Friday, November 14, 2008

A Great Way To Start The Day

We're still having shorts and flip flop weather in November. It was unseasonably warm again this morning, with temperatures in the high 70s and clear, blue skies. My favorite neighbors stopped by on their bicycles and invited me along for a ride. There's one steep hill to the east, then lots of flat streets running north and south - only a few cars and people out walking dogs, so we had the streets pretty much to ourselves. It's fun to go slow and look at peoples' yards and what they've got planted.

Check out that bicycle on the left. The rider modified a small gas engine and attached it to the bike. He's got it rigged somehow so he can either pedal it like a regular bike or use the engine, which has a clutch and gears. He worked on it all summer, adjusting, disassembling the motor and rebuilding it from scratch. The little gas tank is made out of an old chrome polish can. Ingenious!

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