Images of my suburban dreamworld: 10

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This is my 2013 Jamis Commuter 1 propped up on its seat and handlebars for its monthly chain cleaning. Don’t ask my why I love this bike so much. It’s cheap, heavy, slow, and has required a lot of maintenance over the past few years. Nevertheless it gets me 7 miles to work in the morning, and 7 miles back home in the evening. It’s got a rack for panniers and a chain guard so I don’t have to roll my pants up. It’s so cheap I really don’t have to worry about it being stolen. It’s my bad weather bad neighborhood, leave it at the train station all day and ride it through the rain any time I want bike. When it breaks I’ll get a new one.

I sometimes wonder why people buy mountain bikes for commuting, especially full suspension mountain bikes, especially poorly made, and quite frankly dangerous full suspension mountain bikes from department stores. The Jamis Commuter 1 is cheap and heavy but it’s also simple and well-made. Front shocks are meaningless on suburban streets. A rear suspension on a bike that costs under $2000 is absurd. I suppose it’s all about the “cool factor.” Department stores like Walmart sell dangerous, $200 dollar full suspension mountain bikes because kids like to pretend they’re riding state of the art $2000 dollar full suspension mountain bikes. Then these bikes don’t get used and get sold to very poor people for $25 dollars. I’ve seen Hispanic restaurant workers riding $25 dollar used mountain bikes in January through snow packed roads. They put me to shame, but they’re something to aspire to as worthy in their own way as Chris Froome or Peter Sagan.

The Jamis Commuter 1 will get me through snow-packed salt and brine covered roads this Winter.

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10 comments

  1. “If I get my mom to buy me these Jordans, I’ll be putting up blocks like Luc Longley!”

    As it turns out, your mom is a prudent financial expert who constantly finds herself telling your father that x, y, or z is too expensive. You never did get that pair of Jordans, but with your thirty dollar pair of Champions from Payless, your three-ball might still suck but you can box out like a motherfucker.

  2. Luc Longley? Haven’t heard that name in awhile.

    1. I think he’s most famous for being the tall guy from Jordan’s Bulls who WASN’T Toni Kukoč.

      1. Steve Kerr at a mere 6 foot three being the little guy.

        1. Basketball, where the taller guys take the shorter shots and the shorter guys take the longer shots.

          1. Except for Reggie Miller when he’s being guarded by the Knicks.

            1. :: hangs head defeatedly ::

  3. Although I think Reggie was one of the taller guys with a deep ball, at least back then. I think Steph Curry might be as tall as him.

    1. Or, one uses Google before opening their mouth, and discovers that Curry is four inches shorter. Man, I wasn’t even close.

    2. Reggie is 6’7″. Petrovic was 6’5″ (sort of short to average for the NBA I guess).

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