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A poem ...(6 posts)

A poem ...Humma Hah
Jun 12, 2003 10:36 AM
Sung to the tune of "My Old Yellow Car", with my apologies to Dan Seals.

My wife has been a Dan Seals fan since he went by "England Dan". Every time she plays "My Old Yellow Car", I keep thinking about how I feel that way about the cruiser, except, of course, the cruiser ain't "somewhere in a pile of rubber and steel."

My Old Silver Schwinn

It cost ninety dollars in seventy-one,
A singlespeed cruiser that glowed in the sun.
I was only eighteen and I needed a ride
That could handle abuse and stay chained up outside.
An American boy on Chicago's best steel,
I had no need for an automobile,
And the best foreign cycles from It'ly and France
Were just rabbits to chase when they gave me the chance.

Somewhere there's a pile of imported rust
Where other folks' rides are all covered with dust.
But this one still runs on desire alone,
My old silver Schwinn still carries me home.

I rode it all summer, far as it would go.
I rode it all winter in cold and in snow.
I broke it and fixed it and chopped down the bars.
I painted it silver to cover the scars.
It flew down the trails and it flew off the jumps,
Downhill on pavement it soaked up the bumps,
On hundred mile epics and trips to the store,
It took what I gave it and begged for some more.


Take a look at me now spending money like mad,
A new leather saddle, the best that its had,
New silver powdercoat, custom details,
Computer and lights, it crushes the scales.
The singlespeed movement is gathering steam.
We're glad to see everyone joining our team.
Now that I can afford whatever I like,
God, I'm glad I'm still riding my old silver bike.
re: A poem ...wspokes
Jun 13, 2003 3:42 AM
Ok, for other vintage fans that are wondering when HH became a poet...Look at the weather on the east coast. This poem is a sure sign the rain is getting to HH. Too much time indoors...get out and ride in the rain Humma Hah!!
Good Poem though! Ride on.
You should'a seen me Wednesday night ...Humma Hah
Jun 13, 2003 5:58 AM
... I was out giving the Paramount its first decent 25-miler when the sky opened up. Thought I would need a periscope to make it home.

Anyone who knows me knows I've been a poet, of the Charles Kuralt school, for about 41 years.
The original lyrics ...Humma Hah
Jun 13, 2003 6:15 AM
HH -- how do you like fixed vs. single speed now? nmDougSloan
Jun 13, 2003 10:13 AM
Still like singlespeed better ...Humma Hah
Jun 13, 2003 10:22 AM
Singlespeed's faster downhill and overall, allows more aggressive cornering, and I'm used to it.

But I can feel the fixie working on my pedaling. I know it's making me better. I've been doing downhill pedaling at steadily increasing speeds ... hit 34 mph earlier this week which should be something like 150 rpm at my present gearing, and that's probably a new record for me.

The Paramount was doing climbs on the parkway about 2mph faster than the cruiser ... that's mostly the weight. Singlespeed it is about 2.5 mph faster overall. Fixed gear its just slightly faster than the cruiser, maybe 1 mph, mostly due to my pedaling slowly into stops trying not to actually fully stop. Singlespeed, I tend to approach stops fast and stop hard to keep the average speed indication as high as possible.