Cooper's Column
       I had a great "night out" this month. We were invited to the Grand Opening of Bud's Bike Ship in Covina. More than 100 people joined us in the new store just across the street from the Covina theatre.
     They had everything from a $750 light blue Gitano customized tandem to a kid's 16" wheel geared bikes. My son and I tested a motocross bike (better spring action than my waterbed) and we looked in wonder at the Gitane fold-up with a seat on top.
     Jim McCready, the manager, was showing off his new son as well as the new store. "He hasn't been on a bike yet," Mrs. Mac said, showing me the six week old baby, "but only because Jim's been too busy at the storel I can't get the back pack on by myself."
     We enjoyed a couple of Shimano films along with punch and goodies. Everyone had a grand time.
     I also had the pleasure of meeting John Forester this month (remember reading all about him in Sept. High Gear?) He was at a CABO meeting in Hollywood that I attended. I found him to be a slight man, with very big ideas, dark hair, glasses, and an attractive beard that I believe became grayer as he told us the troubles he has speaking out for bicyclers. He really is working as an unpaid lobbyist for all of us. He attends about 200 conferences a year at his own expense, is very active in education as well as in lawmaking.
     Like to get your wife to bike with you more often? Invite her to lunch. Here are a few places in Southern California that really make biking worth while for me.
     Bounty Restaurant, built like the inside of a ship, is located at the tip of Redondo Beach Pier. (If you follow my directions for the Beach Bikepath in High Gear May 74 and start at Playa
del Rey the pier is a good half way point). At the Bounty you can watch the sail boats racing and fishing boats chugging in and the fishermen on the pier pulling in an occasional bonito or halibut.
     There are only a dozen wooden tables but the service is excellent and you can look at hanging aquariums above you and study the charts embedded under the hard plastic table tops while you wait. I* recommend the halibut and the house wine was great, served in chilled glasses, yet!
     Then if you aren't watching your weight, stop again before you leave the pier at the San Francisco Bakery & Coffee Company. Aside from the many crepes they serve as a main dish, you can shoose such yummy delights as Barb-Blu-Rum, Marzipan Rainbow, Birch Logs, or Truffle Fingers. (Those last two are fancy eclairs.)
     Redondo Beach Pier, by the way, is one of the few places I've seen that has 25 lock-your-bike places.
     And while I'm drooling over food I mustn't forget to tell you about the best delicatessen I've found in years. It isn't very big but the prices are small, too,. It's Rossi's 2428 Honolulu Ave., in Montrose. It 's in the mall on the south side of the street, just across from a Swedish Smorgasbord place (that I hear is also good). Rossi's is open seven days a week so anytime you start out at the Rose Bowl, head that way for lunch. You'll enjoy the hot beef submarine sandwich (last time I was there it was only $1.20 and that was chock full of good beef). And while you're waiting for that, try a small piece of their pizza (35). Coffee is usually free to bicyclists, but if you are planning to take a whole bike club there, please phone ahead so he can be prepared. You eat outside on the city benches built into the mall so you can enjoy our balmy weather and keep an eye on your bike at the same time.

By Ralph Cooper, 4-23-08
     This article was published in the February 1975 issue of High Gear. By that time, Jo had been asked to write her own column for each of the monthly issues of the paper. She took advantage of this to express some of her very own personal thoughts and opinions.

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