First of all, many many thanks to John (The Guv) for assisting me in joining here.
Me; I'm a 40 something bloke with a Wife, two Kids, two Cats and a Dog! Like many of my age (I guess) I've done the mountain bike / hybrid thing with the kids over the last 15 years or so. Just out doing a bit of recreational cycling with the kids and or dog, nothing serious at all.
However a month ago ('ish) I had a life changing event in so far as I somehow managed to survive a Cardiac Arrest. These are the ones where people just drop dead and not the age related heart attacks caused by furred up arteries. They strike with little or no warning, are due to dodgy electrics in the heart and the survival rate is about 5%. By some miracle I survived
I am now fitted with a device known as an ICD (Implanted Cardioverter Defibrillator) which is a fancy pacemaker. It is a box of tricks that sits under the skin of my chest with leads that go, via a vein, into my heart. It sits there and listens and will provide low back ground anti tachycardia pacing as a first line and will give full on defibrillator shocks if needs be.
The downside to having this is a six month driving ban on medical grounds. This has meant I've got back into bikes in a big way
My bike history is typical of a child of the 70's and teenager of the 80's and reads something like this;
Raleigh something or other kids bike circa 1974
Raleigh Chipper circa 1977
Raleigh Grifter MK1 circa 1978 (I don't know if the MK1 is correct)
Raleigh Grifter MK2 Circa 1980 (the one with the sparlee stickers)
Raleigh Olympus '5' speed racer Circa 1982
Peugeot Equipe '10' speed racer Circa 1984 (carbolight 103 or whatever... I loved that bike)
That is was it for a while as my attention switched to cars for a few years.
Raleigh Gritstone mountain bike circa 1994 (a heavy heap and got stolen in 1999)
Raleigh Pioneer Trial Circa 2000, a really nice bike that my eldest son is now riding, Ali frame and half decent components (by my standards anyway) Picture below;
Giant Roma Circa 2010, Current bike, it just works, pic below.
Now...........Post the driving ban, I had a yearning for some 80's 'racer' action, so have recently aquired;
Peugeot Equipe (exact same bike I had as a teenager but this one is red, the one I had was blue. It is the same year, 1984 and everything
I'll start a reader bike thread on this as I'm going refurb bonkers on it and have a few questions. I know these are considered as being a bit rubbish but my original one brings fond memories.
Also got a SunSolo, not sure on the date of this but reckon early 80's. My eldest son has taking a liking to this bike.
Thats it for now except that I'm glad I didn't out and buy some soul-less modern racer thing.
Anyway, again MANY THANKS TO JOHN
and thanks for having me.