Downtown Boise and Deli Days

Bryce and I went on a fun trip today. We dropped off paperwork downtown and then went to Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel synagogue for Boise’s annual Deli Days. Here’s a somewhat correct map:

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So, around seven and a half miles for the whole trip. Bench climbed on Capitol by the Boise Depot. Actually went by the depot and rode in some gravel, which the pedicab, and especially the Maxxis Hookworms, took like a champ. Here’s a picture of Bryce and myself at the synagogue just before we left.

Bryce and Pedicab outside the Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel synagogue for Deli Days

My pastrami sandwich was tasty. Going down Americana proved to be a challenge since they had signs in the way. We crossed the street and went down the other sidewalk. Bryce spotted the greenbelt, so we hopped on it at Ann Morrison Park. We crossed the river on the bridge there, and then went through town on the way home. A great ride, about half the length of the ride coming up on Sunday.

Component weight

Tires and BryceThe new parts are in. As you can see, Bryce has inspected the new Maxxis Hookworm tires. I asked him if they were Bryce approved, and he nodded yes.

Something that shows up a lot in cycling-related blogs is concerns about weight. Road bike guys go crazy about weight. It makes me giggle when I see a road bike person that has clearly spent some money on their light ride but could drop 20 lbs. from themselves, but I digress.

The 2003 Main Street Pedicab Classic is my sport rickshaw. It’s notably lighter than the Rickshaw I’ve had for half a decade now. It’s also more capable (stability, high speed handling, brakes, gearing). So, when I went to order parts, was I thinking “How much is that going to weigh?” No. I’m more concerned about function and look, in that order.

Still, this a cycling blog, so I should weigh parts at least once, right?! Why not. Here’s a few:

Component Weight each Qty. Total
Maxxis Hookworm Tire 2lbs 6oz 3 7lbs 2oz
Wald 5 inch rise handlebar 1lbs 8oz 1 1lbs 8oz
Ergon grip 2.9oz 2 6oz (rounded)

I’m not taking the shifter out of the packaging to weigh it, so there you go. Three tires, handlebar, and grips weigh in at nine pounds.

Let’s compare to some road bike component weights I grabbed from Weight Weenies:

Component Weight each
Maxxis Hookworm Tire 2lbs 6oz
Maxxis Xenith Equipe Legere 148g (5.2oz)
Difference in Weight 2lbs 0.8oz


Component Weight each
Wald 5 inch rise handlebar 1lbs 8oz
Kestrel EMS Pro/SL (42 cm (c-c)) 175.7g (6.2oz)
Difference in Weight 1lbs 1.8oz

So, notably less weight for both. Sure the road bike parts are also far smaller, but the priorities are different. Still, my handlebars weigh over three an a half times what the road bike ones do, and each Hookworm tire weighs about seven and a half times what a road bike tire from the same company weighs.

Road bikes don’t have the added weight of a third wheel, let alone passengers. The priorities are different.

Parts on order

As noted before, the (new to me) 2003 Main Street Pedicab (MSP) Classic has seen some battles. I decided to throw some more money at it, which I suppose makes it officially a hobby.

Here’s the parts I ordered, and the plan:

From Bike Stop:

Details Name Unit Price Quantity Total
LD8752 Shimano STX Right Rear Shifter (Pod) $11.95 1 $11.95
33036 Wald MTB High-Rise Handlebar #803, Black, 25.4 $12.95 1 $12.95
HT1700 Ergon Performance Grips Small $29.95 1 $29.95
Special:  – Price Match $-6.96   $-6.96
  Sub Total: $47.89
  Shipping: $11.99
  Grand Total: $59.88

The price match was on the Ergon grips.

From Main Street Pedicabs:

Qty Name SKU Each Subtotal
3 26 Maxxis Hookworm Tire MAX_HT $26.99 $80.97
Subtotal $80.97
Shipping: UPS Ground $15.30
Tax Total $0.00
Grand Total $96.27

MSP has very competitive prices and they were quite helpful on the phone when I called. I probably paid a little extra in shipping since I didn’t get everything from Bike Stop, but MSP earned my business. Company founder Steve Meyer is who I spoke with. Here’s a video with him I found on YouTube:

…and here’s an article about MSP:

So, my ride just got way more expensive, but it’ll be nice. I think I’ll be glad I went with trigger shifters on both sides (there’s already one on the left) rather than returning to a stock twist shifter setup, and the Ergon grips look like they’ll be nice. The handlebars are almost the same size as the new stock MSP ones, but I wanted black. I still haven’t figured out a saddle yet, but I’ll get there.

Introducing the (new to me) Main Street Pedicab

Here’s the 2003 Main Street Classic Pedicab I picked up used earlier this month. It’s the same as when I got it, other than I removed one of the two New Belgium stickers from the back. This ride will change over the next year. It’s getting new tires, handlebars, grips, and a shifter as part of stage one. It’ll likely have a new seat by the end of the season as well. I may work out some of the cosmetic ends in year two.

As mentioned in the video, this pedicab has seen some action, and is hardly sitting stock. The wiring is a mess, the handlebars are likely not original, the RockShox front fork is not stock, and it seems very likely the crank arms and left shifter have also been replaced.

The tires are two 35 PSI knobby cruiser tires on the back and one extra knobby mountain bike tire on the front. The mountain bike tire is extremely annoying. It vibrates, is noisy, and clearly does not belong.

Here’s a link to the manufacturer’s page for the “Classic Pedicab”, which is what mine is:
» Product page

For added amusement, see the Road & Track Magazine, which reviews automobiles, had some fun reviewing a Main Street Pedicab earlier this year:
» R&T review

Here’s the Road & Track “Data Panel” for the Classic Pedicab in the same style they’ve used on cars for years now (PDF format):
» R&T Data Panel