Dean and I got back from Europe before the solstice — London and Amsterdam mainly. Blogging has been a low priority, or rather the prospect of writing up the trip properly has kept me procrastinating. Another difficulty is that while candor and dish are part of why people read blogs, our trip was driven by a business agenda that I can’t yet disclose completely.
I will affirm that Dean’s household and mine are in cahoots to make Clever Cycles a success. Cleverchimp has always been more interested in bicycles per se than in electric assist; it’s just that nobody was making an electric assist in line with these values, and we found that we could. Stokemonkey will continue to be a major part of our activity, but we’re going to tell a bigger, more coherent story about how sweetly bicycles can meet all, or nearly all of a family’s or business’s local transportation needs.
I’ve decided just to publish photos from our trip, with some spare comments, rather than write lots, at least for now. Enjoy. There’s a high degree of thematic overlap with 2003′s “euro bike foray” notes. The main difference on the streets of Amsterdam over the last three years is that Maarten van Andel’s Cargobike (in particular) has exploded in numbers.