Beacon Bicycle People: K*

We saw K*  pull up to Beacon Natural Market to do some grocery shopping and asked her a few questions before she rode away with her bounty.

How long have you been in Beacon? Almost two years. Before this I was in New Haven.

How long have you been riding? My whole life. Well, since I was five.

How does cycling in Beacon compare with cycling in New Haven? Beacon’s a little easier. There are not as many busy streets. And I’ve noticed they’ve done a few things, like painting those bikes in the road.

Those are called sharrows. Oh, sharrows. Right. I get it.

Why do you ride? I really don’t like driving into town. I don’t live that far away. I feel empowered. I like being able to hop on and go.

This enormous basket is great for hauling stuff, but remember a high rear load will affect the bike's handling.

This enormous basket is great for hauling stuff, but remember a high rear load will affect the bike’s handling. K* had a backpack to haul the heavy stuff.

Note the clever technique of locking the helmet. This works if you remember to go through the part of the strap that forms a triangle.

While at first glance this bicycle appears to be locked, it can be lifted right up and off the bike rack. This was for demonstration purposes only. Don’t do this with your bikes, kids!

Today's battery headlights are inexpensive and fairly effective.

This Peugeot mixte probably came with drop handlebars. Today’s battery headlights are inexpensive and fairly effective.

 

 

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