Ride A Bike!
This is an inspiring video by John Burke, president of Trek bikes. I first came across this when I was contemplating putting a 1world2wheels widget on this blog...then I realized that I already do most of the things they suggest (not all, but most...I did drive my truck yesterday...first time in nearly 3 weeks). Then as I was watching the video, which I encourage you to do (if you don't already ride a bike this will probably make you get on one), I was thinking how Trek (along with many "mainstream" bikes) doesn't really carry a bike that I would want to ride, let alone purchase (though my winter bike--the mule--is an old Trek). Then I came across this bike, the Trek Transporter, designed by Gary Fisher...excellent. Another example of how I believe that longtails are the bikes of the future, or more specifically, the present.
No I am not ready to trade in my Mundo yet either (I enjoy it too much and still think it may be the best on the market, especially in it's price range)...but the Trek bike is pretty cool.
Yes, I agree. And it's a shame U.S. companies don't proliferate the market with more practical bikes. Hopefully they will eventually.