My First


I had always thought my first bike was a tiny little purple thing with training wheels because that is as far back as my memory takes me.  I’m not sure why, but I had never gotten around to asking my Parents if that really was my first bike or if there were bikes prior to the purple machine.  I’ve been meaning to bring that up to them for a very long time….but all of a sudden I don’t really have to.

We were at my Parents cabin this past weekend and while digging around in the garage, we found this beautiful old tricycle.  When I saw it, I figured it was something out of a museum….“What an old classic trike”.  Then I found out that the classic trike used to be mine.  “Am I really that old”.

They just don’t make them like they used to now do they?  Take a look at this craftsmanship. Simple.  Functional.  My First Ride.  Wow, it’s like I located one of the missing pieces that make up the complex puzzle of who I really am.  Somewhere in this red metal and wood lies the foundation causing me to be loving the bike today.

The cool thing is that now I get to pass on this little piece of personal cycling history to my children. My 4 year old is a little big for it, but absolutely loves getting on and pedaling…..and I know that my 4 month old is going to love having it as his first bike.

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15 Responses to “ My First ”

  1. Jim on July 12, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    I suspected you had fixie roots — nothing more simple, elegant. Love this one 🙂

  2. Sabinna on July 8, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    NYT take on kids and bikes in the city [not a mention of Carrie Bradshaw at all :-(] My first bike was as tall as me–belonged to Grandpa and all us kids “rode” it.

  3. Richard Masoner on July 8, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    What a very cool hand me down for the kids.

  4. Bryan on July 8, 2010 at 11:18 am

    That’s awesome. Not only that you have the trike but you have pics of yourself on it and can now have pics of your kids on it. Priceless.

    • Bryan on July 8, 2010 at 11:19 am

      Woops, maybe not a pic of you on it. I’m sure they had cameras back then (!). Just kidding. I just wasn’t paying attention to what I was writing.

  5. Sine Botchen on July 8, 2010 at 8:25 am

    I love the boots! What a great picture (and story).

    • Loving the Bike on July 8, 2010 at 8:55 am

      Thanks for your comments. Yeah, those boots sort of fit the bike in a way. I never get tired of looking at that classic trike.

  6. Brett on July 8, 2010 at 6:20 am

    Awesome that you guys found this. That bike looks ancient. Take care and I hope Indie enjoys the ride.

  7. Kendall on July 8, 2010 at 4:50 am

    Sweet ride!

  8. VitaminLee on July 7, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    This is super awesome. I love the pic of Indie riding your first bike.

  9. Myrna CG Mibus on July 7, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    This just makes me smile 🙂
    Thanks for sharing and I can’t wait to see a picture of your 4 month old on your little red trike – when he’s a little older, of course.

    • Darryl on July 7, 2010 at 1:31 pm

      It still give me goose bumps watching my Son on it and knowing that I rode it myself many, many years ago. Yeah, I can’t wait until my baby gets to take his turn on it.

  10. AmieReilly on July 7, 2010 at 10:18 am

    This is awesome! My first tricycle was similar. Man, did I go flying down hills on that thing. 😉 -Sara

    • Darryl on July 7, 2010 at 1:31 pm

      I’ll have to ask my parents if I did any flying down hills.

  11. Lindsay on July 7, 2010 at 10:08 am

    How neat is that! Super cool 🙂


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