Hello from the Bay Area

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by KeelHauler, Sep 5, 2008.

  1. KeelHauler

    KeelHauler New Member

    I've been lurking these forums for the past month or so, and I must thank you guys for all the problems you've already gotten me through with my bike!
     

  2. sk8erpunk

    sk8erpunk Member

    Hey brother, I'm in the bay area too. Welcome. I am pretty new here too.
     
  3. KeelHauler

    KeelHauler New Member

    well hello. what kind of setup do you have?
     
  4. sk8erpunk

    sk8erpunk Member

    i have a late 2007 Whizzer NE5. Been riding out here at the beach, sunset, avenues, and Golden Gate park. I've seen 2 stroke bikes around here too. Definitely getting more popular around here!!!
     
  5. TwoWalks

    TwoWalks Member

    Not the bay area but close, Sonora, east of Modesto. Welcome to the forum.
     
  6. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Hello Keelhauler and sk8terpunk,

    I'm a former SF bike messenger (early 80s). Yesterday morning I heard a story on NPR saying that that industry is shrinking. It's a pity. A great life for a young single with no dependants. I have a lot of very fond memories of bicycling and motorcycling around the city and the bay. And I'm glad to hear that MBs are becoming more common there. Though I might be a bit shy about motorizing under such crowded conditions. Still, the cities are the most likely place to see less autos and more alternatives as a reaction to high fuel prices. You might have a golden age starting.

    Best of luck to both of you.
     
  7. sk8erpunk

    sk8erpunk Member

    hey bluegoatwoods, the bike messenger industry took a hit with the dot com crash. people no longer use couriers when they can send everything via e-mail. Zeitgeist, however, still lives on (the bike messenger bar with the great outdoor patio -- not sure if it was around when you were here). I have actually been wondering if they would even let me take my bike into the back (patio) because it has a motor on it. I'd much prefer it on the patio where I can watch it than locked to a post on Valencia and Duboce (where I can't keep an eye on it). I live out at Ocean Beach/Sunset/Avenues/GG Park/SFSU area. This is the only area I have been riding so far. While I do plan to drive to the Haight and Lower Haight (cutting through the park to get there) and possibly the Mission, I have not yet done so. I am certainly not motorbiking on Market Street and wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Just so you know, not only has the bike messenger industry died, bicycle fatalities are up big time in SF. One of the worst areas is on Divisidero (specifically Fell and Lincoln where they cross Divis.). I also saw a bike get creamed by a car on Stanyan (it was the bicyclists fault ... he was screaming down Stanyan at 2 am and ran a red light - he just slammed right into a car). This is not a good city for bikes. It is a small city and it should be more bike friendly than it is, but ... I've heard that they are making serious, dedicated (i.e. separated/divided) bike lines throughout Seattle now. I think in this type of congestion, it would be the only way to remain truly safe. For me, if/when I do go down into the City (even though I technically live "in" the City) it will only be on the side streets.

    Good to meet you Two Walks! There are motorbikes everywhere!
     
  8. TwoWalks

    TwoWalks Member

    There is going to be a whizzer ralley coming up but those of us with China Motors are welcome - Check out this post - should be a great way for all of us to meet.
     
  9. sk8erpunk

    sk8erpunk Member

    yeah, Two Walks, I am gonna try to come. I just have to figure out my vehicle situation ...
     
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