Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Burbs

It wasn't a great weekend for cycling. I enjoyed a beautiful ride home Friday night in the early dusk. But Saturday was big grocery run day, and the weather was decidedly nasty - cold and damp. Saturday night was an evening with an out-of-town friend who is staying with her relatives in Marietta. Now, Marietta has a cute town square and some lovely old houses. But it has really been overrun with automobile infrastructure, has no rail transit service at all, and generally forces you into the car.

But, like everywhere, practicality and style are still fighting to stay alive. And in Marietta, this means a bright green chopper bike. Super-low-cost to ride, no age or licensing restrictions, convenient for tackling routes that are too long or inhospitable to walk. And it looks hot! Here is Taylor with his bicycle.
I'm sure it takes some getting used to. And it wouldn't be great for long distances. But for a few miles here and there, it has a lot going for it. Sprung seat, rear fender, and chainguard to keep the rider clean and comfortable, kickstand, built in reflectors, etc. Not bad, Marietta, not bad.

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