Well, it took some digging, but I finally managed to track down photos of all of Sheldon’s past rides.

It’s true, dear readers, sheldon wasn’t always the Element rockin’ stud he is today… Indeed these photos tell a very different story.

But I’ll let you be the judge…

Sheldon's industrious love for bikes began at a young age, as is evidenced by this wood bike he build from trees in his back yard after his dad refused to get him a brand new candy-apple red Schwinn.

Sheldon's industrious love for bikes began at a young age, as is evidenced by this wood bike he build from trees in his back yard after his dad refused to get him a brand new candy-apple red Schwinn.


The teenage years were tough on Smart, and he sought refuge by masking his emotions... And his face.

The teenage years were tough on Smart, and he sought refuge by masking his emotions… And his face.


Another glimpse into Sheldon's developmental teenage years, he told me he was really interested in "camels," but I thought he was maybe trying to compensate for something ;-)

Another glimpse into Sheldon's developmental teenage years, he told me he was really interested in "camels," but I thought he was maybe trying to compensate for something ;-)


When confronted with this bike, I wasn't sure what to make of it, Smart simply stated that it made him 'feel' good... I decided not to pursue further questioning...

When confronted with this bike, I wasn't sure what to make of it, Smart simply stated that it made him 'feel' good… I decided not to pursue further questioning…


After leaving home Sheldon's mom missed him so much she knit him this... I mean it's a mothers love, you can't blame Smart for this one.

After leaving home Sheldon's mom missed him so much she knit him this… I mean it's a mothers love, you can't blame Smart for this one.


Like many young men, Sheldon sought to capture the attention of 'the ladies.' He had heard that women like 'dudes on motorbikes' but something tells me this wasn't quite what they had in mind.

Like many young men, Sheldon sought to capture the attention of 'the ladies.' He had heard that women like 'dudes on motorbikes' but something tells me this wasn't quite what they had in mind.


Slightly more recent, here's Sheldon showing off his Olympic pride for the '88 Calgary Olympics.

Slightly more recent, here's Sheldon showing off his Olympic pride for the '88 Calgary Olympics.


Not one to shun history, here's Smart with his prized penny-farthing (or p-Far and the kids call it).

Not one to shun history, here's Smart with his prized penny-farthing (or p-Far and the kids call it).


As Sheldon rolled into his mid-20s a girlfriend at the time convinced him to finally part with his 'pretty ponies.' With tears in his eyes I watched him build this bike – He and I both knew it was too early to have let go of his beloved ponies.

As Sheldon rolled into his mid-20s a girlfriend at the time convinced him to finally part with his 'pretty ponies.' With tears in his eyes I watched him build this bike – He and I both knew it was too early to have let go of his beloved ponies.


There was a dark time in Sheldon's late 20's where you would always see him in a full leather jacket, bandana and riding this bad-boy around. The frightening thing was his propensity for matching ass-less chaps...

There was a dark time in Sheldon's late 20's where you would always see him in a full leather jacket, bandana and riding this bad-boy around. The frightening thing was his propensity for matching ass-less chaps…


Shortly after his brief rebellion Sheldon let his softer side through as he hit 30, when asked about this ride, he simply looked at me at whispered "It makes me feel pretty" and then walked away.

Shortly after his brief rebellion Sheldon let his softer side through as he hit 30, when asked about this ride, he simply looked at me at whispered "It makes me feel pretty" and then walked away.


This was Sheldon's last ride before finally upgrading to his current rig – Frustrated with flat tires and his inability to maintain traction in technical terrain Sheldon sought to harness the power of old tennis shoes to combat his challenges.

This was Sheldon's last ride before finally upgrading to his current rig – Frustrated with flat tires and his inability to maintain traction in technical terrain Sheldon sought to harness the power of old tennis shoes to combat his challenges.