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Integrated Transportation and The Incapable Man

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In a culture with a fair share of effete, emasculated, green-tea drinking men, I am without equals.

My hands are absent of callusses. When the plumber/electrician/carpenter knocks, it is my wife who answers while I scurry to the back room to iron my dress shirts. I get uncomfortable in hardware stores.

As un-handy as I am, I can change a flat. Not only does it boost my self-confidence, I save money and time by patching tubes myself.

As I mentioned last week, my bike flats always cluster, and this morning - running late of course - I found my bike with its third flat in two weeks. Twenty minutes later, I was riding to work, comforted by knowing that I'd probably not get another flat for several months.

While I celebrate my limited bike repair skills, I don't change flats that I receive amidst my commute.

Instead, I walk to the nearest bus/MAX stop and have TriMet shuttle me and my bike the rest of the way.  It's easier, I don't muss up my clothes or hands (yuck!), and I arrive in about the same amount of time.

(In case you'd like to learn, here are instructions on fixing a flat, along w/ a video.)

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Scott Cohen

February 4, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Just wanted to clarify that Steve is talking for himself and not for the entire SmartTrips Business team. Some of us are quite manly and capable. And we don't sip green tea! Some of us chug gallons of piping hot black coffee with the grounds left in!

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