That white English dude who got famous playing black American blues--Eric Clapton--was an enthusiastic cyclist as a lad. That's apparently a photo of his Cinelli Special Corsa over there on your left.
Like a charming, furtive groupie, "ex framebuilder" Dave Moulton has crawled Clapton's personal blog and discovered a few crumbs of edification like that, and others.
Eric Clapton, in his youth, rode a bike as well as played guitar; he even raced a little and rode a few time-trials.
The guitar became his number one passion and won out over the bicycle, but the bicycle keeps popping up now and then throughout his life and career. In his early days with Cream he made an album called Disraeli Gears.
The story goes that one day in the recording studio Eric was telling the other band members about his bike racing and his road bike. One of them asked, “Did it have those Disraeli gears?”
This was quite funny because what he really meant was derailleur gears. Benjamin Disraeli was a British prime minister in the 1800s during Queen Victoria’s reign. This is how, the now famous album, got its name.
Perhaps its the fact that Moulton is himself loudly and proudly retired that leads to his odd assertion that Clapton is a "former" cyclist. Aside from personal evidence to the contrary, why must bikes and guitars be mutually exclusive? I should think anyone who is still sound in mind, body, and inner ear should be able to climb aboard any average two-wheeler and pick up where he left off. Hence the old saying. Like riding a bike.
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