As far as I’m concerned, having Hanz and Alan on the front cover of Time as the world’s most influential people, seeing Sylar and Luke Campbell from Heroes continue their journey on a Family Tandem, or having U2 do a continental tour on a fleet of Pocket Rocket Pros equipped with Shimano’s new electronic shifting Dura-Ace 7970 Di2 wouldn’t be half as cool as this.
Nope, the Bike Friday has made it to the big time: on the greatest (cycling) comic strip of all time, Yehuda Moon. of which I have blogged around at least once. Anyways, marvel at the profound glory of the tikit sandwiched neatly between witty word-balloons and careful caricatures of cyclists we surely know:
What a perfect bike the tikit is for this subject of drivers’ attitudes towards cyclists. Indeed, though the law extends cylists the right to ride, it doesn’t not give us the right to respect and certainly does not demand drivers’ to give it to us. No matter how much we have tried to follow the rules of the road (hopefully we are) and tried to act calmly when the poor sap getting 10mpg yelled at you for being on his road, we have not yet got to the point where there is mutual respect among different forms of transportation.
There is a solution though: fold it up and stick it on the bus. Bring your iPod and enjoy some good tunes while you catch up on your reading. And get some fresh air, too. You may think this can be done with a normal bike and the answer is just– in some places at some times. Even in sleepy Eugene, though, the busses are getting crowded and bikes are getting turned away. Every bike except folders.
Indeed, there’s a reason we made it to the Big Time, folks.