Micky Dee, His Bike, Don Quixote, and Points of Light

Points Of Light

“Even though you’ve painted it I can tell that ride.”

I heard from a cyclist as he pulled alongside.


“You’re still riding that same old frame.

That’s the frame you built that has no name.”


I said, “That’s not true, oh quite contraire,

This is a great frame that is quite rare.


It wears no name as we all can see.

But this great frame was made by me.


I chose the investment cast bottom bracket, lugs, dropouts,

I chose all the right choices so there would be no doubts.


It’s all Columbus SL tubing, the best in its day.

Each tube from the seat lug is a double tapered stay.


I mitered each tube and brazed every joint.

I filed all the lugs and tapered each point.


I cut my initial into the bottom bracket with pride.

I constructed every part to insure a great ride.


Before I even started I made very sure,

That this bicycle would start out very pure.


I showed no haste in making it right.

I carved into each lug a point of light.


Two stars in the top lugs can be seen very clearly.

In the bottom lug I carved a cross I hold dearly.


These tubes are all double butted and seamless.

And though I seem to ride alone I am not team-less.


The paint on this frame doesn’t give it much flash,

Someday I may crash, this bike and body may trash.


Yes, this frame is very old, just like me.

Perhaps I’m just another Don Quixote.


But this steed and I will always rise to fight,

The very good fight for points of light."

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Sage Williams 6 years ago

Nice poem and awesome frame. Looks light, nice paint job. Good for you. Beats my Bianchi.

Sage


ralwus 6 years ago

I like this my friend, just beware of those windmills. LOL You are a gifted individual Micky. Beautiful frame and I hope it lasts for many good years. You are a fine poet too.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

I have a very soft spot in my heart for Bianchi.I sold thousands of them when I was a bicycle shop owner. Bianchi is well over a hundred years old. But- I neever heard Phil Liggett say "Bianchi" correctly. Thanks Sage.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thanks Ralwus. I almost put a picture of you on my "Clothes Make The Man" hub. You're always dressed so appropriately. Thank you sir.


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Drwibble 6 years ago from UK

You can't beat something crafted from your very own hands.

My bike is just a conventional off the shelve bike, a dawes horizon.

However, it has picked up a few knocks and grazes in the paint work from my various bike rides and tours which now make it unique to me.

A small paint chip from locking the bike in bruges, a graze on the left pedal for taking a corner too fast with some black ice.


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hotspur 6 years ago from England

Micky Dee, always good to read about things people really connect with. Like the picture of the wheel-less, saddle-less frame - some poetry in the angles and symmetry there.


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Storytellersrus 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

I like the way you integrated theology with biking. It makes for a very interesting image!


Annie4 6 years ago

Nicely done, Don Quixote! I like your poem...it tells a lot about you and your love of cycling. I also like that your bike has no name...another great trait about you.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

I remember those Dawes. Most were hand-made. Originally they used their feet but the workmanship wasn't that good- barumpump. A little bike "dealer" humor there. I do remember the Dawes. Great bikes. Yours has character! Thanks Drwibble!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Hi Micky, good job, gotta love a Bianchi, salute to a good poet, and you have the gift at the same time to value things as well, Take care always, Maita


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you Hotspur- you know it Dude!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thanks Storytellersrus. You know- it's all a true story except for the actual dialogue at the time. We were all on in a race with a hundred or so people in the pack. My bike's critic would be dropped soon enough, but it's all true.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thanks Annie4. Your words are very nice. My friends call me Mr. Quixote.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you always for your great support, Maita.


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you for an awesome poem MD. Godspeed. creativeone59


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hi Creativeone. I hope your PC is back up and you're all set to turn out hubs even faster! Thanks


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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

Hi Micky both the bike and the poem are well crafted. Hand built bikes are very expensive in the UK ... it is easy to see why the work involved and the precision required. My daughter has a Pashley because she wanted something that was suitable for cycling to work with. Thanks Micky.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you 2uesday for stopping and talking bikes. Bikes can be so good for us. Tell your daughter, "happy trails".


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blaise25 6 years ago from close to you...

hey, mighty Micky that's a very nice frame! :) lovely poem, really expressed how you treasure an important part of you..


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itakins 6 years ago from Irl

Nice one Mr Quixote:)


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you Blaise. I guess my treasures are what I've done. Thank you.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you for stopping by Itakins.


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I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s 6 years ago

Reallly enjoyed the poem, Micky! It is a beautiful frame, too. I'm not much into biking, yet your poem says a lot without the knowledge to me. Thanks.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s. It's special when comments are received from folks who are not into or up on the subject. I'm glad for all who read between the lines. Thanks


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manlypoetryman 6 years ago from (Texas !) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before...

I am beginning to see that you are really in to cycling...not sure whatever gave me that idea though?

Where do you stash the lance on that thing...BTW...Don Quixote? Even though I don't cycle much...your Poem had me peddaling a cycle right along with you on this poem journey.

Great Cyclist Poem, MD!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Oh Manlypoetryman- compliments from a bard like you can inflate my punkin-head. I have many pictures of Lance because originally I thought "maybe it can't happen again, again, and again...". Now- he is the perfect example of the Tour de France racer. I don't get "real" current TV. I didn't then when he won. I've since gotten the video for every Tour de France he was in and I've studied. Everyone, it seems, has studied him. I'm almost afraid that doing a hub on this great cyclist is "too" redundant. Maybe sometime I'll do a hub.Thanks MPM for pedaling along!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Oh Manlypoetryman- compliments from a bard like you can inflate my punkin-head. I have many pictures of Lance because originally I thought "maybe it can't happen again, again, and again...". Now- he is the perfect example of the Tour de France racer. I don't get "real" current TV. I didn't then when he won. I've since gotten the video for every Tour de France he was in and I've studied. Everyone, it seems, has studied him. I'm almost afraid that doing a hub on this great cyclist is "too" redundant. Maybe sometime I'll do a hub.Thanks MPM for pedaling along!


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donna bamford 6 years ago from Canada

A poem about a bicycle! Why not! And a good one!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you Donna. I appreciate your stopping by. Thanks for the comment.


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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

OK ! I've read peoples' poems about their cats, dogs, their children ..but......never....... such loving words about a bicycle. ! You are amazing. Great stuff. Thanks.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thanks Dim Flaxenwick. I think my bicycle loves me too. Thank you!


Brynda 6 years ago

great job on making the bike as well as the poem! You're multi-talented and I'm glad. I appreciate them all!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you Brynda. I've been lucky a bit.


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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

such care and love of a bicycle! Beautiful! only a true poet could pull something such as this of so beautifully!

~aloha~


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Oh Sa'ge you make me smile! Thank you!


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Beauty of a frame and the color is wonderful. Lovely shade of blue and your poem to is sublime and rhymes with the time. Now pace your race and stay atop on your saddle real tight as you turn those corners on this well balanced fine tuned alloyed frame. All the best Micky, keep on cruising and a tuning in with your creative genius. peace bro.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

You crack me up Brother Saddlerider! Thank you bud. Let's keep that rubber side down!


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Deborah Brooks 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wow great rhymes.. love your poem... awesome and interesting... thank you for sharing.

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