Join Date: Sep 2005
Bikes: Surly Big Dummy, Fuji World, 80ish Bianchi
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One of the great things about my many deployments to Japan when I was in the military was the Navy Exchange's bicycle rental operation. For just a few bucks, you could rent what we called a 'benjo bomber' for the duration of your time deployed there. They were basically cruiser bikes with fenders and dynamo lights.
My LBS sits adjacent to the O&E Towpath and does a very brisk rental business as well.
I think having the ability to rent a bike in the urban downtown areas would be great, but unfortunately many downtown areas, downtown Cleveland being one example, are far from bike friendly for the normal rider, unless you ride the sidewalks as a ped. I wish more cities were like Portland, from the standpoint of providing facilities for cyclists who are not alpha-dawg road riders like me.
"Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey