Operation: Liberty

No, I’m not referring to some amazingly trumped US army attack in Iraq. What I’m talking about is much more real. This evening, armed with 100′ of extension cable and an angle grinder, I breached the depths of the Burnaby Velodrome and cut the cable lock off of my track bike. I have had my track bike at the velodrome since 2004 (or was it 2003?) which was the year in which I rode the bike once. Time and different interests prevented me from going to the track again since the inaugural ride. That, and the fact that I lost the key to the lock several years ago.

The 49cm Fuji track bike is now safely back in my garage where I’m sure it will continue to collect dust. I want to sell this stealthy stead, so if you’re interested then drop me a line and make me an offer.

6 comments on “Operation: Liberty

  1. Hey man,
    We must have just passed in the hall because I did the same thing to my track bike (not used since 2002 or 3) only last week. The lock was gone but the bike, sans seat, was still there. Speaks volume as to the likelihood I’ll be able to sell the bike at the track. Mind you, it’s the rage to single speed/fixed gear around town now and constantly defy death at every traffic light, so maybe I’ll stick some notes up…
    But I still fight the notion I might be able to ride the track (alittle) this winter…How about a likelihood rating of a) selling the steed and, b) DT turnng the cranks at the HJSC this winter.?!

  2. I ran into familiar faces at the track, I bet you can guess who was there. I briefly spoke with Murray, he asked if I moved back to town! Murray has a 2yr old and another on the way. I was glad to hear that even a huge bike enthusiast as Murray is only riding a couple of times a week for only a few hours. I think that means he’s being a good dad.

    As for your likelihood rating, I choose option c) neither.

    btw, I can comfortably say that if you want a new track bike you can go to the velodrome with your angle grinder and take your pick. Cyclists are a sympathetic bunch and most of the people that asked me what I was doing agreed that it’s a shame to lose your key. Just look like you belong…

  3. Dave, Sluggo:

    Face the music. Give the bikes to the Velodrome so they can use them as rentals, with the caveat that you get a free rental any time between now and whenever/ifever you’ve consumed so many free rentals you’ve recaptured the cost of your bike.

    In doing this 1) your dead assets get used by cyclists THIS decade, 2) if and when you do show up you can select from among many bikes, even, perhaps, your (formerly) own, 3) the pleasure of giving will be some payback for the pain of riding hard, and 4) you MAY be able to write it off, but without a doubt you WILL generate goodwill.

    And…5) you’ve let go of your fantasies of riding at the track, and there is no dusty steed sitting in your way to remind you of your unfulfilled dream.


  4. I thought of the same thing, even before I bought the bike. For a while I thought I would purchase the track bike with the idea of trading it for free riding time.

    Alas, I think I’m going to use the money from selling the bike to purchase a spey rod. Unlike country bumpkins like the Rittapuccis and Schneiders, I live in the city and fly fishing is a good escape from concrete. I hear that some big chum are going to be in the Squamish soon enough.

    Or I might buy a bmx bike. Grady is growing up and I gotta keep it real y’all. I gots my street cred to protect.

  5. Yea, like you thought of it. Nothing like claiming a brilliant idea for your own, then playing the ‘my kid’ card so readers consider it genuine.

    Don’t you use 2 hands for a spey rod? How are you going to keep hold of your cappuccino? Isn’t that what you do in the city, hold your special coffee? And what is street cred? Can you get it if you live at the end of a gravel lane? I’ve got kids too, you know, and we live in fear of falling behind the city kids who live in more advanced countries.

  6. Twice the hands, twice the man, twice the fish.

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