Been looking forward to posting my first post on here.
It was about 30 years ago I got into cycling seriously, unfortunately I never went as far as competing even though I had many people telling me to. I used to get out on rides with Teesside Clarion which was probably what made me doubt my ability and why I probably never competed. I rode along side a future, Olympic, Commonwealth and World Champion who you will all know as Chris Newton.
I was introduced to the Clarion by ex cyclist and bike shop owner Colin Armstrong. I had just bought myself a Raleigh Criterium Triathlon 12. Not the best of bikes around at the time but I loved it. I bought it off my cousin who had only owned it 6 months. He bought it to help him get fit as he was going in the army. When he finally got in, he no longer needed the bike so he offered me it for a bargain price of £25.
The first time I rode with the Clarion it is fair to say I was not at my best due to a heavy session on the beer the night before. After about 15 miles we hit a bank and I hit the wall. The guys waited for me at the top but I told them to go on and I will go home.
Lesson number 1, don't ride full of last nights beer.
I went on future rides but these guys where so fit compared to me that they constantly dropped me. Chris Newton was up and coming and he was incredibly fit and fast and he left almost everyone. These lads were all about 3 years younger than me and I just thought I would never get to their level of fitness. I eventually stopped riding with them which is something I regret.
Any way I rode using my Criterium for around 8 years. My cycling days sadly came to end due to lack of time and the fact that I got into motorbikes. I sold the bike not long after.
Fast forward almost 20 years and here I am, getting back into it. My car decided it didn't want to start so I borrowed a MTB (Voodoo Bokor) to get to work till the car was sorted. I have loved it. That was back in March this year. 2 weeks ago my son who is 12 said he would like to try cycling properly. So I have arranged for him to borrow a road bike (known as a racer when I was 12) and if he likes it I will buy him one.
I decided the MTB was not going to be suitable so went on the hunt for the bike that gave me so many memories, another Criterium Triathlon.
I found a few on ebay 2 of which were priced at way more than I was prepared to pay however, one had a starting price of 99p. I bid and I won it for £34.01p
Very happy. I feel like I will be meeting an old friend and can't wait to get to work on cleaning her up and getting her looking as good as she did back in the day.
Looking forward to posting on here, it is an incredible site and sorry for the long winded post