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September 10, 2003 John T. Chiarella

RaleighTwenty Formation

Dix Hills, New York

"Hot Rod Twenty"

(To the tune of Hot Rod Lincoln) (right click then select OPEN IN A NEW WINDOW)

(with apologies to Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen)

The wife said
"John, you're buggin' me plenty,
Out in the shed with that Raleigh Twenty"

Have you heard the story of the big bike race
When the high-end folders were settin' the pace?
The story is true, I'm here to say
I was ridin that folder I bought on eBay!

'Got an SA hub and it's all souped up
'Lil clear coat made her look like a pup
She's got three big gears, uses 'em all
Heron chainring makes her haul!

She sports two-inch, red-striped, balloon tires
Where they meet the ground they spit out fire!
Low and wide, this bike's got plenty.
Nothing can catch my Raleigh Twenty!

Headed up the Greenway late one night
The Empire State was on my right
Tearing up the Hudson, what a thrill
Passing bikes like they were standing still....

All of a sudden, in the blink of an eye,
Some damned Bike Friday passed us by
I said, "Girl, now that's a mark for me!"
By then the tail light was all you could see....

Other riders were ribbin' me for bein' behind
So I thought I'd let my Twenty unwind
He was makin twenty-two I reckon'd
'flicked the trigger, let in "second"...

Well, the cadence counter read "a hundred and ten"
On a Twenty that means you're near top end.
'Feet were moving like the wings on a bird
It was time, 'clicked into third.

Passed him with the fenders shakin'
"Come on girl now earn your bacon!"
Smoked his cadence, beat his pace
Twenty's don't need Dura-Ace!

Caught him! Passed him! "See you later"
Disengaged my generator.
That bike of yours had best have plenty
if you wanna pass my Raleigh Twenty!

2003 John T. Chiarella. all rights reserved
Too many TWENTY's!

Don't miss Sheldon Brown's Raleigh TWENTY pages! They are located at:

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