His name is Peter the Kid, my token American friend. His other nickname is Peter the Gimp. Although there is seemingly nothing gimpy about him, his bike is like a tractor trailer which keeps him from cruising along at supersonic speed when we ride together. This has proven to be a good thing these past couple of weeks since rest and recovery has been my number one priority. Every ride at piano (super mega slow - langzaam, lent, αργός (for my greek relatives)) pace.
But even with this lug of a bike (no pun intended), he is still able to ditch me at times. On our last ride, he just about gave me a heart attack. As i was riding up a long (for belgium standards) gradual hill - solo, because Peter took off ahead, I turned behind to check out the traffic situation. Instead of autos, i spot some helmetless yahoo chasing me down.
You can always tell the difference between those chasing you down versus those who are just riding at a clip (apace, snel, rapide, γρήγορα.) This guy was clearly intent on catching me. Sh_ _!! Just as I'm thinking, "WHERE ARE YOU PETER???" in hopes that he would act as a decoy so that i wouldn't have to engage in conversation on a day when i'm feeling particularly unsocial, the guy pulls up alongside me. As i muster all energy to turn to this guy and say hello, i hear a snicker - It's Peter! That fucker!!! Oops, i mean That f_ _ _ er!!!
Here are detailed shots of his antique bike more fit for a museum. I love that the bike is older than he!!
ABOUT THE BIKE
The bike supposedly dates back to early 1980's.
The rear deraileur is the first rendition of the shimano 600 (ultegra) group. According to my source, the same applies to the Dura-Ace cranks. And the brakes are apparently the first made by Campagnolo.
The handlebars are wrapped in its original leather sewn onto the bar.
I'm sure there are people out there who can tell me more about the bike and/or correct my information!