I have a connection to Globe Bicycle because they gave me a bike, but as it turns out at least one reader literally owes their life to Globe. Reader Cosbear sent along the following story. I did not solicit this story, it just came out of the blue. All text and pictures credited to Cosbear. If you have an inspiring story you would like to share, feel free to give us a shout out.
This Globe Carmel has been literally a lifesaver for me. I digress briefly. I am 56 years old now and when I was 52 I had a heart attack and a stroke followed by a quad bipass surgery. The cardiologist told me I had the cardiovascular system of someone in their 80's or 90's. I also found out I was a diabetic. I had been depressed ever since.
Then this January I ended up in the hospital with acute pancreatitus which almost killed me. Now I have chonic pancreatitus. In January and February I went acute again three more times and was given very little hope by the doctors who were writing me off as a goner. I found through research on the web that diet was the key issue contrary to what the docs were saying. I quit smoking, went on a completely vegan low fat diet, started exercising regularly, and lost 100 pounds in 6 months. Last week the cardiologist told me I now have the cardiovascular system of a high school athelete.
I was on 15 prescription medicines last January, now I'm on one for diabetes and that has been reduced substantially. An important part of how all this happened was my Globe Carmel. I have three bad discs in a row in my lower back making most aerobic activity impossible for me. I needed a whole lot of aerobic activity to get better. A bike seemed the best most efficient way to get those big leg muscles pumping without any bad shock making my back worse.
I needed a bike with an upright seating attitude that had a suspension on the front and the back. I hadn't ridden in years but years before had been quite a bike enthusiast. With a little research I found I needed a hybrid bike which brought me to the Carmel. I don't know for sure why they discontinued this model; although, it must not have sold well enough I guess. It was perfect for me though. A road bike that was quite light weight with tough street tires and relatively little rolling resistance. I had started out with a cheap department store mountain bike which got me going, but it was a huge step up to the Globe when I got it.
I ride a 1.1 mile circuit which keeps me within three blocks of my apartment at all times and has a nice combination of hills and near flats. It is all paved but mostly office park, parking lots and sidewalks. I do have traffic to contend with, but nothing serious. I have been riding 25 miles on the circuit every morning since I got the globe in May. I do it without stops and it takes me right around two hours. In the afternoons, I get off the circuit and enjoy riding in the city and the country. Including taking my bike on the bus out to the bike park. Most days I ride between 25 and 60 miles. I hardly drive my car anymore. If I need to carry things I use my backpack.
I fell in love with the Carmel the first time I saw a picture of one on the Globe website and even more when I saw it in real life at the bike shop. Very clean lines, the essence of form follows function. Nothing is wasted. It is simple, clean, strong, built to last, and very classy. To me anyway. It helped that it was last years model and was on sale but for under $400 it was a steal. The first time I rode it I almost cried, it fits me perfectly and is a sheer joy to ride. It is as if the designer had me in mind. So thank you Globe you were an important part of saving my life.
P.S. - Found your image of the skull with the bike inside on the culture portion of the Globe website and liked it. My Globe Carmel has a frame on the front of the steering column which you can slip an image or whatever into and a couple of graphics came with the bike on card paper.
I didn't like how they looked so I used the skull image and created a graphic logo to put into the frame on heavy card glossy photographic paper. Looks great on my shiny black bike, the background is a perfect match and just fits the slide frame perfectly.
Here's the shot from the Globe site: