I fell in love with cycling back when I received my first “big boy” bike around age 9 or so. I had competed in a YMCA swimming contest, and the prize for the top fundraiser was a brand-new bike! Of course, this was the quintessential 80s bike with riser handlebars and a cool banana seat.
However, I talked my Dad into taking me back to the store it came from, and we came out with a brand new 10 speed just like I had seen on TV!
Probably not the best choice considering we lived far away from the city with nothing but gravel and dirt roads, but you might say I was one of the earliest gravel cyclists!