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A Really Cool Thing Happened On The Way To Work Today...(6 posts)

A Really Cool Thing Happened On The Way To Work Today...Gregory Taylor
Apr 16, 2003 8:02 AM
Okay, how many folks out there would let a complete stranger try out their new bike? Hmmm...I don't see many hands out there. Not surprising, really. But I'm here to tell you that there is at least one very friendly guy out there who is just sooo tickled with his new Ellsworth Isis mountain bike that he just had to share it with me this morning.

I was doing the morning commuter thing -- Wednesday is usually the "hour of power" commuting session where the gang that I ride in with try our best to beat each other senseless on the way to work. Lots of good old-fashioned testosterone-laden neanderthal fun. However, I wound up riding in solo this morning because the other members of Rolling Thunder (this has more to do with size and flatulence than speed, trust me) decided to take the day off. One was playing golf, the other taking a daughter to look at colleges, so I was left to my own devices on what has turned out to be a stunningly beautiful day. Selecting the fixie from the stable, I decided to work on my spin and set a fixed gear speed record between Alexandria and DC.

Much sweat and lactic acid later, and with the fixed gear record securely within my grasp, I was crossing into DC over the 14th Street Bridge. There was a back-up on the bridge....in the bike lane? Yes, in the bike lane. The gorgeous weather draws out the casual commuter, and there was a line of hybrids and mountain bikes proceeding slowly across the bridge.

Tootling along at the back of the pack, I noticed that the guy in front of me was on a beautiful new Ellsworth mountain bike. Cool. A real nice bike. Always wanted to ride one.

We pop down off of the bridge and I start to go by Ellsworth Dude. I toss off a jaunty "Sweeeet Ellsworth!" as I start to accellerate...and then I get into a conversation with the guy. Anyway, to cut to the chase, in the ensuing 50 yards he made the unsolicited offer to let me try his bike, and we pulled over to let me give it a whirl. I threw a leg over the new Ellsworth in front of the Jefferson Memorial, while my friend held my fixie. For the next five minues I was hopping curbs, bouncing on the suspension, and generally having a blast on this new, really great dual suspension bike.

How cool is that?

I offered Ellsworth Dude an opportunity to try Trixie the Fixie, the current fixed gear speed record holder between Alexandria and DC, but he declined. We rode together up to the Washington Monument talking about bikes, where I peeled off for work.

I've had a very stupid grin on my face all day, just tapping into the infectious enthusiasm that the Ellsworth Dude has for his very trick ride. Because, after all, it CAN be about the bike. And the people who ride them....
re: A Really Cool Thing Happened On The Way To Work Today...Tower
Apr 16, 2003 8:06 AM
Cool story.

As an aside, it must be fun to bike to work in DC. Not real feasible here in Houston. Very bike unfriendly.
Extremely Bike UNFRIENDLY!!! and too spread out!!n.m.CaliforniaDreaming
Apr 16, 2003 9:59 AM
Nice guys don't always finish lastt-bill
Apr 16, 2003 8:33 AM
That's a pretty cool story. It's good to hear that nice guys don't always finish last. As far as I'm concerned he was at the head of the pack!
Nice post. I especially liked the "Rolling Thunder" part! ;-)jtferraro
Apr 16, 2003 9:58 AM
Nice. Contrary to popular belief, there are some cool folksdjg
Apr 16, 2003 10:25 AM
commuting into DC every morning. I still remember the guy in the Squadra Coppi jersey who offered up his last tube when I was stupid enough to flat on the rare day I forgot my saddle bag last year.