We heard on Monday that Xtracycle will start shipping out the new batch of Edgerunners mid-month. Since we’re just getting the frame, it will likely be at least another week beyond that before our bike is ready, but it should be road-worthy by the end of April. I have to admit that when they pushed back the date from March to “early to mid-April,” I was hoping for more on the “early” side, but at least this is better than another delay.
My least favorite thing about the Edgerunner (and I say this having never seen one in person, much less ridden one) is the name. It conjures up images of scooting along on the very far right side of the road, absolutely the last place you ever want to operate a bicycle.
Riding far to the right (i.e., at the edge of the road) makes you invisible and irrelevant to other road users. It is also the place you encounter many of the dangers that cause the most common kind of bike crash (a solo fall) like debris, grates, pavement imperfections, wet leaves, sand, etc. This is not how I ride and this is not what I teach.
So I am less than excited about the implications of the model name of this bike, but I’m also not huge on naming bikes.
I oh-so-creatively dubbed my Kona Jake, “Baby Jake.” BUB (short for Back-Up Bike, my Schwinn Voyager) never really had a name, until I needed a way to distinguish between Baby Jake and BUB when writing here. Before that, I may have also referred to BUB as “Baby.”
At any rate, I don’t really use the names I give my bicycles. I don’t wake up in the morning and say, “Hmm, which bike will I ride today? I think I’ll take BUB.”
I may just end up referring to the Edgerunner as “the longtail,” which easily distinguishes it from any of our other bikes. I could also rename it “Roadrunner,” which deals with my main objection to the name, although I’m also not sure “runner” is terribly appropriate, as cargo bikes are not really built for speed (maybe it would deserve that name if I had electric assist!). Another option, in a continuation of my not-so-creative names, would be “Blue.”
We’ll probably wait to settle on a name, if any, until we actually have the bike, so we can get a feel for her (his?) personality, but it’s not too early to start brainstorming.
So, what do you call your bike? And, any suggestions for a good name for a blue Xtracycle Edgerunner longtail?