July 26, 2013 in You Pedal
Last week I found myself in Deep Ellum on not one, but two occasions. After one of my meetings in the area, I took a spin around the block to look at the bikes parked along the street. During my first loop, I saw a parked tricycle, but couldn’t find a parking spot to stop and take a photo. During my second go around, the bike was no longer parked, but being pedaled down the road. I quickly pulled ahead, stopped my car, and met Olon:
You said you have a lot of bikes. Awesome! How many bikes do you have, and why do you have so many?
I currently own about 10 bicycles. A racer, a road bike, a mountain bike and the one you saw…my Deep Ellum Cruiser. I first got it to go to the Farmers Market so I could bring back a watermelon. Turns out, it works terrific at the Market because you can pedal right up to the vendor’s stall. It is also good for taking my little dogs to the Dog Park. They love it. But as it turns out, my favorite use is going on pub crawls through Deep Ellum…three wheels can often be the difference between making it home safely or a case of road rash.
I also have several vintage bicycles that have all European components and parts, Italvegas, Motbecanes, Peugeot (before they moved production to Japan), an Old Schwinn or two, and a BMX.
I love your tricycle. Do you get a lot of looks when you ride it around Deep Ellum?
I have noticed that the tricycle gets much more respect from the motoring public than a normal bicycle,especially when I have a dog or a big ol’ watermelon in the basket. Lots of smiles and waves all around.
Have you always loved bikes?
I rode a bicycle until I got my drivers license at age 14. I got back on in college, but it was not until about thirty years ago, when I was in my late 20′s, that I became a dedicated cyclist and advocate for pedal power. I try to take a bicycle on every vacation; there is not a better way to explore new place. I recently rode all over Manhattan, which was very cool. And I really had an exciting experience when coming back from California; I was able to play downhill speedracer in the Chocolate Mountains.What a thrill!
My favorite city is Amsterdam because of the bicycle culture, the entire country for that matter. It is soo coool to pass through a train station and see literally thousands of bicycles in the parking lot.
Next time you are in Deep Ellum, be on the look out for Olon, and for a lot of other bikes parked along the road. Thanks, Olon, for letting me take your picture!