Disraeli Gears, ATCO Records, 1967.
Clapton was (and apparently remains) an avid recreational road rider. Baker’s interest in cycling initially went somewhat deeper. While in his early teens, he became fascinated with the careers of Fausto Coppi, Gino Bartali, and England’s own Brian Robinson. Baker decided to become a professional cyclist, so he simultaneously worked a paper route, a baker’s delivery route, and a milk delivery route to earn enough money for a decent road-racing bike. Just as he was set to break the news to his parents that he was leaving school to try his hand against the French amateurs, a collision with a taxi destroyed his bike and broke his leg. While rehabbing, to kill time he toyed with various musical instruments including a guitar. But when a knowledgeable friend heard him screwing around on a drum kit and told him he sounded really good, there was an abrupt shift in plans.