Thursday, July 11, 2013

Cool wheels, dude!


A few years ago I built a home in the Lakewood section of Dallas.  It's a very eclectic, free-spirited kind of neighborhood.  A doctor might live next door to a buttoned-down CEO, and across from an "indoor horticulturalist".  *wink*  They were all over the board.

There was one guy in the neighborhood who always intrigued me.  I named him Leo, just because.  Internet guy above reminds me of him.  Plump, wild hair, tie-dyed everything, obviously an old, unrepentant hippie, and he rode either a bicycle or a little moped, depending on whether or not he was in a hurry (3 mph vs 6 mph).  I rather envied him, despite the fact that I couldn't be more un-like him.  (Mr. "Stick-Up-Your-Ass", that's what K calls me.)

New topic:  Bicycles.  They appeal to me.  The thought of hopping on a bike and going up to the corner market for a few last minute things, or to the coffee house for a latte....that sounds fun.  Never mind that one block north of where I live is a 4-lane boulevard, east is a 6-lane boulevard, and to the west an autobahn, and traffic moves at 70 mph on all three.  (Speed limits are apparently viewed as just a suggestion.)  And we don't have bike lanes.  Cyclists here I'm convinced have suicidal tendencies....if the traffic doesn't get 'em, the heat will.


The one thing that doesn't appeal to me about bicycles is that damn seat.  What sadistic bastard invented those?  Ouch!



What I need is something more like this.  Now doesn't that look more comfortable?  Mount something like that on a bike like this....


....and you might get my attention.  Mount one of these on it, too....


....and I might be willing to risk it.  

A couple months without a haircut, some snazzier t-shirts, a few more cheeseburgers, and I could be Leo!  (And Frisco, TX , the winter home of Thurston Howell III, would never be the same.  Haha!)  What was it Mad Magazine's Alfred E. Neuman said?...."Why be normal?"  

Tempting.

Peace, out.  ;) 


NOTE:  This post was inspired by my friend Dana "The Bug" who was recently presented with a new bike by her thoughtful spousal unit, the good Dr. M.




11 comments:

  1. Good one, Scott! I bought Regan a bike one night at Academy and while he was chatting with the employee, Regan suggested running down to Tractor Supply to get a different seat as you showed above. We were cracking up.

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    1. See....great minds DO think alike. ;)

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  2. Well, one of the first things I did before leaving the bike store (in addition to getting padded shorts) was to have the razor seat replaced with a much more comfortable saddle. When I got back into biking, I was young, like you, and my wind, arms and legs all held up just fine, but my butt was sure the (very sore) weak link. fin

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  3. You should get one of those recumbent bikes. Then you get a better seat. I regret I never really learned to ride a bike.

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  4. I doubt I have to worry about the seat anytime soon - a few quick turns around the neighborhood are all I can manage right now. Once I get in better shape though I'll have to look into options. Padded shorts will NOT be one of the options - I have plenty of natural padding in that area already :)

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  5. I doubt you could ever become Leo. But I'm not saying change can't be a good thing.

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    1. I could too be Leo! Well, at least until the medication wore off. ;)

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  6. All hail comfortable seats . . . and medication! Go for it, big guy!

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  7. That comfortable seat is a great invention! I would also need coaster brakes on my bike. I just do not trust those flimsy "hand brakes." I have visions of the rear wheel going up in the air and over the front wheel as soon as I press those flimsy little things...

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