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September 23, 2009


In many ways this represents my ideal bicyclist: A regular joe on his way to his
whereto, no special clothes, not even a helmet. Biking's just a part of his day to
day and probably has been for 50 years. He doesn't appear to be exceptionally
fit but that's OK, he's not out to set any land speed records and so        
probably won't be a menace to pedestrians and other cyclists,        
unlike Spandexed wannabes or amphetamined messengers.        
The bike isn't fancy but exhibits some common sense        
features--chain guard, lights powered by rim generator,
fenders, and a wicker basket that certainly wasn't
factory-installed equipment. It even has gears
and brakes. It's neither status symbol nor
fashion statement. It's just one of the
better ways to get around Vienna
and he takes to the streets