A few months ago, I wrote a post about a gentleman named Hugh in Michigan who was fixing up an old Schwinn Traveler to sell. In the post, I picked on Hugh a bit for his brake lever positioning and cable routing—all in good fun of course. Then, a few weeks later I received an Owner Submitted from another gentleman named Hugh. I could tell from the pictures he sent that this was likely the same Hugh as a few weeks before, and I assumed he must have stumbled upon the OTSG while looking for other OTS to fix up or something. An email to him confirmed my suspicions. And since then, Hugh has been a friend of the gallery and several of his OTS now adorn these hallowed halls. As if this wasn’t small-worldly enough, Monday I received this(is it pink or is it purple) Schinn Le Tour from a young woman in Detroit named Kelli. Kelli apparently purchased this very bike from our old friend Hugh last year and just happened to come across the OTSG while surfing. Wow, is it getting small-worldly in here or is it just me.
I bought this Le Tour last year — from this guy:
And yes, it was in great shape. I ventured into the world of road bikes because of a triathlon I did last summer — it was pretty great to ride this oldie but goodie amongst all the fancy tri bikes!
This year, I replaced the saddle with almost exactly the same one it came with, just one that was in better condition and replaced the grip tape…she is lookin’ sharp!
From a second email:
Also, I spotted the female version of my bike chained to a light pole here in Detroit — no camera. I wonder if Hugh sold that one too?
Last story, I swear…I actually own a bike shop, just opened it here about a month ago. I was at a friend’s last week with the Le Tour and my daily rider — a Bianchi Avenue — and some dude goes, “Don’t you own a bike shop? Aren’t you supposed to have like all the bells and whistles?” I laughed.
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