We say we're back... almost, because during December, central Indiana was bombarded with quite a bit of snow--and it's pretty cold too. Just take a look at that bicycle barometer to the right. Have you ever witnessed such an inhospitable thing? Trust me when I say that that snow was neither fluffy or light. It had the texture and consistency of lava rock. Crunch!
Yet, some are braving the snow. Much to the ISWE staff dismay we learned at 10:00 AM of the 10:00 AM Mayor's polar bear ride today... an hour's commute away. Drat! We won't let a mistake like that happen again! You never want to miss a good polar bear ride. I mean, they had hot chocolate afterall!
This unique little folder was pretty impressive. Note the features, an alloy frame, full front and rear mountain bike-style suspension and huge disc brakes. I think it had 7-speeds. At 24 pounds, not to shabby for basically a full-fledged mountain bike. Cool!
Who would ride such a thing? Let's speculate. It was found at an urban research institution, so I'm guessing he/she is probably a rocket scientist with a social conscience, or maybe an engineer with a heart. Hmmm?
Judging from the aggressive shocks, knobby tires, and water and mud-resistant disc brakes, he/she is probably also outdoorsy, adventurous, and brave. Considering the fenders, he/she is probably more concerned with functionality than appearances--definitely not a poser. I'm guessing this bike belongs to the sort of person you could definitely count on to help you change a flat tire in the rain or maybe even help you post bail. Prediction: pretty cool, interesting person. We'll stay on the look out to see if we can catch up with the owner. We'll see if the prediction is right.
Anyhow, thank you all for your patience with the Great Laptop Theft of 2012. It's good to be back and it's good to be thinking about getting ISWE adventures back in action. Tomorrow, we'll stop by Accent Bicycles to pick up the last remaining replacement for the stolen items. Dave Tortora's going to set us up with another awesome Brompton C-Bag, and all will be right with the world again... except for that whole US Senate and House of Representatives thing.
Stay tuned for plenty of ISWE adventures in a post-Mayan apocalyptic 2013!
P.S. Congratulations go out to long-time ISWE associate member, Robbie Janik on the new addition to the family. Can't wait to set William Joseph up with his first small wheel ride... it's certain to have small wheels!