My bicycle is our second car. I love to bicycle in all weather, for all distances, and on all routes. Bicycling has brought so much joy to my life, and I want to share it with anyone who is interested. I will use my soapbox to tell you about the ...
My bicycle is our second car. I love to bicycle in all weather, for all distances, and on all routes. Bicycling has brought so much joy to my life, and I want to share it with anyone who is interested. I will use my soapbox to tell you about the joys, the freedom, the benefits, and, yes, the challenges of bicycling and walking for transportation.
My daughter got her license last week and drove herself to school and work for the first time on Tuesday. We’d just discovered a headlight was out on the car. Since she had the car, we hadn’t had a chance to replace the headlight. I realized that she’d be driving home from work at night by herself for the first time. All of this is pretty scary for a parent, and I’d be happier if she were doing it with both headlights.
It was dark when I biked to the auto store to buy a replacement bulb. “Those are so bright,” said another customer as I wheeled up with all my flashing lights. “I’ve never seen lights like that. So many colors.”
I love the attention the Monkey Lights get. On summer nights, I hear people on their porches “ooh” and “aah” as I bike down the street.
I got the replacement bulb and biked to my daughter’s work place. I moved the car under a street light and attempted to change the bulb. After I’d been at it for 40 minutes, her shift was over. I had gotten the old bulb out and the new bulb in but it wasn’t seated properly. I shrugged and she drove home.
I still needed to pick up a few things for supper. While I was locking up my bike at the grocery store, a friend saw me and said, “Where did you get those lights? I saw you from across the parking lot.” I treated him to all the details about every light on my bike. The colorful Monkey Lights are the most flamboyant, but I’m also proud of my Reelights (magnet-powered) and the headlamp (generator hub).
The next day we took the car to the mechanic to get the headlight fixed.