In America it’s bike to work day. I got mine fixed at the shop and took a friend there. The owner liked her a lot and gave us a scoop about a local NGO. We rode out to a village near the school where I work. When I rolled up to the school, the seniors were celebrating their last day with a band and beer and dancing. It was gorgeous.
After work, I rushed home cos I was running late for an appointment. I heard a kid yell my name and then make a “tak tak” sound, meaning there was something wrong. I ignored him and then felt two sharp stings. After making a manly yowl of pain, I stopped the bike, threw off everything I had on and and hopped around for a minute to see a bee on the ground. I stomped on it as the guy who’s house I was in front of came out and looked at my back, gave it a rub and sent me on my way. I like this country a lot. In short, bike to work.
So today I rolled up to where I’ve been going for bike stuff here and saw my boy* holding a hub, rim and looking at spokes on the table. I sat down and watched him assemble the wheel and then we got up to true it. We conversated for a while and he showed me his house and bike and I told him about my life in America. He popped a wheel on and I walked home with that bad boy in about an hour and a half getting more weird looks than usual. It was an awesome way to spend an afternoon.
*he’s definitely a grown ass man, he’s got a son that might be older than me.
lets find this bike.
Listen up, gang. A yellow CETMA cargo bike was just stolen from a Portland family. If you live in the Pacific Northwest, please keep your eyes peeled. Tell your friends and ask them to spread the word, okay?
IMPORTANT: There are only two yellow CETMA cargo bikes in existence—the other one belongs to a family in Marin, California. This bike should be easy to spot and identify. It’s big, rare, and valuable. I’d bet the person who stole this will try to sell it. Let’s track this down and return the bike to the family that bought it.
If you have any info or tips regarding this stolen yellow Largo, please contact the owner or me immediately. This is a big deal. Please spread the word, even to people you know in nearby cities. It’s certainly possible this bike isn’t even in Portland anymore.
FYI Portland: stolen cargo bike
Went for a too long bike ride today (actually really perfect amount) through to almost Hilsborough up to my buddy’s house in Somerset. Riding Canal Road is a dream, especially with light traffic. There are parts where the road is like butter and then a cheese grater that knocks me back into my senses. After getting to said friend’s house we went to dinner and played some Gears of War (cos what’s wrong with riding a bike to a house and playing video games, I’ve been doing it since forever) and then 8:10 comes and I gotta go. It was later that I see the giant thunderhead in the distance that I was riding towards crackle with lightning. I pick up the pace cos I’m too proud/foolhardy to pick up the phone and call my friend to pick me up and drive me home when it starts to sprinkle. Then downpour. Did I mention my front light wasn’t working? Luckily I have two blinkies in the back and I made it home fine. All told I think I did about 40+ miles, not bad for a day of riding.
The picture is at Hillsborough Baseball Recreation area btw
So yesterday Jesus at Kopps Cycles in Princeton fixed Darkwing Duck up for me. I got a sick ass red tire and another pedal cos the other one fell off. Today I went for a real ride, down the D&R Canal and near Bellemeade (I think?). It’s sad I had to sell off my other bike but I’m so glad I kept this comfortable ass beast around. My quads hurt from stopping/slowing down though…
From our friends at Transportation Nation:
It’s official. New York’s much anticipated bike share program will not launch this month as originally planned. “We’re working on the launch plan and will update the public as soon as we finalize all the details,” Seth Solomonow, NYC DOT spokesman tells Transportation Nation.
Oh crap. One more reason not to visit NYC.
I rode out to Trenton today. My job brings me out there usually but riding a bike made me feel the city in a different way. It’s tiny but with weird little sections. I had to go to the MVC (aka DMV) and renew the car’s registration. I toured the Capitol building, wandered around the state library and saw the state museum, which was filled with screaming kids. Caught a flat on the ride home but it was a slow leak so I managed to pump up enough just to get home. Great ride, good day.