A Bicycle Can Do These Things, but a 747 Jumbo Jet Can't
There Should Not be a Bicycle Lecture but
a bicycle, also called a cycle or bike, is a human-powered, pedal-driven, single-track vehicle, having two wheels attached to a frame, one behind the other. A bicycle rider is called a cyclist, or bicyclist. The prefix "bi" of course means two or twin. Man, I am sure glad now that I graduated from high school.
Bicycles were introduced in the 19th century in Europe and as of 2003, more than 1 billion have been produced worldwide, twice as many as the number of automobiles that have been produced. They are the principal means of transportation in many regions. They also provide a popular form of recreation, and have been adapted for use as children's toys, general fitness, military and police applications, courier services, bicycle racing and bicycle stunts.
Prestigious brand names such as Schwinn, American Bicycle Co., and Chicago Bicycle Co., are selling as if they were marked down to five dollars each. I respect the bicycle and the bicycle rider. To me, the bicycle represents a future lifestyle that will not replace the automobile, but allow it to be more thrifty.
My Personal Memories
of the two bikes that I owned meant the world to me. (A) Mr. Buster Coons, was the salesman at our Western Auto, Hamilton, Al., who sold by first bike and it was an old, scratched used bike.. My dad asked, "Mr. Coons why do you insist on me buying my son that old, used bike?"
"Simple," Coons replied chewing on his cigar. "when he falls, and he will, it won't hurt the bike as much as it were a new one." What a salesman. Later on, my dad and I went back to the Western Auto and I bought my first new bicycle by the same salesman. Memories like these are irreplaceable.
Here are a few things "we" bicyclists did as young people were deemed creative to make our bikes stand out from the crowd. Who remembers taking soda pop bottle caps and sticking them between the spokes? How about taking a wooden clothespin and securing a baseball card (or two) so the spokes would make a snapping sound as if we were riding a Harley? One more: some guys and girls had raccoon tails that they installed in the handlebars--making their bikes to look and ride cooler all thanks to some humble raccoon who gave its life for those tails.
My title today is hopefully a piece that will make you think. A Bicycle Can do These Things, But not True of a 747 Jumbo jet.
Below is a Small Sample of The Things That Your Bike is Able to do Over a 747 Jumbo Jet even now at your Present age . . .
Ride holding a cuddly teddy bear.
Chewing regular gum or blowing bubbles with bubble gum.
Singing popular songs.
Singing one's own original songs.
Waving at onlookers as you speed by them.
Whispering sweet things to your girlfriend (but only if she is riding in front).
Riding with both wheels in the air (please be careful with this one).
Doing various bird calls to the delight of your friends who are watching you ride.
Tossing an apple or maybe an orange to your friends who are now amazed by your talents.
Allowing your pet dog, "Ralph," ride in front of you.
Not allowing "Ralph" to take turns riding your bike--due to "Ralph" embarrassing you for being such an expert bicycle rider.
Whistling at a pretty girl walking down a sidewalk.
Whistling at her pretty mom for you would swear that they are sisters.
Jumping over a homemade ramp made from a wooden crate the sporting goods store threw into a dumpster. You do this often because you idolized Evel Knievel.
Standing up on your pedals to show how brave you are.
Slow riding as a few of your buddies talk to you. Yes, you are so multi-talented this is not difficult for you.
"Popping a wheelie," to impress the girls who might be watching you.
Drinking a soda while steering with the other hand.
Tossing the empty soda can into a dumpster.
Causing your bike to "leave rubber" with your back wheel when you stomp on the brake.
Sliding into a parking slot near your school building. You just couldn't ride up to the parking spaces and park your bike could you?
Looking at yourself in the twin mirrors on your handlebars that your dad gave in and bought them for you.
(This is very tricky) Leaning against your bicycle to look cool when pretty girls (in your class) leave for home. (Make sure that your bike is resting against a wall or else you will fall down on your butt).
(This is also very tricky) Laying on your stomach and holding out your arms like a bird's wings as the bike flies down the parking lot. You are considered a bicycle expert at such tricks as these.
Allowing a buddy to ride on the handlebars because he is of small stature.
Leading a city or school parade as you act as the Grand Marshal.
Proving how trusting you are by riding with your eyes closed. The girls swoon as you go by.
Just when you thought you had mastered all of the bicycle trick moves, you stand (with both feet) on your left pedal while one arm is steering and the other arm is waving at people. Some in this crowd ask why you aren't in show business.
A buddy poses a challenge for you by placing garbage pails placed in a row and you are challenged to ride your bicycle in and out of the pails, but this is child's play because . . .
"Where there's a wheel, there's a way."
© 2017 Kenneth Avery