Robert Talley’s Photo Contest Entry

Robert Talley

While shopping one day, I almost tripped over a sign that had fallen into the isle. I bent down reading the words, “All roads lead to Freedom”. Tired of the daily grind and the ride to my Dilbert cubicle, the monotony of it all was getting to me. I felt trapped and decided to change, to get back to the things that I enjoyed the most and one of them was riding a bike. I found a 1983 Trek 720 touring frame and decided to build it up as period correct as possible. I then started commuting to work and soon found myself immersed into the sounds of nature that begin each day to the point I purposely slow my ride down to take this all in. Somewhere along the ride I’ll realize just how blessed I am but that’s something any great bike ride evokes in all of us.

Robert Talley

[Entry #251]

8 Responses to “Robert Talley’s Photo Contest Entry”

  • bongobike says:

    Nice! How did you get a hold of those pristine old-timey panniers and handlebar bag?!??

  • Rob Talley says:

    Check on Ebay and search for Cannodale panniers or Cannondale bag. They date from the 1980’s and do show up from time to time.

  • Adam says:

    Stunning bike…well done!

  • brian says:

    What a wonderful story and what a beautiful bike … i love it. :)

  • Mike D. says:

    Bravo. I have a similar story, just not the amazing ride! Way to control your life experience.

  • Matt S. says:

    That bike was done perfectly! It is a beautiful machine and absolutely period correct. I am amazed at how good those panniers look.

  • Rob Talley says:

    The panniers and bag were a great find! I bought them used with all the hardware, instructions still attached. Everything was wrapped in the original plastic bags. Yes, they looked new and that’s why they look so great in the picture. Oh, for what it’s worth, I did walk out of TJ Maxx with that sign and it hangs next to the bike rack. I read it everytime I grab my bike…

  • Marshall says:

    I remember when Cannondale also made backpacks and tents. I still have one of their backpacks..

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