Sunday, June 21, 2015

Tripwires, Random Bike Pumps, and Bromptons

Should we in the United States consider adding air pumps to highly biked areas?  They are doing that in Canada, and I feel like we should be ahead of Canada in all things, except perhaps maple syrup production.  While I can walk to any number of bikes shops on my way home from work if I get a flat, many people have longer commutes and could use random pumps along their route.  Can some clever urban planner, or vendor of said pumps get on this?  Can developers and managers of large office buildings consider them too?  #bicyclepumps

What kind of a person sets a trip wire to catch a cyclist across the neck?  Someone who needs to spend a period of time in a small windowless room by order of a judge.  (I am picturing a guy with a bad haircut, and a certain downturned mouth behind this insane act.)  In the U.K. someone did string a tripwire across a path and seriously injure a cyclist.  Police there say the person who set the wire was trying to kill cyclists.  Seems like a reasonable interpretation of the evidence to me.  #tripwirebrighton #cyclingUK

So the cost of commuting is high in big cities.  Time - about an hour and half a day, or more.  Money - between $10 and $16.  Your soul - suffering with a routine that causes you to remember that "most men lead lives of quiet desperation . . . "  Then you work out, squeeze in some "quality time" with the family.  Hmmm.  So, you could ride your bike in many cases, which would shorten or equal your commute and keep you fit and healthy.  You would save money, rise above the din, and reclaim the girl that is you. Or the guy.  Whatever.  I think you get my point.  Why settle for the quiet desperation?  Or loud desperation?  Just try the bicycle.  You will feel better.   Less desperate anyway.  #citycycling

Speaking of commuter survival in the city, check out this Brompton ad on YouTube.  Who would think that collapsable bike favored by your eccentric Uncle Ned would become a status item?
#cyclingissexy #bromptonbicycles
So, if I see you in the bike lane, and you are not stringing up a trip wire in some homicidal fit of rage, and you are centered, happy, and not at all desperate, and perhaps on a Brompton, let's be smug.
Elisa P.

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