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boys and bikes (Matt, Tim & Mason)

So, you are a college student with not-so-much money, but you want a bicycle.  And one day, at the local thrift store, you spot a nearly-mint condition bike for $10 … ok, actually $9.99.  It is pink, a step-through frame, and there is no denying it is a girl’s bike.  And you are a full-fledged-secure-in-your-maleness kind of guy.

Immediately you know: this is your bike.

downtown - Matt and his pink Schwinn Caliente

A little bit about Matt … He has been a friend of all of the boys for a number of years, and has become like a member of our family.  Spending time here, especially this summer, I like to think that our family’s love of bicycles and cycling has rubbed off a little.  He’s a brilliant student, studying higher mathematics at Georgia Tech.  He’s also an amazing cook (we joke that he should minor in culinary arts), a talented musician, and one of the kindest and most considerate young men we have ever known.  He’s incredibly enterprising, conscientious and hard-working, and is definitely a free thinker.

He said that the unconventional, and maybe “slightly bizarre” look of a guy riding a pink vintage-ish girls’ bike was an appropriate reflection of his resourcefulness and even his personality – for $10, how could he possibly complain?   Honestly, it’s a beautiful bike – obviously garage-kept and rarely ridden.   It’s perfect.   And somehow, it is Matt.

This weekend, Matt headed back to college.  This semester, with a better (and pinker) way to get around campus and Atlanta.  It makes me smile.  Ride on, Matt – see you soon!

at the bike shop with friends