Johan Schade

Coronation rd., Maitland, Cape Town, South Africa

2010 / 01 / 12 18:12

'I just came form Belville now. I’m on my way home to Milnerton. I’ve been riding bikes since I was 4 - BMX’s and stuff. It’s only been recently that I’ve been riding longer distances. I ride to work about 3 times a week, depending on the weather. Other times I take the motorbike or car, doesn’t matter. I bike was a hand-me-down from 3 families -  inherited and passed on and fixed up - a real kanniedood. I just fixed it up and rode. I had an expensive bike as well but that I wrote off. That’s what happens if you try and do BMX tricks on a mountain bike. I now keep to strong bikes. From when I was little I was a 2 wheel freak - so I’m staying on 2 wheels. This bike is a bit customized, it’s been coming along for 13 or 14 years already. It’s been through off-road riding, it’s been ramped - my friend even towed me with a motorbike. I held his hand he pulled me down the N1 highway. The fastest he said we were going was 140km/h - then my front bearing seized up and the wheel locked. I went over the bars. When I was younger I rode BMX and stuff. I’ve broken everything - legs, arms, even hurt my back. Been to the ICU. Been all over.

Stan Engelbrecht

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