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A real red — and black — rider
UGA grad pedals greenway in style
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Wayne Clark is a familiar sight along the greenway. - photo by Autumn Vetter

Red and black made its debut on the Big Creek Greenway earlier this month.

University of Georgia colors and logos catch the eyes of passers-by before the silver bell sounds on the newly restored antique bicycle.

Forsyth County resident Wayne Clark worked on and off for several months refurbishing the rusted 1960s Sears cycle into a fan bike.

He found the old item in a shed when he moved into his current home a few years ago and decided he’d fix it up.

Others along the greenway have asked him where they could get a bike like that.

“Like all good things, you do it yourself,” Clark said.

As a Georgia native, lifelong fan and second generation alumnus, Clark figured he’d pay homage to his Bulldogs by restoring the bike.

This season, he said, has been especially enjoyable to watch the 9-2 Dawgs, who face in-state rival Georgia Tech on Saturday.

“The season’s for naught unless we win this coming Saturday,” said Clark with a smile, adding that his two children each attended one of the schools.

Friend Dian Stevenson said Clark’s love of the Bulldogs is “a real passion.”

Since Clark often takes on original projects, Stevenson said she wasn’t surprised that he combined his hobby with his favorite college football team.

“He’s very imaginative and very creative,” she said. “He can take anything and turn it into a piece of art.”