Thursday, June 5, 2008
With all the recent attention on the high price of automobile fuel, people are talking more and more about alternatives. For the most part, it's simply complaining. A few, however, are making lifestyle changes. Some are changing jobs so they can work closer to where they live. Others are reducing their driving by taking shorter vacations or combining multiple errands in a single trip. Some are actually getting the nudge for which they've been waiting and are considering making a few trips by bicyle. Those that are already "serious" cyclists are broadening their horizons by supplementing their herds with utility bikes.
Utility bikes are, in a word, useful. They are designed to be easier to pack, store, or keep nearby, such as is the case with my "clown bike" or designed to allow the rider to carry impressive amounts of cargo. There are designs to address almost every kind of transportation usefulness need.
My clown bike is a utility bike with incredible usefulness. It maintains my sanity. Because my job demands frequent travel and because living in hotels and eating restaurant food erodes my spirit, I pack a bicycle whenever practical. My Bike Friday Tikit makes it easy.
Last night, after work, after dinner, after the sun went down, and after the nearby office buildings were virtually emptied, the Texas Tikit rolled. In the summer night breeze and through the urban landscape, we cruised for an hour, cleared the mind, and refreshed the body.
It's not quite like being back home in Denton County with my beautiful bride, but it most certainly is useful.