"If I don't believe in solipsism, who will?" - Al Batt

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Manifest Destiny

This is Taylor Zimmerman and his bike, Manifest Destiny, an old GT he repainted yesterday. It has a nice mix of functional components. It "shifted for shit", so I gave him a virtually new Shimano freewheel and an XTR rear dérailleur. He also replaced the chain and although he grumbles a little about the old Suntour shifters, he admitted it "shifts like butter". Within a few days he is going to catch a train to the Left Coast and embark on a ride across America. For those who think this is fool hearty, I would point out that Taylor has biked a number of long distant (500+ miles) rides on lessor machines. Last year he hiked north up the length of the Pacific Crest Trail, found a bike in a dumpster and rode down the length of the West Coast.  If his money holds out after he's done with the cross country, he's going to walk the Great Divide trail before fall. Taylor only works when he has to. He has an engineering degree, so when he runs dry he does a little contract work or teaches skiing. While the Destiny may not be a classic trekking bike, if anyone reading this thinks they can out ride him, my money will be on Taylor. (This means you, Barin.) He has the perfect body and the mental focus to make him a really tough rider. There are some rumblings about riding the Great Divide Race next year. He'll be walking it to familiarize himself with the lay of the land. If he does ride it, I'll see that he gets a little help with a proper bicycle rather than riding a dumpster find.


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Anonymous said...

great story!

Allan Pollock

PS: as an aside...are you sure that's a Giant and not a GT?

Margadant said...

Do I see the genesis of Team Saxo Oakwood here? Will Gunnar in a chasing Kia, with water-bottles, spare wheels, and time-splits debut this summer?

Sounds like good talent; I'd consider buying space on his jersey.

Echelon 133 said...

Hey Barin if you are there doesn't this kid remind you of us in Albuquerque, circa mid 1970's. I once had hair that long.


Mimbres Man said...

Very cool! I was just like that 25 years ago! ;-)