Thursday, September 30

pre 1916 Cannonball finish line party

I was stoked to be able to watch the culmination of this historic race, having two friends who had just completed the journey. We rode down PCH from Camarillo to Santa Monica just in time to catch the first rider cross the finish line with the rest not far behind. It was impressive to see all of the bikes together in one place, but when you remember that they have all just made the trek across America.... most with only one speed, no front brakes, and some without any clutch, that is mind blowing. My favorite bike was the little JAP single, it was built in 1907, and had a German girl riding. It had no clutch and only one speed and no suspension, and everytime she had to stop, she had to kill the engine, and then bumpstart it again to get going. INSANE....

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