At 4:30am, I loaded the newest CETMA Cargo bike into my car and drove north. My destination was the San Joaquin Valley, the scorching region between LA and SF. I agreed to meet a Berkeley customer halfway to deliver his new Stretch Margo. Our meeting point would be Coalinga. The forecast called for 110 degrees.
We met at a parking lot near the freeway at 8:30am. Despite the early hours, the sun’s heat was already crippling. No matter—I was happy to meet David and assemble his bike for him.
We assembled David’s bike and talked briefly. Later, as the temperature climbed, we hoisted David’s new CETMA onto his roof rack built for tandems. Why not? We carefully anchored everything and triple-checked the tie-downs. The bike seemed to hang in mid-air and dwarf his car below. I laughed at how comical the comparison was. Nevertheless, I respected David’s confidence—there didn’t seem to be any obvious danger, so hey.
David later texted to say they’d made it home safely. Everything’s in order. I’m expecting photos soon.
This bike is one of the finest CETMAs yet. Stretch Margo with massive box (it’s built with two single-file benches), room for four/five. Giant balloon Schwalbe Big Apple tires. It’ll soon have an Alfine 8-speed hub.