My Sweet 16 Birthday Gift to Me
Tom Newman – Huntsville, AL
My first “real” bike was a Schwinn 10 speed I bought for myself, as a sixteenth birthday present to myself (couldn’t afford a car!). I can’t remember the model but this was in 1972 and it was heavy – a steel frame, no doubt – but very rugged and reliable. I rode it for many years, commuting to and from work and wherever else I needed to go. I was stolen in 2004 – a sad day. But I put many miles on it and it has led to more cycling.