I was thinking about how excited I was that my son Brett was interested in the different bikes that hang in my garage. It’s not that I have too many bikes because the commonly accepted formula for how many bikes one should own is ‘current plus one’. For clarity I own a number of bikes; my Cannondale R800 road bike for nicer days, my older Cannondale for rain rides, my Brodie mountain bike, a Rocky Mountain cruiser used mostly for commuting to work and then the Montenni which has been converted to a spin bike that doesn’t leave the garage plus a carbon fiber road bike that just needs a few parts and will be ready for the road next year I guess that last one is currently my plus one.
But back to Brett eying up my bikes in the garage. I thought wow my son wants to start riding bike after all he was asking many questions and looking at the bikes even asking if could take them down, sit on them not really asking to ride but too me that was the next obvious step. It didn’t take long and bikes from Self-Help Thrift Store appeared in our garage along side of my bikes. Brett would tinker on the bikes and work at understanding how they functioned often taking apart the rear hubs then not putting it back together.
What did seem strange at the time is he asked for an electric hand grinder for his birthday. I have asked different friends about their adult children and even co-workers and none of them has ever remembered someone asking for an electric hand grinder for their birthday.
Shortly after his birthday I came home to find Brett busy cutting up the bikes he had brought home. There was this idea somewhere in his head on what a bike should or could look like. As he put the bike parts together they started to resemble a one-of-a-kind of bike and the vision of what the end result was only in his head. Brett has always been the kind of person who would get a Lego box for his birthday, put it together once then rebuild the same thing in what he thought it should look like. That first bike parts adventure in our garage didn’t result in a bike as much as a huge mess that I cleaned up without telling Brett. For the most part he has forgiven me.
Now 6 years later and he can make the mess in his own garage. I noticed that he was collecting different bikes again. So out came the grinder and with a friend who knows how to weld and lots of advice from Pat from Body Driven Sports they came up with the first comfort bike that suits Brett as he rides the 7 foot low rider. Up close it’s alittle rough but it does function well and he is able to ride it to work and with his kids around town.
With the first one built the ideas started to flow for the second bike, this one for his wife Natalie. Brett is abit of an artist so he drew what it might look like.
Then as the different bikes started to fall to the hand grinder he put the pieces together to start to resemble the bike that he had on paper.
Then with his friend they welded it together, gave it a paint job and presented it to his wife Natalie.
Both bikes ride beautifully, tough to describe the feeling of a comfort ride that rolls over speed bumps, takes wide corners and attracts many looks.
So my son doesn’t ride road bike with me, he isn’t into speed or spandex but he is growing up and found a passion in bikes. Makes me proud of how he has put his dreams into reality by working at the vision that was in his head which has resulted in two bikes (so far) that he can be proud of.