Before being annexed by Seattle in 1910, Georgetown was a wide-open saloon town with its own horse racing track, leading a local preacher to dub it œthe cesspool of Seattle. Built up by workers at Boeing and the Rainier Brewing Company, the neighborhood, just south of downtown, faltered in the postwar era. Interstate 5 drove a concrete and rebar stake through its heart.
As I described it, Adobe killed Fremont and it was reborn in Georgetown. The article doesn’t mention the bike piles, tall bikes, scooter shop, artist lofts, or biker clubhouses you find in Georgetown as well.
- Stand Over Height – Fully loaded, with kids, a spouse, or Clip-n-Seals, the stand-over height of Bettie is always a concern and difficult. You’re balancing a hundred pounds or so, then stepping up, and over to get onto Bettie. The top tube of a cargo Bettie would need to be as low as possible or made like a factory worker’s cruiser bike with a basket in front or back.
- The curve in the Big Dummy is nice, but I hit it each time with my foot. It’s a balance between lots of ground clearance and stand-over. It’s manageable and Val has a stand you can pull the Bettie up on – like a motorcycle – to park it; instead of balancing it fully loaded.
- Whippiness – Bettie is a whip machine. Some cyclist may like that sensation, I most certainly do not. While I understand why Bettie whips under load and deal with it, standing up is scary, and a Bettie 2.0, Surly, or custom frame should address that problem.
- No more whip! You can stand up!
- We built this version of Bettie sans Monkey. Maybe it’ll come back for 2.5x.
- Slow Ride – Over time with Bettie, I learned to just slow down.
- And it’s even slower with Bettie 2.0! Like a Bootsie Collins, slow, funky bass line. No rush, just pedal.
- Bettie Delivers – Check the Bettie Delivers movie.
- Bettie 2.0 delivers, but at a more deliberate pace.
Readers sent us the Mexican Crash photo and article and I noticed it on CNN’s most popular last night. It’s gruesome and a reminder to me and the other Huggas how dangerous racing and riding bikes is. I added it to our link blog and others in the bikesphere are picking it up.
That’s a helmet flying through the air and one of the cyclists died. They arrested the driver.
These bags are designed and fabricated in Portland to meet the needs of urban cyclists. Eli, a one man operation, has focused on spacious, practical, backpacks. He’s been providing city dwelling bikers an alternative to the standard messenger bag. When he’s not stitching, you might catch Eli about town on his fixed Kogswell Porteur.
Have you experimented with backpacks or other alternatives for lugging your daily haul? What works best for you?