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Things that can be carried on a bike (#723)…

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There is a communion of more than our bodies when bread is broken and wine is drunk.

~M.F.K. Fisher

On the bike: An electric mixer, an 18-year-old sourdough starter, and all the small-wares and ingredients to to have a bread baking class.

Urban Simplicity.  

Things that can be carried on a bike (#721)…

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Bicycling is a big part of the future. It has to be. There’s something wrong with a society that drives a car to workout in a gym.

~Bill Nye the Science Guy

On the bike…Eight 6-foot boards of lumber, two new shirts, a new pair of pants, and a camera.

Things that can be carried on a bike (#720)…

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Well, the title of this post–and likely some in the future–could be changed to, “Things that can be carried on a normal-sized bike.” (But what is normal?) This is my newish bike and so far love zipping around on it and am still making modifications, which will lily be ongoing. As one who likes to be able to carry things with him, I attached a basket to the rear rack, and purchased a wider front rack, to which I’ve temporarily attached another basket (soda crate) so I could use the bike to grocery shop.

With this said, on the bike: $67.00 in groceries.

Things that can be carried on a bike (#718 & #719), and a couple words…

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#718 (above)…Twenty six framed photos on their way home from a show. Interestingly, in all the times I’ve transported photos to-and-from shows by bike I have only broken the glass on one frame (and it was because of my own carelessness).

#719 (below)…A brand new bike! Yup, I bought another one. A Surly Troll, which I’m pretty excited about. But more on the bike in a later post. What is interesting about this photo is that I am actually towing the bike back to the bike shop as the chain broke on it (after only three days of riding). The chain is repaired but I find it interesting that when I need to carry the big stuff or heavy stuff or long stuff I still go to my decade-old v3 Yuba Mundo. The old work horse.

Urban Simplicity.

Things that can be carried on a bike (#717)…

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I haven’t been using the trusty old Mundo v3 that often in recent years as I’ve other options these day, but when I need to haul large or heavy things it’s nice to know it’s still there, and geeze o’ man is it fun to ride.

Anyhow, on the bike: A cardboard box with 8 live vegetable plants, a book, a magazine, an extra front bicycle rack, and a small pile of lumber.

Things that can be carried on a bike (#716)…

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Another bike.

Here’s the brief story behind this photo…I had to take the Boda Boda to the shop to have some bearings replaced, so I dropped it off and walked home. They called and said it was ready so I rode the Dahon to the shop and towed it home with the Boda Boda. I’ve done this before with larger bikes but not in a while. It was fun.

I am not a perfect cyclist by any means, but…

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For those who know me, or even have simply been to this blog in the past, likely know a few things about me, and one of them is that I don’t own a car and choose bicycling as my primary choice of personal transport (the other two are walking and public transportation). This said, I am not an anti-car person, it’s just that about 5 years ago I realized that not only I no longer needed one but that it was cumbersome to have one in my life.

I’d also like to add that I am in no way a perfect cyclist. For the most part I follow the rules of the, but still, I am not perfect (but who is).

Anyhow, thus said, I had gone out for coffee this morning to do some reading and writing at Sweetness7 and before heading home stopped at Westside Stories and purchased a book on the life of Bonhoeffer. So, in short, I was sort of caffeined up and blissed out as I pedaled and coasted. I was keeping pace with traffic as it had slowed because a driver next to me was making a left turn into a driveway. It was then that I noticed the car behind us turn into the bike lane behind me to pass the car on the right. Did he not see me? He sped ahead, narrowly missing me. He was so close I could feel the air move between us as he passed, the side-view mirror nearly clipped my handlebar. I yelled out–partially in anger and partially in fear–and he looked over at me with a quizzical look as he passed. I slammed on my brakes and stopped. A passerby who was walking saw it and inquired, “Whoa, dude, are you ok?”

Again, I am not a perfect cyclist, but today I was on a clearly marked bike lane when a car crossed into it to pass. Please (other cyclists) do not comment on this in a hateful anti-car way (as tempting as it might be), and pro-car people, please do not comment in the other direction. All I ask is that people in cars be aware. While my bike is heavy by bicycling standards (about 55lbs), your car weights a ton-and-a-half. To the person in the car whom which I refer, you are likely not reading this, but if you are, know that your actions today almost changed both of our lives.

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