I was leaving Walmart yesterday at the same time as a young family who had just bought their young daughter her first bike. She was about 4 years old and sitting atop a gorgeous new bike, complete with handlebar tassels and training wheels.

I can still remember getting a 10 speed as a Christmas gift in 1975. Since I knew what every single 10 speed in Great Falls cost, I was pretty amazed that my folks would spend 99 dollars on me.

Even though there was snow on the ground that year for Christmas, I took her for a spin anyway.

I have such great memories of that bike and all of the places it took me in my teen years.

So young lady, whoever you are, I hope you enjoy your new bike.


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