Bay Area Bike Transit (BABT)


A quick business trip to the Bay, and a borrowed bike– a Trek 1000 road bike. I travelled with a minimum of gear for an urban bike trip, including a sleeping bag and bivy; an extra shirt, socks and underwear; and a toothbrush, mini bike lock and electronics chargers. It all fit snugly into my Carradice Lowsaddle Longflap bag, which nestled into that underappreciated space between the seatstays and the saddle; the bag–bedfellows, but not a bother to the rear brake, tire and seatpost binder.


Big B, little b…A Brooks saddle on a bike borrowed; a bag–bedfellows to the brake and bolt– bundled with bread from the panaderia. The bivy and bag, in the backyard of a house full of guests, resting near the compost and chicken coop.

C, c, C…Clear skies, courting calm and restful days in coastal California; cycling about town with a friend from Tacoma and another from Glacier. Remember Jane?

I read Dr. Seuss to kids who appreciate the sound of words more than their meaning– a one year old and his three year old sister whose names both begin with Z. Over and over and over.


Now wait a minute, Mr. Socks Fox!

When a fox is in the bottle where the tweetle beetles battle with their paddles in a puddle on a noodle-eating poodle,
THIS is what they call…

…a tweetle beetle
noodle poodle
bottled paddled
muddled duddled
fuddled wuddled fox in socks, sir!

Fox in socks, our game is done, sir.
Thank you for a lot of fun, sir.

–from “Fox in Socks” by Dr. Seuss







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