Monday, November 8, 2010

trading wheels

It's perfect bike riding weather.  While I prefer two wheels without a motor, Wayne likes something with a bit more power that makes a lot of noise.  His motorcycle had been sitting in the garage gathering dust for years, when he recently decided to take it out, dust it off, rebuild it and start riding again.  Here's the old Harley-Davidson Shovelhead in all it's current glory.  I do like the sound of it running.
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Saturday morning, he took it out for a ride around the neighborhood.  He stopped to talk to some neighbors and while they were chatting, Wayne spotted a unique bicycle in their garage.  He came back to the house and traded the Harley for the Huffy beach cruiser and rode back to the neighbor's.  It turns out that the neighbor had bought a bicycle at a yard sale for $20 for his wife.  His wife didn't really like riding it, so Wayne offered to trade for the Huffy.  She loved the Huffy.

Wayne found the Huffy sitting out in front of another neighbor's house a couple of weeks ago.  It had a "FREE" sign on it.  Apparently not a bicycle mechanic, someone got frustrated trying to fix it.  Wayne easily fixed it (he can build a motorcycle, after all), cleaned it up and we went for a couple of bike rides together.  This is the beach cruiser all cleaned up, with my bike in the background.
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The new bike is a Jesse James West Coast Chopper Bicycle.  Even trades are so cool when everybody's happy! 
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It's a lot more comfortable than his other bicycle...
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4 comments:

A said...

I remember when the chopper bicycles first came out. I was working retail. They are nice bicycles for side walks but sink in the sand. Nice heavy construction. Love the pictures.

Leigh said...

Since West Coast Choppers closed shop last month, I expect this will be a real collectible soon! Wish we could find decals for it...some of the ones on it are a bit worn.

Hege said...

Oh, my boys would love to have a bike like that!!

Maggie said...

I love the last picture! That's a really cool bike. And it's awesome that you got it for free!