A few months ago, my beloved carbon fiber Trek Y-11 was stolen. I honestly didn't use it much, and in fact I have not done any kind of offroad biking in almost 10 years. I've basically forgotten any skills more advanced than mastering which part of the bike to sit on. But I still loved that Y-11 even as it gathered dust--it was my only bike, for nearly 15 years.
I've been off the mountain forever, but once in a while I used the old Y-11 on a paved bike path with my girlfriend the roadie. With my antique bike and equally ancient helmet, gloves, and shoes, I probably looked like a time traveler. "1997 called and it wants its bike back!" people would yell. "SO'S YOUR FACE!" I yelled back.
But dammit, I loved my Flying Banana! "It's good enough," I'd say in between bounces. "I've got slicks on it. (boing) I am NOT getting a road bike and becoming a bird person!"
If I still had the Flying Banana, I would still stubbornly be bouncing along a bike path on that pogo stick suspension once every 6 months... and probably not doing any other riding.
But, having no bike at all, I reasoned that I had to get something no matter how little I had actually been riding in recent years. With my girlfriend interested in learning to do mountain biking too, the end of this model year and summer seemed like a good time to get a couple of new rides. So, we now have a pair of 2011 Stumpjumper FSR Comp 29ers.
I have to admit that the modern Stumpy is about 1000x the bike the Flying Banana was, but I'll sure miss bouncing around on that eye-catching antique. If you see anyone around Seattle on this ugly old museum piece, please send me a PM--or, just run them over with your car so no one can have it. I'd appreciate it.
Nothing will ever look like the Flying Banana, but at least I got my new Stumpy in the uncommon test team red & black. Now, it's time to get it dirty.
See you on the mountain, or perhaps I'll wave at you from an ambulance leaving the trailhead.
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