20 December 2010

Cargo Bike Tales

Flea Market
Last week, inbetween snowstorms, I headed out to the island of Amager to pick up some stuff I bought from a friend who was selling up before moving back to Brooklyn.

It wasn't a heavy load but it was one of the more motley loads I've had on the Bullitt. A set of drawers from a old chemists, a rice cooker, a DVD player, a vintage pasta maker and a number of books. I've read all of them before but it was time to read them again.

I buy - and subsequently read of course - an outrageous number of books each year. I have, however, developed a habit of getting rid of them after I've read them. It started in 1999. I had over 1000 books in my flat and in a moment of clarity I realised that by keeping them in my flat I was keeping them off the literary market. It was like borrowing a bike share bike and then not returning it.

I like it when people have a library at home but it suddenly didn't appeal to me. I donated them all to the library. Even 11 years on I still make regular trips to the library with books - several times a year. They don't say no to new books, only read once. Who would?

In this batch there is Kurt Vonnegut's 1985 novel "Galapagos". In it there is a futuristic device called a Mandarax that can translate thousands of languages instantly, as well as many other functions. It resembles a smart phone, actually. And it was a bit spooky to read about this new smart phone function called Word Lens.

Then there is Sartre's "Nausea", Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" and a Danish translation of Weber's "The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism". Not show is a collection of Dr. Seuss stories for the kids.
Cargo Bike Bikes
Sending books onwards to benefit other readers is kind of like bicycles. I gathered today some old kids' bicycles in the back yard of our building and cycled them down to the good people at Baisikeli. Not surprisingly, I trailed another Copenhagen transporting something big on their bicycle. A mattress by the looks of it.

Friday Night Bullitt
Unlike books and bikes, friends stick around. The library doesn't want them. Some of our friends live in the suburbs and take the train in when the boys go out at night. Good thing I had the Bullitt. It was tough to get it up to speed but then it rolled along nicely. Especially after a few drinks.

Felix Bullitt 3
It is mostly the kids that I schlep around on the cargo bike. Here are Felix and I heading home in the snow one evening.


shuichi said...

Ah, I am going to post my thought after reading this entry. The long-styled bicycle seems to be cool and a good worker. Anyway, you have read so many books that I am very surprised! I have used most of time for my job. (So it has been very precious to spend time with my daughters with my mama bicycle.Oh,you can carry child by mama bicycle smoothly!). Anyway, I have read this entry twice but I might not fully understand what you wrote. Sorry, I have to study more English. But you are very lucky that there are so nice friends around you although your books were left from you. Thanks.

Coyot said...
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Coyot said...

Damn life, one that was what I wanted, but no money to acquire up to a slipper

BikeBike said...

Ah, the cargo bike - the machine that singlehandedly changed the direction of my life - how I love thee!

So many options out there to create your own "cargo bike tales". My recommendation is to get one, right quick - you won't regret it.

Check out this one - http://instagr.am/p/nzLh/ - we will probably offer it at BikeBike in 2011 as an entry level cargo bike for around $1050ish CDN.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Lasse said...

speaking of the Bullit. I witnessed a Copenhagenizing moment this morning. A snow driving ready bullit with its front wheel weighed down by 3 big n heavy strapped in rocks, stones. "the front wheel is to light with out the rocks" he said. "That's the thanks you get for buying a light expensive bike" I replied. We laughed, and then the light turned green.

pedalpusher said...

Ah books. I have thought of doing the same but question the Public Library's policy regarding donated books. One time I asked If I donated my books, would they be placed into the local library system ? I was informed that they would go into the Central system and that sometimes they might very well be thrown out.

Considering ours (and the Western worlds) recent assault on information transparency and thinking hypothetically, My Graphic Novels, Militaria and Outdoors books would gain the cherished barcode. Titles from Michael Moore, Christopher Hedges, Anthony Swofford, ..enter the round cabinet!

Your Sartre and Weber would probably get through (They would probably think it would just sit on the shelves). Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" and it's possible association to Coppola's "Apocalypse Now", I don't know, heheh! Books. Much too cerebral.

HallucinatingSapience said...

Really nice.
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