This is my first year in many as a lawn-caretaker, and during this rainy season I find difficult decisions lie behind every storm front. When the rain has stopped, do I ride my bike or do I mow my lawn? The constant rain/shine/rain/shine culls the grassy blades from the Earth faster than Contador up the mountains, but the Gravel Gateway (aka Adams St., which runs perpendicular to AeroBarAlley aka the GWT) bekons me. But alas, I never truly get my fill as the 5 hour mow-a-thon eventually trumps my need for severely dirty shins.
Then, as I realized the last paragraph was going to end up sounding like an eighth-grader reading his/her first Shakespear play, I ran into the solution. Bicycle lawn mower. Problem solved. Lawn gets mowed, bike gets ridden, shins get dirty, everyone wins!
There are many variations on the Bike/Mower hybrid (or as I like to refer to as the Mow-Bee) but one of the most amazing is to be seen in the current (006) issue of Bicycle Times on page 34. A Mow-Bee constructed of 4130 chromoly by none other than custom MTB builder Ted Wojcik stunned and amazed your humble blog-ist and cycler. Further interweb searching coughed up the doozie you see pictured above, the BikeMowerX, or BMX, model made by some anonymous genius. I dig the Silver/Gold colorscheme and the seemingly-unwieldy geometry. Perfect for the junkyard fixie crew. Will we see a hipster lawn service in our future? Will a crew of “GoinGreen” types be seen cruising from neighborhood to neighborhood looking for some fresh blades to carve? I don’t know about all that, but I do know that Me+MowBee Vs. Pink House Lawn would be the workout equivalent of 4 ‘Cross races in a row, hopefully with no portage. MowBee looks heavy.
Next Step: map out the mileage ridden while mowing the lawn on GPS.
BTW, for all you daily rider/recreational/commuter types, pick up Bicycle Times. It’s a nice change of pace-line from our other Lycra-pushing Carbon-loving pedal-publications.
*CNB was in no way compensated for name dropping, nor has any cross-sponsorship been offered or established between CNB and said name-dropped entities. Not that there is anything wrong with that.*