As i sit here and ponder the logistics of getting self and bike to Pasadena for Velo Rendezvous, it strikes me that I don't really have a machine that cries to be seen in public. One possible bike was just sold, the other is at the painters with scant hope of returning in time, and nothing else in the fleet really fits the announced themes or would strongly contribute to the overall air of classy machines at Chuck's little clam bake. Oh, I'm proud of each of them in their own little ways, but none of them would generate a crowd of admirers at the show on Sunday. So why should I lug a bike through the airport or trust it to the shipping gorillas if I can avoid it?
Therefore, I thought I might ask if someone driving to Velo R might have an extra bike to rent me to ride for the events, Thursday to Sunday. I'd prefer nothing too fancy, just a nice "B" or "C" level bike from your fleet so I can enjoy the rides. Not your Confete or Herse with the Fiamme Ergal wheels shod with NOS Criterium Setas: I'd be too afraid to take it out of the parking lot. And as I'm a well grown lad, something with relaxed geometry and strudy clincher rims preferred.
I'll happily pay what it would cost me to transport one of my bikes (around $100) just for the simplified logistics. I'll bring my own saddle and pedals (if needed), plus my own bike acoutrements (water bottle, frame pump, saddle bag, tools etc etc). Ideal size is 62 - 63 cm with a 57 to 59 cm top tube, but I can ride anything from a 60 cm to a 65 cm seat tube. Condition irrelevant: indeed, as one of the founding fathers of the funk bike school, the funkier the better in many cases.
Here's your chance to demonstrate to your significant other that all those bikes were a shrewd investment, just waiting for a chance to bring in scads of dough. Indeed, I'll write you a real sincere receipt with any amount on it you want. And of course if, God Forbid or drunk drivers find me, there's an accident I'll be 100% responsible for the welfare of your baby.
Replies off list, I think. Thanks for your consideration.
Tom Adams, Shrewsbury NJ
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