Pandemic projects: Cycling trek postponed; judge focuses on rebuilding vintage bikes, preparing for classic European event

It certainly didn’t look like much.

But to Fred Corbit’s experienced eyes, the battered, scarred steel frame had beautiful bones. Under his skillful hands, the 50-year-old French Follis bicycle became a turquoise gem, with hammered aluminum fenders and an elegant chain guard.

The bike is one of several he rebuilt and restored during the pandemic.

“The Follis was a surprise for my Francophile wife, Merilee,” he said. “It’s the perfect bike for the Centennial Trail.”

Their Kendall Yards home offers easy trail access for the bankruptcy court judge and his school nurse wife.

“I’ve always been a bike nut,” Corbit said. “Some years I ride close to 5,000 miles.”

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