I bought the Silky Pocketboy because I was looking for a small compact saw to take with me on suburban bicycle rides. It’s an odd use case, but that’s how I came to acquire my Pocketboy. Allow me to explain.
Long bicycle rides were a habit I formed when I was going to school in New Orleans. Usually the rides were a hangover cure of sorts. I’d drink into the early hours, and then wake up at the crack of noon to “sweat out the sin” in the Louisiana heat. It didn’t hurt that New Orleans is an infinitely interesting place, and the bicycle was the perfect means to explore it.
These days I’m in Sarasota, a boring town by comparison. Sure you have the natural beauty of the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay, and the glittering abundance of a thousand designer condos, but it’s a relatively sleepy town. I sometimes wonder what life would have been like if I had stayed in New Orleans after graduating rather than retreating to the relative comfort and safety of my parent’s place in Florida. Perhaps I could have gone to law school in Louisiana, and spent a life navigating the legal backwaters of the Big Easy. Or maybe I would have ditched law entirely and become a banana merchant or a tugboat captain. Regardless, I’m sure there would have been some good stories, and a lifetime of great bike rides.
So why the folding saw? Well, Sarasota isn’t the most bicycle friendly of places. Ironically I think New Orleans is a much safer city to ride in due to the variety of quiet back streets. The south part of Sarasota is largely defined by a waterway: the Phillippi Creek. The creek cuts through the neighborhoods, and as a result there are only a limited number of bridges you can cross to get downtown safely by bike. Sure, if you have abandoned all hope you can bike down the 6 lane Tamiami Trail. For a bicycle rider, the Trail is a modern day thunderdome lined with an endless succession of strip malls, chain restaurants, and assisted living facilities. It’s tantamount to a death sentence. As a result I take tree-lined paths and some quiet streets to get around town.
“That’s not a knife!”.
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