Would have liked to take “Fluffy” (the Cloud Bike) out for her maiden voyage to the “Tour de Fat”, but seeing how this was such a novelty ride, I decided to go with the “Taxi” bike. This resulted in a last minute call for my fashionista and it was then into my phone booth and ready to go!
I met Alan, Nigel and (stand by for name, brain glitch) at Caltrains and headed for the Ferry Building. We picked up our Tandem Dave & Lisa at Noahs, Lisa had about a Bakers dozen with cream cheese and was well into her 6th bagel and almost ready to go. As I nervously tapped my feet and twiddled my thumbs… She plowed through 5 more and gave 1! We launched down the Market st. corridor.
As we got to Market and 7th there was a crowd standing around a mini-van in the middle of the plaza with the front quarter panel and front wheel sheered off. The woman driving was hanging out the widow unconscious but seemed alive and after a minute opened her eyes. Side impact bags work! Otherwise she would not be with us. 4 minutes early and we could very well have been hood ornaments. I shuddered at the thought and decided to split, the Ambulance was there now.
We hustled through the Duboce triangle where I almost got left hooked by some idiot with no turn signal who was stopped for a significant amount of time before I passed on the left just as they decided to turn into a drive. I Shouted “have a good day my fine sir” and gave him a tip of my top hat. We ventured on enjoying the freedom of our Penny Farthings!
We arrived at the meadows and the vibe was very nice, but the weather was freezing! I decided not being a beer guy I'd pass on the beer and leave early. There was a trailer there with the Fat Tire logo and which served as the the MC's podium.
OwlBoogie showed up on his fine 85 Schwinn with his Pop's. I ran into some other aquintences I had not seen in awhile. Gary (Steelblue) showed up looking buffed and all bikey with his 24 year old Eddy Mercyx which I hadn't seen live yet. Cool looking machine and his bike looked good too! : )
The Marching band was weird and really cool at the same time. You guys would have loved it! They played the strangest compositions, but really well. They we're worth the whole trip. We all went out to the road, (100's) and did a fun loop in the park with a police escort. There we're some great people and crazy cool bikes.
I had to split, it was just to damn cold! I rode back with D&L. I decided to take them for my favorite ride in the city. “Oak Street Gauntlet”. If you haven't done it I'll take you on it some time. Hands down the most invigorating ride in SF. If you start at GGpark on Oak you'll hit every light green to Franklin and more. Close to 2 miles in tight fast moving traffic slight downgrade and rapid tailwind. A motopacing joy! I couldn't wait to do it with a tandem. Dave & Lisa KILLED IT!!!!!!!... Lis was traumatized but I think she really dug it. Dave was Stoked! Literally. I was topped out and pedaling like a Gerbal on crack! So we bid farewell, and put yet another Epic ride with friends behind me.
Thanks every one. I really enjoyed it. Especially Alan thanks for putting out the call!