A funny thing is happening in the world of guys' toys these days. From laptops and cell phones to pagers and electronic organizers, guys are actually bragging about how small and fast their gear is.
It's a description that also applies to pocket bikes--miniature, racer-style motorcycles. Weighing just 37 pounds, they may look like toys, but these mini motos, as they are called, pack a lot of punch. Depending on the horsepower, which ranges from 3 1/2 to 13, micro bikes can go as fast as 90 mph.
"Nasty fast," according to Don Sercombe, who co-owns Azusa's Mini Motos Etc. with his father.
"People really ride these things?" asks Tony, a 19-year-old shopper.
Full-sized men really do, Sercombe assures. Six-foot-9 Trailblazers player Stacey Augmon bought one. So did Pasadena eccentric Captain Bill, who's 74 years old and probably 100 pounds overweight, Sercombe says.
"You get intrigued with the strangeness of 'em," says Sercombe, himself an obvious victim.
His shop is lined with dozens of miniature motorcycles, most of them displayed on pedestals. Mini Motos has been in business for a little more than a year and sells roughly 20 bikes each month. They are not street legal, but enthusiasts ride them anyway--in industrial parks or shopping mall parking lots.