Thursday, March 19, 2009

Obituary for my mountain bike

(The family respectfully request that you click on the video above so you can listen to the music while you read about our dearly departed friend.)

Specialized Rock Hopper, born December 1995, died March 2009 in Humboldt County, Calif. It was 13 years of age.

An aluminum mountain bike, Rock Hopper passed away peacefully after suffering a fatal frame crack which rendered its bottom bracket useless.

Rock Hopper was a friend to all and will be missed.

Mountain bike

Rock Hopper spent its early years cruising the Hammond Trail, with occasional excursions into the hills east of McKinleyville.

In the summer of 2006, Rock Hopper was converted to an electric-powered bike and, for a short time, had its own blog – Jack’s Electric Bicycle.

Mill Creek Falls w. bike

By early 2007, Rock Hopper was converted back to a regular mountain bike and became an almost daily commuter. With its fat, knobby tires, Rock Hopper went off the beaten path and explored many of McKinleyville’s nooks and crannies.


In the last six months of its life, Rock Hopper spent quality time communing with nature on the trails of the Arcata Community Forest.

Rock Hopper is survived by an English Hawthorne 3-speed, a Navara Randonee, a vintage Cannondale road bike, a Schwinn unicycle, The Goddess’s Trek Navigator and a Hobie skateboard.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions be made to Jack’s bicycle fund or the charity of your choice.

Before interment at a recycling center, Rock Hopper will undergo an extensive organ harvest, with its parts destined for a new mountain bike once a new frame is acquired.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.


Anonymous eric said...

Rest in Peace Rock Hopper.

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be brave in this time of sadness. Rock Hopper will live on because of the organ donations and other bikes will survive.

Anon 2 + 1

12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I God, Woodrow, it's not dying I'm talking about, it's living."

Sorry about yer trusty steed, Jack.


12:58 PM  
Blogger Kym said...

Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved Rock. I know that it will be received on the far side by angels with bike pumps. My prayers are with you. May your tears be dried by the wind on your cheek as you ride off into the sunset on a new bike soon.

9:42 PM  
Blogger Indie said...

A beautiful tribute to dear Rock Hopper, Jack.

10:31 PM  
Blogger OrangeElmo said...

RH waits for you over the Rainbow Bridge.

Live On Rock Hopper!

11:10 PM  
Blogger beachcomber said...

You know, they say that on the other side, the pain stops and the wounds are healed. He'll be waiting for you in the light, Jack.

3:58 PM  

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