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In early 2012 I took a rode trip to Asheville NC with my wife Barbara. We love Asheville and cruising the Blue Ridge Parkway in our convertible.

While there we visited one of our favorite antique stores. As we were walking in we noticed people holding various antiques in a line.  Once we entered the store we discovered it was set up like the antique road show with people waiting to have their goods appraised.

 There was a table set up with computers, books and other literature and sitting behind the table were 3-4 appraiser’s. Right about that time 2 older black women entered with a bicycle I’d never seen before in person, it had wagon wheels as rims, wooden fenders and a wooden partial frame w/ hard rubber for tires.  I listened intently as the appraisers reviewed the bicycle and assessed the value at $1,200, the ladies were" dinged" for an incorrect seat.

 As they were leaving I approached them outside with my business card and asked if I could buy it for the $1,200. Unfortunately I was driving an MX5 Miata convertible with Barbara in the front seat and had no room... We asked how they acquired the bicycle, the daughter told me her brother had a bicycle store in Brooklyn NY, they’d moved to Asheville about 20-25 years prior and the "old bicycle was just in the basement". I had no way to get it home but we exchanged phone numbers with the hopes I could return for it.  Needless to say I never heard from them again, but would always remember the bike with wagon wheels and an incorrect seat, I told that story many times over the years, if only I was there solo!

Fast forward 6 years later to about a 2 months ago when I had an opportunity to purchase a bike with a wagon wheel, wooden fenders etc. this time the bicycle was in the Statesville NC area in a collection of a bicycle collector.  After getting the bike home I researched the bike and discovered the seat was incorrect and missing the chain guard.

About a month ago while organizing my garage it dawned on me the seat on my Elliott Hickory was maybe the same seat that was on that wagon wheel bike I discovered years ago in Asheville but couldn’t score, could that be?

That Monday while at work I started searching photos on my office computer, after about an hour I found the pictures from Asheville, I’ll be damned it’s the same bike!!! I got chills when I discovered the pictures and realized it was the same bike, that bike was meant to be mine! Was this karma,? My business partner called it full circle, hell I don’t know, I was floored!!

 I snapped these pictures off my computer screen so quality isn’t great. Same seat, missing chainguard, same bike!  How about that, it was meant to be mine but not at the time I discovered it originally.


General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / Re: Antique bicycle dreams
« Last post by Craig Allen on November 19, 2018, 05:05:26 PM »
Well, you have just a few years on me. Maybe I'll start feeling older next May when I turn 65 and sign up for Social Security. Thankfully I still have fairly good health even though I had a run in with diabetes a few years back and also thankfully was able to get it under control to the point where I am now completely off all meds. I still think however that instead of repairing old bikes maybe I should get a job as a pit mechanic at Nascar.
General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / Re: Antique bicycle dreams
« Last post by 55inchwheel on November 19, 2018, 12:37:21 PM »
Great story Craig. Now my mental picture of you is of a much younger man than I thought you were! That sprinting up and down stairs would have done me in, I'm 73 years young with a Afib, so I'm left behind often, I must pace myself in attempt to keep up with my kids.  Good to hear you obliterated your nightmare!
General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / Antique bicycle dreams
« Last post by Craig Allen on November 19, 2018, 12:05:29 PM »
Does anyone ever have dreams about antique bicycles? Ever since I joined the Wheelmen back in '84, I've had this recurring dream/nightmare where I'm at some Wheelmen event and everyone is having a great time except of course me. Everyone is mounting their bikes and riding off but I'm left behind frantically trying to get my bike ready to ride. The more work that is done to it the worse it gets until eventually there is nothing left of the bike except an oil stain on the concrete.
 Well, on the Friday evening at the Oberlin meet this past summer a number of Wheelmen were congregated in front of the dorm ready to ride the two or three blocks downtown to do the public demonstration and I came out with my G&J American Light Champion and not dressed in my Wheelmen uniform. Randy Oleynik then asked me "Where are you going?" I replied,  "I'm going downtown. Don't worry I'm not participating, I'll just stay on the sidewalk". On the way down,  the rear tire on my bike snapped off. I  thought, well so much for that, no OHWT ride tomorrow. As I was walking back to the dorm, the thought occurred to me that I have all the tools with me to repair the wheel having just done a demo on mounting tires, so I started running. My truck was all packed up ready to leave so I pulled everything back out and remounted the tire in the parking lot, loaded everything back in the truck, ran back to the dorm and up the stairs to the third floor. I got cleaned up real quick, put on my uniform, ran back downstairs, hopped on my bike for a quick ride of a block or two, just in time when everyone started to leave for the demo. From the time the tire broke off until I got back downtown it was just a half hour later. And you know what, I haven't had that dream ever since!
General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / Re: the black coffee show
« Last post by Wayne Batten on November 19, 2018, 08:35:28 AM »
55inchwheel,  You are correct. It scared me when I saw the unknown script. Knowing the Wheelmen site is not secure, it concerned me that a hacker may have infiltrated this site. My concern was for all members to be cautious when the unknown appears. By the way, I did not open that post and will not open any that may be in a different language other than english.
If you have opened it maybe you can share with rest of us.
       And that`s The Rest of The Story,  Good Day
General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / Re: the black coffee show
« Last post by 55inchwheel on November 18, 2018, 08:17:13 PM »
Wayne, I wonder why you would be interested in opening the link if you don't know what it is. That's a good way to pickup a virus. And why would you pass it on for the rest of us to try, does it somehow pertain to bicycles?
General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / Re: the black coffee show
« Last post by DelombardR on November 17, 2018, 10:31:07 PM »
I 'reported' it via the button in the lower right.
A translation begins with:
Caps and tastings are an integral part of professional work with coffee, because it is on them that you can appreciate the quality, taste and aroma of various varieties and blends. Therefore, at Black Fest, .........

I use for such translations. It will even 'guess' the language for you.
General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / Re: Sloping top tube
« Last post by AlanPonder on November 17, 2018, 07:09:59 PM »
Love that Prince Pneumatic. Looks like a really comfortable rider.
General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / the black coffee show
« Last post by Wayne Batten on November 17, 2018, 05:46:11 PM »
 Administrator,  I realize the Wheelmen website is Not A Secure Site. Please assure me that it is safe to open the post about the black coffee show. As I am not fluent in Ukrain I d`not understand what the topic says.
Каппингы и дегустации является неотъемлемой частью профессиональной работы с кофе, ведь именно на них вы сможете оценить качество, вкус и аромат различных сортов и блендов. Поэтому на Black Fest мы тоже предоставляем вам возможность выбрать наиболее подходящие к вашему вкусу зерна, которые увеличат заинтересованность потребителей вашим бизнесом и повысят его прибыльность.
«Кофе бизнес» - главная идея нашего Ukrainian Coffee Show. Поэтому, воспользуйтесь возможностью поднять свой бизнес на новый уровень. Ждем вас на Black Fest в КВЦ Парковый.
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