July 24, 2011
I met Gerald Ross at the New Amsterdam Bicycle Show in New York this spring.
Before my trip out there, we exchanged a volley of emails. Gerald owns a Pocket Rocket Pro.
Gerald just sent me another, reflecting the experience that is all part of owning and riding Bike Friday.
In Gerald’s words:
No surprise to you, but I constantly get stopped and asked about the bike.
It seems people are shocked that a folder actually works like a â€œreal bike.â€
I do get a little tired constantly having to explain how the rear cassette cog sizes compensate for the 20-inch wheels â€“ although I have found the solution: Riding alongside someone who insists that I have to work harder than they, I just point out that weâ€™re riding the same speed and have about the same cadence.
I usually ride about threeÂ times a week with a NewÂ York Cycle Club â€œBâ€ group at about a 16 â€“ 17 mph pace. They are now convinced that the little wheels actually roll!
What I wanted to share with you was the following:
I was riding in Washington D.C., in Georgetown and stopped at a light. A car pulled up alongside and the passenger asked me if I had the bike made for me. I told him it was, but I felt about three feet taller after his question. I guess the bike exudes a certain aura of â€œbespoke class.â€
Itâ€™s really a great bike and I convinced two acquaintances to get them â€“ so they bought a pair of Crusoes from David Lam at Bfold.
The bike is such a natural for NY apartment living that I am surprised there arenâ€™t a great many more.
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