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  • Bought in 1986 this old lady carried me to work for ten years.
    Through sunshine and showers, hail, rain and snow we did the daily 32 mile round trip together, me providing the pedal power and her the comfy seat and the strong sturdy frame, taking the summer months into account when we used to take off on longer rides of 60 to 100 miles most nights and weekends this old lady and I must have covered at least 100,000 miles in ten years. She was retired to the garden shed in 1996 as my worsening heart condition meant I could no longer ride her. Worse was to come for her as in 1999 I was engaged in a fight to beat cancer as she lay gathering dust in that cold dark shed. In 2000 almost 4 years to the day I brought her out and with new tires and brakes and my cancer in remission we went on the victory ride together.
    We came to Tenerife in 2001 but my ballooning weight once more banished her to a shed. In 2002 I did the unthinkable I gave her away.
    With my weight loss and return to some kind of fitness level while visiting in America I bought a bike and once more fell in love with cycling.
    This year 2012 as I adjusted the seat of my new bike so Tiana could take her for a spin while I was back at home in Tenerife my thoughts returned to the old lady of my past.
    Two weeks ago the subject of bikes came up in conversation and to my delight and pleasure I was told I could have her back as she had lain in a garage unused for the past 10 years.
    A good clean and a quick polish and with new blue tires here she is in all her glory. So if you see an old guy smiling as he cycles around the roads on this island it will be me getting reacquainted with a lady from my past.
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