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A Great Treasure

Think back on your childhood and what you truly treasured. I am sure one of those treasures was your bicycle. After reading a post today on another site about a girl and her bicycle, it reminded me of how important your bicycle was in my childhood. I could compare it to a car these days as you truly needed the most recent additions to a bicycle.

I never had a new bike as my mother could not afford it. I usually got mine from a garage sale or a flea market. I remember when banana seats became popular and how badly I wanted one. A friend that lived near us got one and I was so jealous. However, she would let me ride occasionally and that made me happy. I begged my mom to please get me one, but she informed me that I did not need one. Oh, could she not see how badly I needed it?

Suddenly, one day another friend of mine asked if I wanted her bicycle as she was getting a new one. I knew her old one had a banana seat, so we asked mom and she said I could have it. I was thrilled. Thinking back on it, the bike had set outside in all kinds of weather and was rusted, had a tire that kept going flat and the seat was taped up due to so much wear. It was a shabby looking thing, but to me it was a treasure! I finally had my banana seat!

The old saying is that one man's trash is another's treasure and that was certainly true in this case.

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CoralLevang wrote on July 6, 2015, 1:30 PM

Ah, yes. The Banana Seat. LOL And the cool handle bars that I can't remember what they were called.

MegL wrote on July 6, 2015, 1:48 PM

I certainly enjoyed my bike but there were no new gadgets for them. I am trying to think what my greatest treasure was and am having a hard time coming up with one.

wolfgirl569 wrote on July 6, 2015, 3:02 PM

I never had one with the banana seat on it. But my kids did

Ruby3881 wrote on July 7, 2015, 3:31 PM

Oh I remember the days of the banana seat! Mine was purple and shot with glitter. I moved up to a 10-speed a few years later, so it didn't ever get too worn. But I do remember seeing lots of other bikes with tape on the seat during those couple of years!