The Gift of Giving

While every Xmas has its own qualities; the many memories of each one that you replay over in your head as you’re finally going to sleep very late on December 25th, there is always the one memory that stands taller than all others. Whether it’s that great cruise, or getting the tech toy you’ve always wanted, there’s going to be one,  probably the only memory you’ll have years later. Like a stick thrown into a salt mine and taking it out weeks later, the memory becomes crystalized and gets better as time goes by.

This year, despite getting lots of cool things; the best gift was the Pinarello I found for my dad. If Colnago is the Ferrari of racing bicycles, Pinarello is the Lamborghini; just as fast, flashy and sophisticated, but not as angelic. It’s like wearing an Armani suit with a toxic green mohawk.

The bike came to me in tatters, the whole thing had a layer of 25-year-old dust on it, the chrome was rusty, the bar tape was disintegrated and the tires were leprous. After about 10 hours of work, and several carcinogenic products later, the bike looked brand new. Many thanks to Marty and Nate over at Marty’s Cycle Center for tolerating my single-mindedness while restoring the Pinarello.

www.MartysCycle.com

Anyways, I’ll leave you with these pictures, and I hope you all had as good a holiday as I did.

 

Xmas Day 2009

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~ by Mitcholo on December 27, 2009.

2 Responses to “The Gift of Giving”

  1. Best of luck on your journey in the New Year. I’ll be following this blog and linking it off my own.

  2. Thanks a lot Nicholas, I wish you luck on your goals too!

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