A Bike Story

A while back noted CCM bicycle collector Ken Martin received a bike from an acquaintance of his by the name of Dan. According to Ken this is how it happened:

Dan, an incurable collector of all things with wheels, was out riding his bike when he came upon a van with an open trailer full of scrap metal about to pull out on the road from his driveway heading for the landfill.  He stopped the vehicle and asked if he could have the severely rusting bike that was on top. "Sure take it" the driver said. Dan went back and got his pickup truck and took it home.  This bike had already met its end, now a more permanent one was just minutes away, only fate had other plans. Here is a picture of that very bike.

This was that rusting heap CCM Motorbike snatched from the jaws of fate now three weeks later reborn and ready for its second life and somehow fitting that it was reclothed in red, symbolic of its warrior past and its determination to live!
I now own this bike.

When Dan restored this bike, he refused to remove the headbadge, instead taped over it and painted around it.  I asked him why he did this and he seemed shocked I would even ask.  "This is the bike's identity, to remove it is a sign of disrespect," said Dan.

Ummmm........OK.  He is eccentric, but in a good way.

Ken Martin

Have a bike (or bikes) with a story to tell send it along and we'll share it with everyone - john.mckenty@sympatico.ca