Dan Harper: Bikes and husbands, one c...

Dan Harper: Bikes and husbands, one can be traded in more easily th...

There are 13 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from May 30, 2010, titled Dan Harper: Bikes and husbands, one can be traded in more easily th.... In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

Ann Strong compared husbands and bicycles, and the husbands took a shabby second.

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Watsonville reader

San Francisco, CA

#1 May 30, 2010
Nice trip down memory bike lane. Thanks, Dan.
sounds of silence

Santa Cruz, CA

#2 May 30, 2010
Whole bunch of good husbands out there! I am reminded every morning in my email box: sexyhousewives@xxx, curioushousewife@xxx, and at least 5 similar spam letters. While hubby is away; the mice will play.
Public Option Supporter

Redwood City, CA

#3 May 30, 2010
Did you know that Santa Cruz County has its own little piece of bicycle history? I'm not referring to the Amgen race, but rather to the contribution made by a local man who created a company in the 1970's in Freedom that still exists today, making unusually comfortable bicycles that have won speed records. The company is Easy Racers. The bicycles are recumbents, which you've probably seen around town a few times -- those with the rider semi-reclined, arms forward or down to control under-seat levers, and feet forward. Not the extreme recumbents which look like the rider's seat is almost scraping the road and like they could ride right under your car, but rather the taller recumbent designs that are more like sitting in a chair. They look weird but are very comfortable, especially for old timers like me who get sore crotches and wrists from standard upright bicycles. And when it comes to racing, recumbents were so much faster than upright bikes that the international bicycle racing organization banned them from competition decades ago. I own a couple of recumbents (a bike and a trike) made from Easy Racers' design by a Taiwan-based manufacturer and love the way I can relax and look around while leisurely riding. Check out the history of Easy Racers at: http://www.easyracers.com/racing.html . For casual riding, not just speed racing, recumbents are very nice. They're not you grandfather's bicycle but something you'll appreciate when you're that age.
Rocket J Squirrel

Santa Cruz, CA

#4 May 30, 2010
Dan, bikes 'n hubby's are a two way street. My wife started out, to use an analogy as an exotic racer and now to paraphrase Sam Kinison, I woke up with my mother in law's beach cruiser. It may be a little rusty in some of the joints but it's still comfortable and familiar. I know when it's about to throw a chain and know just how much brake to apply before it squeals in protest. though the tires seem to be a little more deflated than in yesteyear and makes sounds like cards attached to forks when, I wouldn't trade it in for anything... when it comes down to that final Jepardy question, supersex, I'll take the soup....
Downtown and Around

Ben Lomond, CA

#5 May 30, 2010
Dan, love the JB Jackson quote. And your perspective and writing. Thanks for a great start to the morning!
sounds of silence

Santa Cruz, CA

#6 May 30, 2010
Public Option Supporter wrote:
Did you know that Santa Cruz County has its own little piece of bicycle history?.
Santa Cruz had a bicycle museum in the Octagon building, along with several Bike Greenway events (across the US ending here). Easy Racers was showing in both. Easy Racers began in Freedom, but still is in Santa Cruz county- Hangar Way, Watsonville.
CapMom

Boulder Creek, CA

#7 May 30, 2010
I would much rather have a good bike then a new husband. If only the bike could provide a 2nd income, then it would be perfect!
A bike truly does change the life of a child. I was fortunate to grow up in Malibu. There was nothing to compare riding our bikes through the colony of Malibu next to the ocean. Today, it is nearly possible to ride in Santa Cruz, as we have no bike trails, so we go to Monterey where we can ride all day away from cars.
Rocket J Squirrel

Santa Cruz, CA

#8 May 30, 2010
sounds of silence wrote:
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Santa Cruz had a bicycle museum in the Octagon building, along with several Bike Greenway events (across the US ending here). Easy Racers was showing in both. Easy Racers began in Freedom, but still is in Santa Cruz county- Hangar Way, Watsonville.
Too cheap to take out an ad and have to resort to spamming an article to promote Easy Racers?, twice? BTW, I went into the old location to actually buy one and it took a lot of time to get any attention from anyone in the office like nearly 30 minutes and I felt like I was more of a nuisance that a potential sale. Then there was un-due pressure to buy on the spot without taking the time to walk me through the frame building process, finish and selection of equipment for a custom touring bike for my 6' 2" frame. If I had a client ready to spend $4K on the spot, I'd treat them with kid gloves, which I do. You never know what that one individual represents when they walk in the door. they could be window shopping, they could be the key to the next big development in sales. As insane as it may sound my experience was soured by Easy Racers, thanks, but I'm building my own from Robert Rileys carbon fiber Ground Hugger design. http://www.rqriley.com/xr2.htm
Rocket J Squirrel

Santa Cruz, CA

#9 May 30, 2010
CapMom wrote:
I would much rather have a good bike then a new husband. If only the bike could provide a 2nd income, then it would be perfect!
A bike truly does change the life of a child. I was fortunate to grow up in Malibu. There was nothing to compare riding our bikes through the colony of Malibu next to the ocean. Today, it is nearly possible to ride in Santa Cruz, as we have no bike trails, so we go to Monterey where we can ride all day away from cars.
when my son was young we used to load him unto his bike seat and ride from Castroville to PG and back with little inter-face with cars. Can you do that anywhere in Santa Cruz county and have near the same experience, uh no.
To segway to everyones favorite sunday topic du jur, the rail trail. I found it so depressing that we are considering a train that can barely rise above 10 mph without jumping the track when Japan is moving towards this...
. If the purchase only resulted in a 32 mile bike 'n hike trail, I'm all for it because the additional spending by families on weekends might just exceed the profit gained by SN in imaginary short haul. Oh granted we have west cliff and to an extent east cliff on Pleasure point, they could simply become side spurs of a north south bike trail also for the highway one pacific coast bike trail where more opportunity lies. It's old bike and hubby friendly too...

Since: May 10

Daly City, CA

#11 May 30, 2010
A little-known fact (which I just made up) is that in the year 1789, the word "arms" meant "bicycles." Thus, the second amendment is about the right of the people to keep and ride bicycles, this being necessary so that a wll-regulated militia can bike from place to place.

That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!
whistleberry

San Mateo, CA

#14 May 31, 2010
Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race. H. G. Wells ...
lil ol me

Santa Cruz, CA

#15 May 31, 2010
"...pure in heart."
Indeed we all get distracted from that first Bike Love - cars, girls, boys, jobs.
There are a few lucky ones who will come full circle and abandon those distractions at every opportunity just to feel the wind in our mouths and freedom beneath our wheels.
There are those of us who are luckier and fewer still who have a husband who is at least as good as her bike. I'd never trade either of them.
sounds of silence

Santa Cruz, CA

#16 May 31, 2010
Rocket J Squirrel wrote:
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Too cheap to take out an ad and have to resort to spamming an article to promote Easy Racers?, twice? m
Far from an ad or spam. I am not Public Option Supporter who brought up E.R. history. My first comment was completely about unfaithful housewives. My second comment was beginning about history in Santa Cruz and a comment to the Public supporter about a company which still exists. No address number- no phone number- no photo. Just assuming something that is not there warps subjects of entire strings and publics attitude. Now if I said I was an employee at Subrosa or my name was Becky Johnson; that just might be spam.

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