Seeing the Grifter on Bike and Bedtime has made me feel all nostalgic about my bike history, here is mine. What is yours?
First Bike - A Blue Triang, my dad taught me by pushing down the grass hill across from our house until I fell off, I can still remember going a bit further each time until I could do it. No stabilisers just the school of hard knocks in Glasgow
Second Bike - A Silver Raleigh Strika, a great nippy wee thing that was great for wheelies, I guess I was a bit jealous of people with proper BMXs but a great wee bike that made a funny noise when pedalling, I can remember going on long rides (for the time) through the Lynn Park or to the ash race track down in Battlefield.
Third Bike - A Raleigh Arena, my first racer. A 5 speed which was great until some bigger boys in the park threw me off it and stole it, quite upsetting at the time. School of hard knocks again!
Fourth Bike - A Blue Peugeot from Billy Bilsland's, carbolite 103 tubing and wienman components, was quite heavy but served me well on club runs with the Glenmarnock Wheelers and schoolboy races around Glasgow which I usually came last in.
Fifth Bike - I somehow convinced my parents to buy me an super record Alan Frame that I could build up, it had a mix if Campag, mavic and old bits from my Peugeot, I still have it at my dads and plans to finish the build soon.
After that I discovered beer and girls and it all went downhill...