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On December 13 a vile person stole our Instagram friend Onthebackfoot's 2013 Ridley Excalibur bike. Onthebackfoot brings joy to many by posting all things vintage. Let's help him replace his stolen bike. it's what cyclists do to help a fellow cyclist.

I'm Jan an Instagram friend of Onthebackfoot. 

On December 13th Onthebackfoot's Ridley Excalibur was stolen in Austin Texas - his only bike.

Onthebackfoot is passionate about sharing his love of cycling by posting photo's on Instagram from the 70's, 80's and 90's and writing a few poetic descriptions along the way.  He preserves memories of the heroic efforts from times long gone that brings joy to many. I share his passion of cycling and the times when we were young and romantic.

As a fellow cyclist from the vintage era I would like to help Onthebackfoot get back on the road by raising funds to replace his stolen bike.

In the "old" days, when cycling was the passionate domain of a few diehards we never thought twice about stopping when you saw a fellow cyclist on the side of the road struggling with a sewup or spontaneously ride together even if you never met the person. We knew that we had something in common, a bond, a shared passion that was cycling.  We'd chat about each other's bikes and components - and yes we'd snicker about Shimano index shifting. We'd talk about the latest issue of Mirroire de Cyclisme or Velonews, the coolest bikes shops selling Italian frames or the latest exploits of 7-Eleven, Greg Lemond, Hampsten, Longo or Nelson Vails. More often than not it lead to good friendships and joyous moments. It is Onthebackfoot who elicits some the memories that time has passed us by.  Cycling is not all about numbers, or power rather, cycling is about passion, socializing, sharing and pushing one's own limits while dreaming of racing with Eddy Merckx, Gimondi, and Meartens on the cols and cobbles. So when a fellow cyclist suffers a misfortune - we as comrades always step up and figuratively give them a push up the hill. It is what cyclists do.

In that spirit we should help Onthebackfoot, a fellow cyclist whom I never met but admire from afar to get back on the road because it is what we used to do. If you can contribute to the cause it will bring joy to someone who brings a smile to everyone.

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