Winter, Hipsters, and Zip Ties
What do you do in the face of adversity?
When I’m good and frustrated about something, I usually get a good pout going.
I might whine. I might complain. I might even blog about it.
When snow hit temperate Seattle this year, Fritz Rice of the Dutch Bike Co. did a very clever thing. He went to the hardware store and bought some zip ties.
Then, he wrapped a bunch of them strategically around his wheels to create ugly but functional DIY bike snow tires. Now, he “can accelerate, brake, and corner with aplomb, even on the vile snowpack/sheet ice mix the plows leave in the bike lanes.”
How ’bout that for overcoming adversity with ingenuity?
Being the beacon of morality that he is, Rice tips his helmet to that infamous group of too-cool-for-school young people: hipsters. He claims it was some fixie-riding, funny shoe-wearing kid who originally came up with the idea.
While he may not have dreamed up the idea, Rice knew enough to blog about it, which earned him a Treehugger shout-out.
Guess it pays to put away your pouty lip and put on your crafty hat.