The following is an excerpt from a wonderful Wichita Falls Times Record News piece about Fred Mathes, 92, and his Schwinn Traveler, 56:
Diana Marcum/McClatchey Newspapers
Monday, June 9, 2008
MADERA RANCHOS, Calif. —Fred Mathes rides his bike to the post office (which in this neighborhood is inside the local video store), to the local diner, and out through the open fields.
“Did you hear about the centipede who fell in a ditch?” he asked. “He couldn’t get up. He was too exhausted trying to figure out what foot to put first. Same thing with a bike. Who needs 18 gears?”
In 2002, Mathes sent a photo of his bicycle to the Schwinn company.
“I told them, here’s a picture of my bike. It’s 50 years old and has maybe 35,000 miles on it. You can use it in your advertising no charge.
“They sent me back a pair of socks.”
In my estimation, Fred just about has it all figured out. I highly recommend reading the full story.
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[via The Velvet Foghorn]