In the Saddle: My dust collectors |

In the Saddle: My dust collectors

Allyn Harvey

Some were born to ride. Some were not.Unfortunately, it’s taken me several years and a couple thousand bucks to realize that I fall into the “not” category.For evidence, look no farther than my garage, where three – yes, three – mountain bikes and a pricey road bike lean against the wall, the extra garbage can and my so-called workbench.There are two pairs of bicycle shoes, the kind that can’t be used for anything but locking in for a ride, squished at the back of my closet.I so want to be a Mister Velocipede. I saw the movie “Breaking Away.” I wanna break away. I wanna be a mountain-biking animal like my neighbor Mike, who says things like: “If you don’t draw blood when you’re mountain biking, then you’re not really mountain biking.”I have an impressive inventory of bicycles. From a super-light Serotta road bike that my friend sold to me for the bargain rate of $1,500 to my 19-year-old TeraTech mountain bike that cost about $450 in 1987. In between, I own two mountain bikes that are worth a half-thousand apiece. The Serotta is decked out with great components that make riding it really easy. The problem is, no matter how easy it should be, riding bicycles for the sake of riding bicycles is never easy for me. Actually, the hardest of all my rides, the TeraTech, is actually the easiest for me to use.Maybe that’s because there was a time in the early 1990s when I lived in Seattle without a car. I rode my TeraTech everywhere, no matter the weather. Seattle is a city of hills, so riding to work was a workout. But if your bike is all you’ve got, then powering your way to the top was just something you did simply to get there a little faster. I miss being in a place where my bike is at the center of my life, where I don’t need a car and all the accompanying headaches. Unfortunately, I just don’t miss it enough to ride for the sake of riding.

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