The Cannodale Hooligan continues to prove itself as a very versatile bike. The afternoon before flying to Denver, I raced around town on the little-wheeled bike in search of a suitable bag to pack it in. In the end, I decided that a pair of durable black plastic trash bags would be best, with the aid of a roll of duct tape. Total cost: about $6.
Twenty five miles pavement riding, fast– check
Pack my bags with camera socks and a sleeping bag the night before, around midnight.
I awoke at 3:30AM to ride to the airport by 4:30, to check the bike by 5:00 to board the plane by 5:30 to arrive in Denver by 7:30.
Cross-town ride in the dark to the ABQ International Sunport. Pack the bike in about 15-20 minutes– check
At the last moment I noticed my multi-tool in my pocket, which would be confiscated at security. I tore open a hole in the plastic bag, packed the tool away, and taped the hole closed. I did not realize that the bag was not fully sealed elsewhere, as I had used two bags in opposite directions. I arrived in Denver without a tool to re-assemble the bike. After some digging around with various airlines, I finally found 4 and 5 mm hex wrenches and an adjustable crescent wrench. Roll out. RTD bus to downtown Denver, $11. Bike the last mile or two to NAHBS in the sun.
Ride to NAHBS, with the help of a bus and an airplane– check.
What’s in the bag? A kinetic sculpture. Mobility device. Materials for a trade show. A new wheelchair for my mom, aunt, great uncle…most definitely not a bike.