Saturday, May 22, 2010

Phil's RB-T


A couple weeks ago, I got this email from a guy named Phil:


Hello John,

You don't know me John. I live in Spokane Valley, and I follow your cycling escapades on "Cycling Spokane". I can tell you like Bridgestone bikes. I'm looking for a loving home for a nice RB-T. :-)

I used to be a serious cyclist, but now I have a bit of a heart problem. The medication I take doesn't allow much vigorous exercise.

Long-distance, loaded touring was one of the things I used to enjoy the most. Especially in British Columbia and places north, where it's not much fun if you can't ride at least 6 hours a day.

My RB-T has sturdy front and rear racks and fenders. There only about 20,000 careful miles on it, and it's never been over 40 MPH. ;-) I think it's about a 1990 model.

My wife wants me to get it out of the garage. ;-) And I know I'm not going to tour again. So, if you're interested in a free RB-T (rhymes doesn't it), send a reply, or give me a call.



I sent a reply. And went and met Phil and picked up the bike. He toured all over the place: Alaska, BC, Washington. Tons of miles. Cool guy.

Now I'm a happy owner of a 56 cm 1994 RB-T. My favorite production bike of all time and in my size. With a BG front rack. Crazy.

I'm taking a two-day dirt overnighter in about a month, and I'll be taking this bike.

Thanks Phil.

13 comments:

Jacque Hendrix said...

WHOA! SCORE! I'm not an envious type of guy buuut....

glen c. said...

John, this is what the good life pays off with. I bet this one doesn't even have any cracks in it yet.

Travis Nichols said...

Phil - I think you may be John's first official "sponsor". Congratulations on reaching sponsored rider status John!

Tarik Saleh said...

No! You will hurt it! Bad john. Give it to a skinny person.

Pondero said...

I'm still waiting for my email that says someone wants to give me a cool bike. Maybe tomorrow...

Elissa said...

You got another bike...Well that would explain Liza's facial expressions.

Pax said...

Liza = non-plussed?
crazy good karma -but well & truly earned. congrats!

Pax said...

oh and Phil? Nice job finding about the most appreciative home for your cycle. Very classy. Having just just helped my MIL thru 9 mos of heart issues, you have my full sympathies.

Anonymous said...

Another well-earned tribute to our bike czar.

Maybe somebody can donate a bigger garage?

Rachel said...

Whoa! How awesome is that?!

Geoff said...

Way Cool John - not sure Liza is as thrilled as you... Not sure, but that seems a little mainstream and modern for your tastes with aero brake levers and all. Can't wait to see it in person.

Pat S said...

Phil rules. (Stating the obvious.)

Nancy Y said...

well, you know it made my Dad happy that it went to a good home and will be touring again soon. And it made my Mom happy that the garage is a little emptier ;-)