Childhood Memories of Bicycles

On my never ending journey of searching for the quaint charm in everything, I’ve fallen head over heels for bicycles.  My family actually owned a bicycle shop during my youth…they joked about how I literally teethed on nuts and bolts! Life went on and I didn’t think much about it, but in recent years bicycles keep making a re-appearance…a beloved Tuscan painting with a blue bicycle sitting in a field; old bicycles used as garden art; beach bikes riding along the shore…

David Masello writes that, “Bicycles were often our first experience of freedom. As kids, when we mastered that moment of finding a balance on two wheels, we were suddenly able to pedal away into neighborhoods beyond our own. All we needed was a strong headlamp, clean reflectors, and a clear-sounding bell.” “I think the reason most people buy a vintage bike,” says Craig Morrow, owner of Bicycle Heaven, a Pittsburgh-based source for antique and collectible bicycles, “is that they want their old bike back–a way of regaining their youth. Or maybe a vintage bike lets people have the one they couldn’t afford as a kid.” I definitely agree…

 Life is like riding a bicycle – in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.  
~Albert Einstein

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