Yup, I know – it doesn’t look like much, and I almost left it where I found it – awaiting a metal crusher so that it could be turned into rebar at the Stelco plant in Regina (or wherever they send the mass of metal that is gathered up from the many municipal transfer sites in the province. But if you know me, you will know that I just could not leave that bicycle there for such an ignominious end. I brought it home, and only after starting to clean it up, a realization about the bike came to me. It is a reminder of two now-defunct icons of retail in Canada. The emblem on the front fork displays the name T. Eaton Company, founded in 1869 by Timothy Eaton, closed to bankruptcy in 1999. And, partially hidden behind the chain guard ring, another well-known trade name – CCM. The Canada Cycle and Motor Company Limited was founded in 1899 and went bankrupt in 1983. Fortunately, the original CCM built quality bicycles, and after some elbow grease and attention to detail, this Stallion will be ridden again.
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