On Aug 15, 2006, at 2:46 PM, BABA SWOBO wrote:
Yeah, we remember those bio-pace rings. I bet they sell for top dollar in the streets of Japan right about now. Cheers – it’s good to be back. It’s good to be real. Thanks lots for the note.We remember those early days well. You’ve hit a chord that we sometimes forget.
On Aug 12, 2006, at 1:30 PM, Kevin R wrote:
Man. So I’ve been riding bikes for a long time, as long as I can remember. When I was 12 years old LeMond won his 3rd tour, over Laurent Fignon. I had watched it on TV and was absolutely hooked on the majesty and mythology of European road racing. That was 1990.
When it was time to use the family network to score deals on bikes, my bro got a Fisher Hoo-Koo-E-Koo mountain bike, and I got a steel Miyata 512 road bike. I think it had Shimano’s bio-pace. Remember that? Those oval chainrings? They actually put it on road bikes for a year or two. Crazy. You’d pedal in these ellipses.
I rode a lot. And time passed. I worked in shops and raced and breathed and ate and lived bikes. And one day, way back then, I was in Seattle with my dad, probably at least ten years ago or so. It was really cool in Seattle. There were cyclo-cross races and a huge road scene – crits, timetrials, velo, tons of stuff. All the courier guys had dope road-bikes and never, ever stood still. They were athletes, man. Guys rode by with total style on the bike, with insane cheese-grater calves, and would jam up wicked steep roads. I saw Serrottas, Lightspeeds, and Merlins. I was in awe. It was so frickn’ cool. There was so much more bike culture there then in Calgary, Alberta, where I was from and still live today.
And so while there, in the Seattle wet, I bought these Merino wool arm warmers, Merino wool Swobo arm warmers. And they came in this super cool and clever chinese food take-out style packaging and I felt that owning them legitimized me as the real deal – a hardman, the kind that loved the Spring Classics and cyclo-cross and pave and riding in inclement weather and all the cool things about road-bikes that the Lance Zombies just don’t get. I bought mediums and wore the hell out of them every fall.
And they still fit. I just put them on cause the weather’s going to grey and threatening to shower. They’ve ground down a bit from the asphalt in places, and are a little shredded, but they still work just fine and I still feel proud in those things, years later.
Glad you guys are back. Thanks for keeping it real. Kevin in Calgary.