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Some days have themes. I don't necessarily post something in each of these topic areas every week.

Sunday: Church-related or spiritual things.
Monday: Running.
Tuesday: Books.
Wednesday: Transportation.
Friday: Green living.

01 June 2011

My Own Fleet

Last week's Car-Free Wednesday post turned into a carsharing lovefest, which I'm totally cool with doing from time to time. But today, I'm back to my much more frequent mode of transportation: Cycling.

The former "fleet". Both of which had
bad brakes. (I've heard they are now
repaired & have been donated to a
homeless shelter in Lubbock, which
makes me pretty happy.)
A guy from a local bike shop encouraged me a couple of months ago to consider expanding my cycling family beyond one bike. (Well, of course he did-- that's his job!) But, it's not like it was something I haven't thought about. Here are some bicycles that I dream about adding to my fleet:

A folding bicycle: For greater ease of using buses, trains, airplanes, or a car2go. Although the first three will all accommodate standard bicycles, a folding one would eliminate a lot of the fuss currently associated with taking a bike on public transport. And since car2go has itty bitty smart cars with no bicycle racks, a folding bike is the only way to go multi-modal with them.

A tandem: For trips with Chad.

A cargo bike: For moving more stuff around than will fit in my panniers. Or for moving small people, since most modern cargo bikes include a child seat and seat belts.

A racing bike: Because my road bike just isn't the thing for triathlons.

A trailer: I probably wouldn't need one of these if I had a cargo bike. But it serves the same purpose, minus the child-carrying thing. Unless I get a child-carrying trailer, but that's not really the kind of trailer I'm talking about.

And my husband also has some dream bikes in mind, but you'd have to ask him what they are. Also, if I'm going to have this many bikes someday, I'll need a regular-sized garage just to have a place to park them all.

So, what's your dream transportation? It doesn't have to be cycling-related; I'm totally cool with you dreaming about cars! What do you like? (Although if you want to share your dream bike, that would be brilliant.)


mshatch said...

assuming money is no object it would be a '67 Shelby Mustang (exactly like the one in the movie Inner Space), or a Porsche Cayman S.

Kittie Howard said...

My dream would be to have bike paths so I could actually ride my bike without the fear of a car hitting me.

Anonymous said...

Assuming that I wasn't (and I AM) crippled up with osteo arthritis my dream conveyance would be a Harley Soft Tail. As this won't happen in this lifetime I'll settle for a Dodge Ram step side long box four door with hemi. Vroom vroom.

anthony stemke said...

I like Ferrari automobiles; yes a dream. Bicycling here is hard, the hills are steep and continuous, but one just here around the house would be good exercise as an adjunct to my jump-rope, which is not mobile.
I guess I'd like a small traveling van so the BW and I could travel more.

Nahno McLein said...

My bike is my most important vehicle in Berlin. I drive everywhere and it's not just the good workout. It's fun too. I love it.
Nahno ∗ McLein

Su said...

@mshatch: Hey, as long as we're dreaming, I'm sure money is no object. It's just when you go back to Realityville that they demand payment.

@Kittie: That's my dream, too. :/

@mybabyjohn: Shame about the arthritis, but wow! Nice dream conveyance!

@anthony: Nice!!

@Nahno: I feel the same way about mine! Only in Austin, not Berlin.

nutschell said...

I just recently fell inlove with biking--when I went on a 20 mile bike ride in Salisbury. I'm not the best cyclist, but I'd sure love to have my own bike. I love those folding bikes I saw around London.:D

Will Burke said...

With the child, I'm glad I have a car, but a few years ago, I didn't mind the bus -- it was a good time to read or enjoy music. I think our next purchase will be the minivan (AKA "Loser Cruiser") Hardly a dream, but it will be easier to travel with kids.

Su said...

@nutschell: Wow, 20 miles? Good for you!

@Will: Hee! Believe it or not, I actually know a few childless couples with minivans. And I don't know any minivan owners who are losers. :)

Laraine Eddington said...

I have a cruiser with a basket and a big comfortable seat. I love it.

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Julie Musil said...

We live out in the country, so I don't ride my bike as much as I'd like. But when we go camping, our whole family goes for long bike rides. Especially when we camp at the beach!

Su said...

That sounds lovely. I've never ridden my bike on the beach!

Karen Peterson said...

I really want a bike, but storage is a problem for me. I don't really have anywhere to put it. A folding bike, though...that's an idea that's got me thinking...