2318Re: [rootsradicals] The Eagle Has Landed!
- Dec 2, 2007I've had several near misses the last few days - people are more
distracted with the holidays I think. It's time to be more than extra
David Morrison wrote:
> Yah, the LBS which put mine together is not really local to me either
> and not a self-evident ride, though I think I can map a route and call
> it an adventure :). Fortunately the bike shop had a pickup, otherwise
> I was going to have call on a buddy with a pickup for a favor. I was
> thinking of even taking on the Metro, which allows bikes, until I was
> told ( in very no-nonsense and bureaucratic terms) that bike on the
> metro could be no longer than 80 inches long.
> Used it for the first time to get groceries today. My first trip on
> the bike when I would have used the car previously :). Without the
> hassle of looking for a parking space and traffic etc, it took about
> the same amount of time :). One negative thing though, when I passed
> through one of the major intersections I had crossed just twenty or
> twenty-five minutes before on the way to the grocery store there was a
> ambulance and a several EMTs....working on a downed cyclist who
> appeared to have been struck by an SUV. He or she was not sitting up
> and the only way I knew it was a cyclist is from the mangled bike I
> saw. I didn't stop to look or stare, but prayed a little for the
> rider. I love my bike. I love the freedom, the speed, the utility if
> the X, the boost it gives my heart, lungs and spirit.....everything
> really. But its scenes like that which make me remember how much we
> need to keep our wits when we ride.
> On Nov 30, 2007, at 9:09 PM, tda0818 wrote:
>> You're looking at the semi-anonymous Yahoo profile of a proud new X
>> The good folks at X had the Townie 21 shipped directly to my mechanic,
>> and when the Free Radical arrived at my apartment this afternoon, I
>> loaded it up, drove out to the shop, and watched the guy assemble it.
>> (Sorry, no birth video.)
>> It was kind of an interesting experience. When he started building
>> it, he was in kind of a bad mood about it, for reasons having to do
>> with miscommunication between him and the shop manager. Anyway, once
>> he got the real wheel off the Townie (which he'd already fully built),
>> glanced at the instructions and held the FR frame up where it would
>> fit, he got this big grin on his face and said, "This thing is a trip!"
>> The longer he worked on it, the better his mood got. By the time he
>> was done, he was more excited about it than I was. There are 3 bike
>> shops closer than his, but he told me he'd love to work on it whenever
>> I have anything done. Talking about the other shops, he said, "Yeah,
>> when you roll this thing into any bike shop in town, they're gonna
>> love it."
>> My only problem now is: I can't figure out how to get it home! There
>> isn't a safe route to ride it home from there, and it sure as hell
>> won't fit in my car. I'm gonna have to rent a truck or something.
>> The guy at the LBS was happy to keep it on their floor for a few days
>> -- he said it'd be the talk of the shop. (And I left the little info
>> cards with it and told him to hand them out to anybody who was
>> One other thing. I'm going to search the archives on this, but the
>> mechanic did think I should ask around about how people are keeping
>> the chain from slapping around so much. He figured somebody had come
>> up with something that would bolt on at the rear dropou ts of the
>> Townie frame and provide some tension on the chain. If anybody has,
>> I'd love to hear about it.
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