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Julie and I both have new bikes.

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First let me tell you all about mine.

I bought it from Allan Bergman, a friend and long time colleague from Showmakers. I started working for Allan just 2 years after graduating from University, way back in 1996, when I had no real experience designing for anything but T-shirts and a fantastic head of hair.

Anyway, Allan wanted his bike out of the garage, and he said wanted me to buy it. He said so in no uncertain terms. It worked out well, because I also really wanted it. I wasn’t able to offer a price that I felt was fair, but he accepted a deal I couldn’t refuse. I threw in a day of hard labour in an effort to try to make it slightly more equitable, and the weekend I went to Vancouver to pick it up we had a ball in his backyard – we leveled a fountain that had become a little wonky, moved some heavy stuff around, cleaned a few eaves troughs and squeegeed clean the glass that encompasses the Bergman kitchen. After that, I gave him the condensed version of the Photoshop course I taught at Camosun College recently. I made out like a bandit. He and Monique made me a fabulous steak dinner, then I rode off on his motorcycle. While I think he was hoping this would be how it all turned out, he seemed sad to watch his bike leave the garage that kept it for the better part of 20 years.

It is a 1984 Honda Magna. It’s a cool engine – a 750cc V4, the same one that went into the Sabre and the VFR. It has hydraulic lifters and a hydraulic clutch, and two rotors for the disk brakes on the front. It is not as smooth a ride as my old bike, but in every other way is very much an improvement. It is certainly faster and handles better. I have only had it for couple of weeks, but I had a chance to get it out on the road last weekend – I had a nice early Saturday morning ride out to Sooke and back. Ahhhhhh.

Julie also recently acquired a new bike, but this time of the acoustic variety.

She figures she hasn’t had a brand spankin’ new bike since she was a little kid. She’s had some nice used bikes that her brother fixed up for her when he worked at a bike store when they were in high school, and she had a hand-me-down from her mom that was in very good shape but didn’t fit her very well for the last while. In researching what kind of bike she wanted to purchase, she tried a bunch of bikes, but she had her eye on this model for months. Now that she has bought it, I don’t think I have every seen Julie so excited about a material possession. The morning after the day she bought it she woke up in the morning and blurted out “I HAVE A NEW BIKE!”. It’s been great seeing her really enjoy it. Now that the weather is better, we have both been using our bicycles to get around more – it is a much more convenient and effective mode of travel in Victoria than it was for us in Vancouver.

Julie likes the low-rider nature of her Townie. In the photo above you can see her facial expression matches the mood of the bike.

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