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Joyful (Virtually) 2nd Birthday, Platypus! – Bike Snob NYC


I don’t bear in mind when or the place, however in some unspecified time in the future I discussed that my elder son is a Aircraft Fred, and I wish to thank the one that recommended Touchdown Lights Park and Planeview Park for planespotting:

We swung by there whereas out on the Kissena Velodrome this weekend and it didn’t disappoint:

…although it did deafen.

That’s LaGuardia Airport, by the best way. Previous to this I’ve typically taken him to Jamaica Bay, since not solely is it near JFK, however there’s additionally some pure magnificence for the non-Aircraft Freds within the household to take pleasure in. Plus, I used to reside round there, so I can take little nostalgia journeys and relive my boyhood:

Learn how to catch fish:

  • Discover bottle or jar
  • Tie string round opening of bottle or jar
  • Put bread in bottle or jar
  • Submerge bottle or jar
  • Wait till jar is filled with hungry fish
  • Reel in jar

I’m not a Fish Fred so I don’t know what these are, however we used to name them “killies.” Whether or not that’s an precise kind of fish or a hyper-localism I don’t know. I’d think about a Fish Fred might use these as bait to catch greater fish, however my ambitions have been by no means that large…which just about explains the next course of my life, come to think about it:

And sure, I used to be relieved to be taught that these fish do eat gluten-free bread.

Talking of nature, I loved some this previous weekend, and it happens to me that this bike is now practically two (2) years previous:

Somebody who’s by no means ridden a Platypus would possibly take a look at the step-thru body and the basket and assume it’s simply an upright previous girl bike. (I imply no offense to older ladies, by the best way; I’m simply saying the type of people that make assumptions about Platypodes additionally little question dismiss individuals as “previous women.”) Actually, it’s a sprightly bike that encourages spirited using, each on pavement and on the “G-stuff:”

The 29er tires I’ve on there are overkill for the highway, however they’re numerous enjoyable off of it:

And along side the lengthy wheelbase, not solely is the bike extraordinarily clean, but it surely’s additionally just about unimaginable to spin out whereas climbing on unfastened terrain:

But regardless of the lengthy wheelbase it additionally adjustments route readily, like when you must keep away from an explosion of seasonal colour:

And naturally the basket means I can simply combine an errand or two into my journey, which permits me to faux I’m truly getting stuff carried out after I’m using it:

Principally, the key is to volunteer to go choose one thing up, after which to fade for 3 hours.

On the identical time, whereas the Platypus will not be even remotely plodding our ponderous (I imply it ain’t gentle, however until you’re carrying it up the steps you don’t discover), the truth that it’s an especially comfy bike with a step-thru body that’s very straightforward to decorate makes it an apparent alternative for around-town using. For that reason, along with being my go-to bike for mixed-terrain rides that additionally contain carrying stuff and or fetching stuff, it’s the bike I exploit for any and all household rides and date rides:

Together with seashore runs, clearly:

In different phrases, the Platypus accounts for just about all of my non-Strava mileage (in addition to a good quantity of my Strava mileage).

After all in an ideal world I’d be doing virtually all my mileage on the Platypus and Strava-ing none of it. Alas, I’m not there but–however I’m engaged on it. With a bit luck, I’ll get there finally.

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