Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Office Beater Bike
This Beater Bike (http://www.beaterbikes.net - no bikes currently in production) is neither fast nor sexy. It's just sturdy and reliable. It's got a functional retro style and 3-speed Sturmey Archer hub. Jared added a cup holder and light brown Schwalbe tires. I outfitted it with cork hand grips (from www.a1cyclery.com; this should be good for a cup of coffee, Chris Wiggins), a bell, and a handy easy on-off pannier/shoulder bag.
It gets me to and from downtown and area meetings pretty well. It keeps me from circling city blocks looking for a vehicle parking space. It prevents me from endlessly feeding parking meters.
Sometimes, I commute the 14 miles from home on my Surly Long Haul Trucker (also via www. A1Cyclery.com), which is just about the perfect commuter bike. When I don't give myself enough time to ride to work (an hour is required) and end up driving my VW Jetta on the Interstate, I use Jared's beater bike to get around during the day.
Think about taking and keeping a bike at your workplace. It opens up lots of options.
John Franklin Hay
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA