The "Busycle" that occasionally lumbers around Palo Alto streets may not be able to get to the "City Ride" bicycling event at Mitchell Park Saturday morning because it's coming up short on pedal pushers, according to its owner, Martin Krieg.
Krieg, who also rides a hi-wheeler "pennyfarthing" bicycle around town, created the Busycle, which uses peoplepower instead of horsepower to get around to special events.
The problem Saturday is that most pedalers in town will be riding their own bikes to a Saturday-morning "City Ride" celebration of pedal-power transportation at Mitchell Park. The Buscycle is in Krieg's garage at 3329 Ramona St., just short of a mile from the park.
The City Ride is part of the buildup to the Tour of California bike race that will kick off Sunday in a sprint from downtown Palo Alto to Stanford University.
"While we have all kinds of signups for the Tour of California Ctty Ride this Saturday, I don't know if we'll be able to get the Busycle to the starting gate for the main ride," Krieg said in an e-mail appeal for help this week.
"We have plenty of escorts and fun eye-catching vehicles for you to feast your eyes on, but we do not have a crew that will get us to where all the fun is epicentered -- Mitchell Park."
People can just show up at his house at 9 a.m. Saturday with no sign-ups necessary, he said Thursday -- confirming that he's still short of pedalers. Then there's only the problem of getting it home again after the event.