The consolation of bike trouble on Highway 1 is the view. This is Chris Potempa on an AMCA club ride in 2003, working on his 1934 Indian Chief that was having multiple ‘issues’ on the day, including shedding the rivets which held on the rear brake drum. That fix took a trip to the hardware store, which luckily was only 10 miles away, and we managed to squeeze some bolts into the rivet holes for the trip home. Chris has since sold the bike!

Chris Potempa with his 1934 Indian Chief, while being sorted on a road run. [Paul d’Orléans]


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