Recently I purchased a 1973 Fuji S10-S Special Road Racer bicycle. It is the most beautiful bicycle I’ve ever seen. It was love at first sight. I purchased it from the original owner and it was in excellent condition with new tires and tubes. Everything worked.
I began calling it “The Time Machine” and I referred to my time in the saddle as time travel. It is thrilling to be riding a bicycle that is 44 years old. I rode it to work a few times although there wasn’t much time travel to these rides as I found my office had not changed at all.
On a Sunday morning I was prepared to go for a bicycle ride. As I was putting my helmet on I realized I didn’t have anyway to carry my mobile phone, money, ID, etc. (No pockets.) My other bicycle had provisions to carry these things so, without much thought, I decided to ride my other bicycle and leave The Time Machine behind.
I pulled out of the driveway and within 100 feet I was stunned at how much better this bicycle rode. The ride was smoother, quieter, changing gears was easier and predictable, the brakes were more powerful, and the bicycle handled better. Before I got to the end of my street I had to swerve to miss Newness and Nostalgia as they walked hand-in-hand across the street in front of me.
A few days later I posted The Time Machine for sale on Craig’s List. Within thirty-five minutes a potential buyer contacted me. We exchanged several emails trying to plan the transaction. At some point she wrote, “It is a beautiful bicycle.” I smiled as I wrote back to her, “Yes, it is a beautiful bicycle.”
I sold the bicycle to her the next night.