Pay it Forward

Just had the fortune to chat with a third generation bike rider. Some might say toddlers are the future of biking. I beg to differ. It is young people, teenagers and twenty somethings who are changing our streets now. The future is here folks, just get on board and put a bike between your legs. 

This young woman explained briefly the history of her bike. It was her grandfathers and her mother rode it at one time, but otherwise it has been in the family since the 1930’s. Grandfather is 94 and still driving a car. Having an object passed down is something rare these days. Passing on real values is even rarer. Finding that a simple and elegant tool has survived through world wars and massive technological change is like finding the holy grail. It wasn’t a golden chalice we have been searching for. When the bicycle has been there right before our eyes all the time.

Good design and functionality  can be found in our objects de auto as well. When Cuba was cut off by US embargoes it became imperative to make do with fixing up the old stuff.

Should heaps of discarded stuff beckon more and more stuff? When is enough really enough? When is maxed out no more or less a drunken stupor? 

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