It would really hurt. It was so bad that when it went out I would turn red in the face and start sweating. In short I knew I needed to do something.
The mountain bike boom was in full swing. I wanted to do more with my teenage son. Some of my friends were starting to ride. So I looked around for a bike. I choose a Gary Fisher Aquila (only much later did I find out it was a factory upgraded one). I picked it for two main reasons. First was the price. At $550 it was all I could afford. Second was Mr. Gary Fisher, he was one of the founders of mountain biking so I figured he would know a lot about building a strong bike and he is very tall. I’m 6’2” so it has always been hard to find bikes that truly fit. Knowing that a tall person is not proportioned the same as a small one only larger. I had heard that he designed his bikes for tall people with our proportions in mind.
We rode for 4 or 5 years and when my son started to drive our interest turn to cars. I like most guys am a bit of a motor head. Over my adult life I had a number of interesting cars and trucks. I did some off-road racing and some autocrossing. When off road I really enjoyed being out in the woods, the great outdoors. I was not one to go tearing around the country side. One of my favorite movies is “Hatari” (1962) with John Wayne. I was hooked on the off road sequences. Off road trucks cost a ton. It had also gotten that you couldn’t find a place to go. So the bike sat from about 2000 to 2007.
In July of ’07 we were watching the Tour de France, drinking good wine, eating good cheese and fine food. My blood pressure was up as was my weight. The knees hurt all the time. I had a sedentary job with very little exercise. I knew I needed to do something. I decided to start riding again. I went down and got a Trek 1.5. It was on sale for $950 and I thought that if Lance Armstrong was winning the tour on a Trek they must build a good bike. I still ride this bike.
I took it for my first real ride. I went about 5 miles and that took almost 45 minutes. It hurt so badly, my body revolted. I was almost sick from exertion. My rear end hurt so much I could hardly sit down. I told myself who was I kidding? Then a couple of days later I did it again and cut 5 minutes off. It hurt so good! Knowing I could get back into this.
Fast forward to 2011 the year I did my first half century ride since I was a teen. When I was a teen on my Volkscycle I would ride all afternoon in the summer. In 2012 I did 4 metric centuries (62 miles) rides. What will 2013 hold? I don’t know yet. I plan to do the Tour de Cure to fight diabetes again. This will be my third. The first I failed to complete 50 miles. The second I finished 62 miles.

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2 Responses to “About Jeff Bike – Who is he? Who cares?”

  1. Mario A. Riojas (@mariojas1) February 18, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    Jeff,
    Nice post. I always wondered about you…Ha!

    Thanks for riding the Tour de Cure with Team Lanterne Rouge. A great time with great friends riding for a cause.

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