It all started on Monday night at about 10:30pm. I got a call to come look at a 2003 Main Street Pedicab for sale. It’s been beat on, but it’s cheap. “Oh my!” I’m thinking. This isn’t the best time for me to be buying stuff, but it’s a full professional grade Pedicab! For well under a $1000!
So, after looking at it in person the next day and some talking, it’s a done deal. $670 for this far from mint specimen. We agree I’ll pick it up in the afternoon. Then, I’m off to the home to put the Rickshaw on a trailer for the McMillan Elementary presentation (see part one). After the presentation, we put the Rickshaw back on the trailer, hauled it home, unloaded it, and then it was time to pickup up the Pedicab. Joe hauled me up the bench to get it, and became my first Pedicab passenger in the process. Here’s a picture Joe took with me and the Pedicab after we went on my first ride:
It looks better in this picture than up close, and this is the good side. The stage left fender is really messed up, but the replacement is $40 (plus whatever shipping I’d imagine). It saw a 3.5 mile ride home. Here’s the initial impressions:
- Comparing this Main Street Pedicab to my Rickshaw is like comparing a BMW to a Yugo. Far superior build, stability, braking, engineering, you name it.
- No worries taking this down the bench on Capitol Boulevard on the way home. The brakes mean business!
- It needs some work. The 21 speed needs dialed in, and I really dislike the mountain bike handlebars on there. These things will be addressed soon. Some cosmetic issues and possible enhancements will also be done later.
I’m sure I’ll have more about this in future entries. The Pedicab will allow me to do things I’ve been wanting to do, such as entering local cycling events with a passenger. It is a much more stable, solid, and capable machine than the Rickshaw.
After looking at Google Maps, I’m guessing I put 3.7 miles on the Pedicab for the day.
(Backdated to date of purchase. Actual post date: May 9, 2010)