I’m an asshole now
I travel a lot by train. And I like it, especially outisde traffic hours when there is plenty of room. Reading a book drinking a cup of coffee or just listening music an looking out of the window. Maybe writing a blog entry or two.
But there are some things that annoy the hell out of me. People who think that your bag is a seat, all they have to do is ask. Or people who *shhh* everybody in the Silence area. I know it’s a silence area, but if you tell everybody to shut up at the slightest sound you are the one annoying every body.
At the top of the list are people who eat oranges or mandarins. This will result in the entire carriage stinking of orange even after you finished you bloody orange.
Below that is a special group travellers: the folding bike people. Don’t get me wrong, I have no objection against folders. When folded the are like regular luggage and that regulation applies. Als long as they don’t take up a seat or block doors it’s okay.
However, most members of the Folding Bike People Tribe are a bit off. They lock bikes to doors, block doorways unfolding bikes. Don’t or partially fold bikes. Plage drive chains against your pants leaving you with grease marks. This is asocial behaviour that can’t be justified by having a folding bike. I know folders can be expensive and you would like to keep an eye on the bike. Just fold it properly and put it in a luggage rack.
And this is were it goes wrong. A lot of folders aren’t compact enough and too heavy to take on a train or to complicated to fold.
Missing a train because you need to fold you bike sucks, but that’s no reason to take an unfolded bike on the train. Or unfolding the thing in a crowded train.
So, why am I an asshole now ? Not for writing this entry. Nor did I kick a member of the Folding Tribe in the face. Even though maybe I should.
I bought a folder myself!
It’s a Strida 5.2. And don’t fret, I will remain a gentleman on the train. Even with bike. ^_^