April 21, 2010
I ran into my friend Matt at the redbike party on Saturday. Funny, because I first met Matt at redbike many months ago. He had recognized me from this blog and said as much. We later traded some emails and came to the conclusion that bikes are fun and urbanism is the bomb. When I first met him I believe I had Dexter in the Madsen. This time I was on the Pashley sans baby.
So Matt has a great bike story. He was in Amsterdam and saw this Workcycles. After meeting the owner of the store, Henry, he purchased it and brought it back home to ride in Edmonton. He later ordered the rack from Dutch Bike in Chicago.
It has this great cargo rack on the front and being the silly girl that I am, I almost immediately asked him, "Would you double me on your bike if I sat on the cargo rack?"
He said yes without even hesitating!
I was really impressed. Matt had total control of the bike. He avoided all the pot holes and even delivered me to the curb for easy dismount. We inspected the bike afterwards and didn't notice any horrible damage from the human cargo experiment. Note to those getting doubled on the front of somebody's bicycle. Beware the combination of legs and the front wheel.
I know it's not specific to the Workcycles bikes, but I do love these straight handlebars. Don's Batavus and some of the Amsterdam Classics are also like this. So retro and clean looking.
What a pretty bike. I think Matt mentioned to me that redbike may start carrying these? Imagine, the potential to purchase your own Oma right here in Edmonton.
Meeting Matt has been great, particularly because he basically already knows me from the blog. Talk about an easy friend to make. I was thrilled to see him at the party and even more giddy at his willingness to oblige my whimsical request of riding on his bike. Thanks for the adventure!