And Now For Something Completely Different – My New Bike!

OK, so it’s been since sometime back in the 80’s that I rode a bike. First, it’s to damn hot most of the time here in South Florida, second, cars have better stereo’s and crash protection, and finally, I never really have been attracted to any of the predominate bike  “cultures.” You know, the “Distance Fanatics” (which includes the skinny-tired Tour de France blood-dopers and the cruising couples – hey, sorry TT, but a tandem that costs more than a Harley, WTF is up with that?), or the bone-jarring “Mountain Bikers” or the bronzed and boring “Beach Cruisers.”

Then, Public came along. Maybe it’s the ex-designer/art guy in me, or the fact that the company is the brainchild of Rob Forbes, the founder of Design Within Reach, or the buzz from Wired, NYT, Vanity Fair, etc. (Wired said it best: “These are the same kind of bikes you see all over the place in many Northern European cities. They’re cheap, strong and comfortable, all of which encourages you to ride more… The cool-looking machines combine the sleek, pared-down look of a fixed-gear bike with the comfort and practicality of the Dutch City Bike.” From the name, to the logo, to the vibe, PUBLIC rules. So here’s my shiny new D-3. I’ve had it for two months. Now if it will just get cool enough to leave the house and try it out ….

About Michael Farver

Ex-print media publisher & art/design guru turned passionate social activist; semi-pro chef, writer, photographer, artist, trained handler of championship Dobermans and licensed firearms expert. I split up the hours of my day serving as a spokesperson and advocate for U.S. childhood hunger solutions, as a Dad, as a Husband, and when things get too intense, I travel the country following the latest reincarnation of the Black Crowes. I'm the Immediate Past President of the Board of Florida Impact, the state’s senior legislative public policy advocacy organization, serve on the board of directors of the South Florida Hunger Coalition and Women in Distress of Broward County, am a Trustee and Director of the Farver Foundation, direct a grassroots child hunger nonprofit in South Florida and also lead XS Media Ventures, a multi-media event, promotion, business incubator, new business startup and redevelopment consulting company. I'm into everything from modern art, tiki and pop surrealism to wine collecting to vintage guitars to all things touching, and touched by, technology. For starters.
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