Join Date: May 2007
Bikes: in descending order of amount ridden: Panasonic 2000, Alpha Mercury prototype (fixed), 1960s Rolfast Tandem, a couple of Bilenkys, Bickerton, Albino Rhino Chopper
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Mostly we get positive comments, but we're in the city where people are more used to bikes. Tandems seem to generate quite a bit of delight... a lot of people laugh at us.
When using the bike as a taxi for my wife, a Philly favorite is:
"I got me a token"
I once dropped my wife off at a meeting at 8:00AM on a Saturday morning in downtown Philly. It was a summer day, and very quiet. A few drunken individuals were staggering around, clearly still somewhere in the night before. One saw me and started singing, surprisingly tuneful "One - is - the loneliest number..."
Someone yelled at us from a doorway in West Philly once "I'll give you a reefer for a ride on that thing"
My personal favorite while passing some incredulous youths playing basketball on the city street:
"This isn't ****ing Disneyland!" Clearly, a geeky white couple riding a tandem through a rough neighborhood really does make it more like Disneyland. Without the contribution from this streetwise poet I would never have realized that.