Ridesharing

A three-seater?

A three-seater?

So, like any good gabacho hipster, I’m riding my Rivendell Clem Smith Jr. to the coffee shop when I encounter a couple of vatos trying to negotiate the pedestrian signals at the corner of Walk and Don’t Walk without getting centerpunched by a speeding SUV.

They missed their east-west opportunity, so they pivot to the north-west crosswalk, and the older of the two, sporting a cane and a limp, says to me, “Hey, can you give us a lift to Taco Bell?”

“Sorry, man, I forgot my basket,” I quip.

Unfazed, he replies, “That’s OK, he can ride on the handlebars and I’ll ride in back.”

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17 Responses to “Ridesharing”

  1. Medium Rick Says:

    Taco Bell? WTF?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I know, it’s appalling. In a town filled to overflowing with real food, these dudes were going to Taco Bell. Which is right across Tramway from a McDonalds, the joint Der Trumpenführer is said to favor above all others. Looks like I scored by dubbing him Ronald McDonald McTrump.

  2. Sharon Says:

    Ha ha…just like we used to do it when we were young!

  3. JD Dallager Says:

    Was expecting to see a pic of them on the bike with you!! 🙂

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Well, with the rack and those handlebars, it is a 3 seater. I do like that bike.
    No ride for us this morning with all the rain. The cluster of storms then moved to Tucson and really got ’em. U of A Campus downtown got 2.6 inches of rain this morning.

  5. Pat O'Brien Says:

    By the way, did you notice your rear rack strap hook caught the rear derailleur cable?

  6. khal spencer Says:

    Those handlebars look a little like the upside-down drop bars I recall from a lot of bikes in high school.

  7. Larry T Says:

    $1500 for this bicycle? My shopping bike’s most expensive parts are the metal baskets front and rear, purchased ‘cuz I just couldn’t bear to steal any plastic milk crates, like most folks do for theirs. I’m all for “one less car” but a grand and a half is still a chunk o’dough.
    Reminds me of a certain blogger who bragged about the “savings” he would get on airline bike baggage fees by buying a “travel bike” with a price tag of $8K. But both of these guys live in NorCal which is another world compared to mine.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yeah, the notion of “savings” seems to be an elastic one. If you were to use a bike exclusively, this would be a nice one. Built to last, sensible components, etc. Lots cheaper than owning an auto, and it has a certain je ne sais quoi.

      I periodically think how much I would “save” if I only had an RV for road trips. And then I price a few Class Bs, and also hotel rooms, and then I think again.

      • khal spencer Says:

        I’ve reminded myself how many hotel nights could be bought for the cost of a Class B.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Yea, it’s a shame that you can’t justify that Mercedes based class B with savings from hotels and restaurants. You could damn near buy a hotel for the price of some class B motorhomes. I insulated myself against this temptation by moving into a gated neighborhood that doesn’t allow RV parking. Maybe that will save me from myself. But a new VW Westfalia pop top that will fit in the garage? I will give them my wallet and say “take what you need.”

      • md anderson Says:

        We were at Capitol Reef NP last month and saw a variation on a pop up camper that stopped us in our tracks. I jotted down the name on the side and googled it when I got home. What a cool little vehicle. http://www.sylvansport.com/

        We could pull it behind our VW Golf Sportwagen. When not in camper mode it doubles as a utility trailer, making it useful when our 20 year old Ford Ranger with 350K miles finally goes teats up.

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