Two outta three

I’m subbing a couple of shifts at work this week. One of the pages tonight was all excited at closing. He told me how he went out a bought lights for his bike. Since July his parents have dropped him off and picked him up. Suddenly, he’s a bike commuter. Blinkies and the works!

I had to stop for groceries on the way home, a little after nine. The parking lot was nearly empty. coming out of the store, there was another bike locked-up next to mine. Older Jamis, with a rack, trunk bag, lights and fenders. Nice U-lock too. Most bikes I see at the store are either POS X-Mart bikes, or bike ministry bikes, and if they’re locked, it’s with a cheap cable lock you could cut with a pair of pliers.

As I finished loading, a guy comes out. Middle-aged, middle-class guy like me. He put a small item in the trunk bag and we talked bikes for a minute. He asked me about my grocery panniers. He liked that they were cheap and seemed like a really good idea. I think he’s going to buy a set.

On the other hand, a group from the Sierra Club rented the meeting room tonight. From the little I caught, they were talking about reducing oil dependency. They all drove to the library.

I bring my bike out from the back just before closing and lean it against the circ desk at the end by the meeting room door. The only Sierra Clubber who noticed my bike, was a woman who wasn’t pleased she had to reach over it to get the bathroom key.

3 Responses to “Two outta three”

  1. anthony Says:

    I’ve been catching up with your blog lately. I especially like this post. In Amsterdam you’re the odd one out if you ARE driving. I’ve lost all desire to drive a car and bike everywhere. If Phoenix hadn’t been so hot when I was working there, I surely would have biked to the library.

  2. amd Says:

    Same as anthony, interested in lot of your posts. In no particular order:

    hiveware_enkoder is pretty cool. I’ve been using a dodgy jscript that just does some string additions, that is a much cooler way to do it, great find.

    I know a lot of Sierra Club folks (who visit Ireland regularly). That’s an amusing story, I think it says a lot about the national (and international?) psychology – blissfully unaware of what they’re doing 🙂

    I’m looking for some dirt cheap panniers at the moment. All I can find are good (read: expensive) ones in the various LBS’. Online… well, that includes shipping, d’oh. I’m thinking about converting an old backpack!

    Cool ride reports, like the TNUAs, keep it up.


  3. brucew Says:

    My Nashbar grocery panniers were really cheap. $17 on sale. They come with raincovers too. Sort of like an overgrown shower cap. Considering the “nice” ones were $45 and up, they’re a real bargain.

    For those not advertuous to view the source and check out the script, the Hiveware Enkoder (now called the Automatic Labs Enkoder) is here: Nice, safe, spam-free way to put your email addy in a page.

    I’ve added a category for the TNUA rides, since it looks like I’ll be doing them every week.