Last week a friend of a friend borrowed one of my mountain bikes for a 4 day cycling tour of the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka. Last night he returned said mountain bike along with a six pack of Sapporo Black Label and a new set of brake pads.
This got me thinking. I should lend out this bike to anyone who promises to return it with a six pack of beer and a new component, until it has been fully upgraded and I have a beer gut that reaches the floor.
Obviously this will only work while it is possible to upgrade a cheap component such as a cable, or the grips. Nobody is going to borrow it on the condition that they return it with a new set of cranks!
But hey, its worth a try.
June 03, 2010
The Loaner Bike
Father of two, husband of one, lover of family, bicycles and running.
Urban Cycling Consultant, Tokyo By Bike.
Byron Kidd is the founder of the Tokyo By Bike website, writer, experienced urban cyclist, and expert on cycling in the staggering metropolis of Tokyo.
Working with NPO's and cycling activists to improve cycling infrastructure in Japan, Byron also operates internationally via a vast network of renowned urban mobility experts to promote Japanese cycling culture, and demonstrate how everyday cycling can work in megacities around the world. No city is too big for the bicycle.
Day Job, Software Developer.
Writing code and stuff, for games and things.