IELTS Speaking topic: An old thing at your family

Describe an antique or some other old thing that your family has kept for a long time.
You should say:
what it is
how (or when) your family first got this thing
how long your family has kept it
and explain why this thing is important to your family.

Oh, I guess the average families usually own something for a long time, such as a vase, a TV set,  a desk, or anything like that. In my family, there is a worn-out bicycle in the balcony that is belong to me for about 15 years.

It is a simple and cheap bike, not like the mountain bikes that are frequently spotted in the streets rode by some teenage. I got it when I passed the entrance examination to the junior middle school with a high score in 1996. There were about 10 kilometres away from the boarding school to my home, and I could ride the bike from and to the school every weekend with my classmates. I really enjoyed the half-hour cycling because I could share interesting things happened during the weekend with my classmates, or when I rode alone, I loved the feeling of the breeze on my face.

After I left home and went to the university, my bicycle was put into the balcony by my parents and barely used. So it’s gathering dust now. Every time I went back to my hometown, I rode it at times to recall the past simple pleasures of student life.

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