The ISWE staff took advantage of one exceptionally sunny day to hit the roads in and around good old Bloomington, Indiana, home of Indiana University, the world renowned Little 500 bicycle race, and the filming location of one of the greatest sports films ever made, Breaking Away staring a young Dennis Quaid, Dennis Christopher, Daniel Stern, and Jackie Earle Haley as "Moocher." Several lessons were learned:
- Not all of the fine Hoosier state is flat. It's easy, living in Central, East, West, of even Northern Indiana, to forget that there are things in Indiana called hills or even gently inclined surfaces. One is quickly reminded Indiana has hills in B-Town.
- It's possible for an Indiana University undergraduate to tape an entire six pack of Miller Lite cans together to drink them as one large beer pole... as early as 2:00 PM.
- Indiana University really isn't that into signage, but they are into bike storage boxes
That's them on the left with the ISWE Brommie positioned for scale. I know they look a little like a bank of back-up generators or maybe something installed as part of some big military encampment in Operation Desert Storm, but they're not. They're just big happy bicycle boxes. There are 120 of them in this one location! Wow.
This is the equivalent of a 4-star bicycle hotel. Imagine those 120 bikes in there, snug, basically dry, no matter what the conditions.
If you could see directly behind me (I didn't include the pictures because they were simply too graphic), there was a less fortunate bike that had been tossed aside from its rack after it's chain rusted into an immoveable lump of crusty rust. Tragic. This ISWE friends is simply the only humane way to store bikes outdoors. For heaven's sake, if your university, business, or community is thinking about bike boxes, back them with everything you've got. If not for yourself, do it for the bikes.
No worries about condensation. No worries about padlocks, crowbar wielding bicycle thief maniacs, or the ravages of loneliness. Just your folding bike in a nice comfy space, go ahead, put your messenger bag or a box of Cheerios on top. Brilliant!
The picture is from a cool Flickr photo stream, by marcus_jb1973. Check it out for lots of interesting photos of Bromptons and other small wheel bikes.
Thanks to loyal ISWE member, Amy (pictured by the same bear there... perhaps a decade ago!) for providing the excellent excuse for a trip to B-Town.
Thanks small wheel enthusiasts for visiting. Stay tuned for more exciting adventures to come in 2013!
P.S. Congratulations to ISWE Brother-in-Law, Ronnie Dixon for booking a whopping 82.63 miles on Saturday, burning up the roads of San Rafael. By the next post we're sure he will have completed his first century! Disclaimer: he rides a road bike... we'll convert him eventually :)