Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Carl at a local Schwinn shop used to repair my bike for me. I was pretty young and hadn't yet figured out how to adjust derailleurs and true wheels. I remember Carl for two reasons: he took ages to repair a bike, and every day he wore those polyester shorts with double buttons and the word 'bike' printed across the leg. You know the kind, just think back to your football coaches or male gym teachers. I was just a kid, and even I knew how ridiculous people looked in those shorts. I still can't figure out how people can wear them around, unless it's like a mustache worn for ironic reasons. I heard that Carl left the bike shop to become a chiropractor, but it's impossible for me to imagine him having any success in the chiropractic field unless he started trying some new short styles when he left he bike shop.