San Francisco II: More great folk from a common spoke
|Folders not forgotten: Robert van der Plas of Cyclepublishing.com shows off his latest book: Bicycle Technology, which, unlike many bicycle books, has a decent section on folding bikes. Spot the Friday!|
Working backwards, I had dinner with Robert van der Plas of cyclepublishing.com, a small but earnest publisher of informational and educational bicycle titles. I was impressed to see one of his two new books, "Bicycle Technology", include a certain small, strange little bike that I ride ...
The other book, about the black cyclist Major Taylor, brought back memories of one of my first events at Bike Friday way back in 2002: presenting to the Kids of B.I.K.E. group for which Major Taylor is the father figure:
Dan Kaljian, Paul Skilbeck and I had dinner with Robert in his neck of the woods "9th and Irving", south of Golden Gate Park. I could not believe the quirky weather conditions for which this pocket of San Francisco is infamous - misty, foggy, boggy weather!
I kid you not, it was like getting off the bus in the middle of a London fog. "It's perfect," said Robert. "Can't stand all that bright sun." Here's a shot of the area from the Golden Gate Park De Young and Natural History museums. Apparently it's due to a lump of hill called Twin Peaks. Where's that bulldozer?
So to bahn mi sandwiches: I was invited to zip across to Berkeley to join Gerd and Susan Rosenblatt - with whom I rode Route 66 in 2006 - for a highly rated Bahn Mi Vietnamese sandwich in the otherwise unremarkable Peppermint stripmall in El Cerrito:
Gerd had read about them in a New York Times article about sandwiches and googled for a recommended purveyor on the west coast. Below you can see the uplifting effect it had on us - bundle us in a photo booth and we'd be impossible!
|L to R: Dan Kaljian, Susan Rosenblatt, Lye Kok, Me, Gerd Rosenblatt. Gerd, a double-century kinda guy in his mid-seventies, is recovering from "a silly fall" but hopes to be back on the bike soon ...|
A subsequent stroll along the Richmond waterfront reveals this history of female wartime workers - Rosie the Riveter is the heroine figure.
I was all set to bike to Berkeley using John Chamberlain's 16 lb Dahon in conjunction with the Muni/Bart, but Bike Friday customer Dan Kaljian insisted on taxiing me around in his Smart Car - yes, that IS a Hawaiian lei he's sporting!
The morning started out with my host Paul Skilbeck heading out for a spin on his impossibly light 16 lb Specialized bike. But does it fold? I'll see you at the other end of Muni!
Tomorrow... my penultimate day in SF, with a ride to Rodeo Beach over the GG bridge, with however shows up ...
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