Sign of the times

The Soma Saga Disc in the Elena Gallegos picnic grounds.

It’s OK. I’m morally handicapped.

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19 Responses to “Sign of the times”

  1. larry brown Says:

    nice bike, no trees?

  2. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Looks like my shopping bike if I swapped the flat bars for drops I think about this now and then but since it’s easier to hang shopping bags from the flat bars, it’s probably a dumb idea, especially when I start thinking about brake levers/shifers, etc. I still need to get a front rack and basket like the wife’s has to make the thing really useful.

    • Carl Duellman Says:

      we had a new grocery store open in the neighborhood and everyone was so excited to be able to ride their bikes to get groceries. the first month i saw numerous people riding bikes with grocery bags on the bars. it’s pretty hard to carry a gallon of milk on one side and a loaf of bread on the other. now they just drive.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        Basket (and a backpack) make those chores pretty easy – but then again we DO live less than 100 feet from a place I can pop into on foot and buy milk, water, eggs, bread, etc.- so I don’t need the bike for that…only if I want to venture farther than I care to walk, like to a larger supermarket, our favorite bulk-wine shop, the newsstand to get Bicisport, etc.

        The other tough thing for ‘Murican’s is they want to shop in bulk and do it less often – so the SUV gets loaded up with enough crap from Costco to last for 6 months! I laugh every time our in-laws drag us out there – those massive shopping carts manage to make the average fat ‘Muricans look pretty normal.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        More trips more often, that’s the ticket. Y’gotta work for your vittles.

        And Larry’s absolutely right. The big-box bikes should come with a rear rack at the very least. Hardcores could add a front rack, basket or bag of some sort and boom, cheapo SUV for those Costco trips.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Nice bike, Larry. One of the Nitto M12s, a wire basket and some zip ties would round out your carrying capacity quite nicely.

      Since I turned my shopping bike (the Voodoo Wazoo) back into a trail bike, I’m thinking about making the old Soma Double Cross my townie. It’s likewise black and anonymous, unlikely to draw a thief’s eye.

      But if I wanted to go flat-bar, I’d have to spend some dough.

      For starters, I don’t have any MTB bars or stems cluttering up the garage. No MTB brake levers. No thumbshifters.

      Hm. Maybe I should just leave it as is, put the racks back on. I can hear my credit card heaving a sigh of relief already.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        The wife’s bike came with a great front rack and basket, I just need to get the local guys to slap one on mine too. The headlight will need to be repositioned (the wife’s has a dedicated side-mount bracket to avoid the basket) but I think the rack even has a tab for that.
        These kind of bikes should be available at the big-box stores. If they ordered ’em by the boxcar load, they could get the price down to a couple hundred $ so you wouldn’t see so many folks slogging along on those awful, cheapo “dual suspension” MTB’s they sell. Almost useless for what those riders need.

  3. Pat O’Brien Says:

    Let’s go touring now
    Everbody’s learning how
    Come on the safari with me

    • Carl Duellman Says:

      i’m ready. the weather here has been not so good for riding and/or camping. except of course during the work week when the weather is perfect.

  4. JD Dallager Says:

    I give…..what’s the blue blanket for?

  5. JD Dallager Says:

    Oh, I get it…..picnic grounds. 🙂

  6. khal spencer Says:

    I won this folding bike in a raffle. Its now set up with one basket (and I plan a couple more) as its about a five minute ride from Chez Solana to the food co-cop in Fanta Se.

    Yeah, the fat guy was me last spring, recovering from shoulder surgery and having only a few miles in my legs.

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