After a recent movie at the Flicks Theater a friend remarked as we came outside, “Look at all the Northender Bikes.”
We never thought of bicycles as having a demographic origin, but sure enough–most of the bikes looked perfectly at home in the North End.
You all know what we are talking about. Those fat wheeled retro–or just plain old–bikes with no gear shift, coaster brakes and big wide handlebars. No easy peddle 21 speed models with center pull hand brakes for this crowd.
Who wudda thunk it? Even with two wheelers, your ride identifies your politics and maybe even the part of town where you live. Sure, there is some crossover with Northenders using those disdainful multi-gear mountain bikes which are the Hummer of two wheelers. And once in a while you will see someone on the bench–especially among the Kootenai and Cassia crowd–astride a retro Schwinn.
No two ways about it, your ride says a lot about your politics, especially when Team Dave manages to mention Dave Bieter’s old Schwinn cruiser in most profiles and press releases.
For the record the GUARDIAN stopped the salesman at George’s bike shop dead in his tracks when he inquired about tight ass Lycra bike shorts…in size 48! We peddle a 21 speed “comfort bike” with a cushy seat that is easy on the bum and high handle bars that are easy on the old back–just like our politics with some old and some new.
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