Monday Meanders - Labor Day, 2011 9-5

I was pretty darn proud of myself - I'd lost a solid 20 pounds from my 'high' and gotten back into 40" waist jeans. I was feeling pretty darn good about it, as I said - until, that is, I saw the pictures that you'll see, below.

When I was a skinny little kid on Kedvale Avenue in the late 40's and early 50's, my knickname was 'Fatboy'. It is a fat piece of irony that now is when the knickname fits. Of course, the reason I even HAVE the bikes pictured below is to afford myself a relaxing and fun form of exercise, so as to work that gut, so very visible in these photos, down to more reasonable dimensions. We can only hope.

Here is my project bike - the Sears Spaceliner my friend Bones gave me - just after I put the big comfy saddle and new tubes and tires on it. His name is now "Captain Comfy" and he's very easy, now, to ride. I adjusted the front bearings (and lubricated them) so the wheel would turn freely, and made the same adjustment to the coaster brake hub.

And this is me, astride Captain Comfy.

And this is my Huffy 'Santa Fe' Cantilever - I believe the current model of this bike is called the 'Cranbrook' - which now sports a Schwinn 'No Nose' saddle and a new tire on the rear. The rear hub needed adjustment - it was binding and not freewheeling - and the whole bike was in general need of lubrication. That done, I tied the Harley-Davidson tool bag to the handlebar for a touch of class.

His name is Roscoe.

And this is me, astride Roscoe.

Happy Labor Day.



Grandmother said...

And to you, Lou. Keep riding. Nice bike.
w.v. is: imaslim- no kidding! Does it get linked to topic? Good mantra!

Tara R. said...

I'm pretty darn proud of you too. Keep up the good work.

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

Good Lord, you're not fat.

That is a COOL bike, too.

Big Mark 243 said...

Cool bikes... it must be good to be handy like that. All the adjustments you made may well have been written in sanskrit for as much sense as the description made to me!!

Your aren't looking bad at all... anywho, enjoy your bikes..!

Have Myelin? said...

Fat? You? You seem average to me unless you're aiming to be the male version of Twiggy.

The bike is so very cool! I love the classic bikes. The "new" bikes look goofy. LOL.

Jientje said...

You're looking great! Keep up the good work!

PattiKen said...

Love the pictures! You have every right to be proud. And I'm beyond proud. 20 pounds is awesome. Keep riding those cool bikes and soon enough even you will like the pictures.

Holly said...

I love that you name your bikes! It is a good form of exercise.

I soooo wish I could have caught up with you when I was in town for a family wedding. :( Family kept me busy. Funny how family does that. ;) The kicker is my nephew never even showed up for the wedding. Oh, the family drama....

Bama Cheryl said...

Congrats on the weight loss. We're on the weight loss train here too. Seeing the no nose saddle helps. Looks really comfy! Keep riding!

Emily/Randomability said...

Have fun bike riding!!