So, Whose Turn Was It to Bring the Doughnuts?
For people who can't stand sitting hour upon hour around a conference table feeling as if they're going nowhere, artist and ex-New Yorker Eric Staller came up with a solution: the ConferenceBike. Staller began manufacturing his one-gear, three-wheel, seven-seat wonder five years ago, spurred by his move to Amsterdam, the bike capital of the world.
Riders face one another, while a leader -- there's sure to be one Type A -- steers the $12,750 contraption. Even though the 400-pound tricycle looks hefty, says Staller, it takes "less effort to pedal than a normal bike . . . [and] moves effortlessly on grades up to 10 percent at about 15 mph." All riders can pedal together, each at his own speed, or -- just as at many meetings -- one can pedal while the rest coast . . .
And perhaps take in the sights of Washington. Guided tours of the Federal Triangle are available on a bike like this from the Bike the Sites kiosk at the Old Post Office Pavilion.
-- Kathleen Hom