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Old 07-14-10, 04:01 AM   #526
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(Yesterday) another laundry run
Thats twice now I have seen you post pics or your laundry run(s). Both pics are in the middle of a wood? Is there a nearby stream with a big rock where you beat your smalls clean

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No, but that's a darn good idea, Tom!

Funky, it's not actually my bike. I don't even know the owner. It has a 48 tooth chainring.
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Old 07-14-10, 11:41 AM   #528
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Rode into town to mom's work to pick up some special order-in dog food. 30Lbs worth.

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Stopped for a short break in the shade. 32km round trip in the end.
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Old 07-14-10, 02:13 PM   #529
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Just the usual grocery run although I got to take the new trailer and it just swallowed up 4 big bags of groceries that probably totaled 60 pounds... noticed that when you are towing a child trailer motorists really give you a lot of space.
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noticed that when you are towing a child trailer motorists really give you a lot of space.
I think towing any type of trailer, motorists will give you a wide berth - scared of there car getting scratched

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Old 07-15-10, 03:46 AM   #531
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I think towing any type of trailer, motorists will give you a wide berth - scared of there car getting scratched

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maybe I should add hub spikes to mine to get some more room
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First serious beyond-my-block shakedown cruise on the Madsen Bucket. 8 miles into the next town with my 5 year old in the back, then 8 miles back with an added three year old... didn't feel like going up the last hill to my house, so we went to the beach instead! First gear makes noise--- the derailer is so long that I thought it was spokes at first, but it's probably just the chain hitting the 'guard.

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indoor utility

This is the little trailer I've been making in small batches in Minneapolis. At my real job I was installing a large stage set at the convention center and brought this prototype along to move tools and fasteners about the exhibit hall. The hall is about 90 m by 100 m so it saved quite a bit of legwork - plus it was fun! glass-smooth cement.
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Took a small load down to the recycle depot today. Just 6 empty paint cans, and a bag of yard waste.
Checked the metal bin again, but my timing was off. The yard had just recently brought in a new can so it was basically empty. Maybe I'll make a bigger loop of dropping off recycling tommarow and check the bin again when it'll be more full.
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I went on a ride in the forest to test out my new tires. I had a flat several weeks ago and realized how badly worn the tread on my back tire was so I decided to buy new. I found Sweetskinz on sale for 50 percent off and ordered the mountain bike tires. I like them, there's more rolling resistance on paved roads but on the unpaved roads in the forest they provide good traction. Now I need to get out in the dark and test their reflectivity.



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wrenching, deliveries, errands, et al

since my return from my effort along the TDR, I'm flat broke

so onto the Dummy
scrounging any kind of work
wrenching
making deliveries
running errands...

this week about 4 solid days of work... GREAT!

I've been hauling around one of my Ultimate bike stands for a couple of years now (off and on)
and only until today, did it occur to me to use the headclamp to grab hold of the LongLoader to secure it. duh! thats a no brainer

one of my current gigs is mobile wrench service
so it goes either go pick up the bike and return it
or go wrench on the spot.
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I did a Costco run with the Big Dummy today. First time without a trailer, but I was still able to haul home over $200 worth of stuff.





I know I could haul more with a set of wide loaders, but the 4 grocery panniers handled a pretty good load.
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On Tuesday, I was teaching a cycling class, and a student got injured. Her brake lever impaled her thigh. After the ambulance took her away, I bungied her bike to my rack and pedaled to our starting point, about 4 miles through the woods on a bike path. It was nearly completely dark.

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On Tuesday, I was teaching a cycling class, and a student got injured. Her brake lever impaled her thigh. After the ambulance took her away, I bungied her bike to my rack and pedaled to our starting point, about 4 miles through the woods on a bike path. It was nearly completely dark.

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Impaled with her Brake Lever?!?!?!?
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Ouch! That must have been traumatic for all parties. As her instructor, you must have felt somehow responsible, although I'm sure you gave her good instruction and was guiding her on terrain that was within her ability and at an appropriate speed . It sounds like everybody remained calm and the situation was handled well.

I've actually read about the same thing happening to someone else.
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Yesterday i spotted a refurbed laser printer for a very attractive price at the computer store next to where i was heading for my Saturday coffee run. Went in and picked up the box, "Yup, should work"

14" x 14" x 18" about 25lbs. had to carry it on the top deck of the Big Dummy, with the center straps joined over the meddle, and just got the linkable stretch cords I use crossed over from front to back.

First significant load I've tried ( i know it's not much compared to some you guys have done ) i don't have watchamacollars installed, so the weight up high caused a noticeable wiggle, but quite do-able.
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U-CALL WE HAUL


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on Surly LHT with 26" wheels: four panniers full of books and milkcrate on rear rack full of books. Handled just fine.
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Tuesday, I had a lot of traveling to do, and I really wanted to do it by bike. The only way to do it, though, was to ride FAST, because time was limited. I schedule my appointments close enough together so that I would have to ride fast. First, I met a client in Florham Park. He's 11 miles away. I had to cross some bike hills in Short Hills, which, in my view is misnamed!

Then I had a doctor's appointment in West Orange, which is the tallest town around. That was also about 11 miles.

After my doctor's appointment, I rode home to Maplewood at a more relaxed pace. That ride was about 7 miles. Then I had some errands to do around town, so total distance was 30 miles.

I did both 11 mile legs in les than 45 minutes, averaging 15 mph, and that's with stopping for red lights. I really hauled. I drenched myself in sweat. Putting my gloves and helmet back on was kinda gross.

Yesterday, I rode to Home Despot and bought supplies and tools and then took them to a client's place, where I did some wiring. Total miles about 6. I forgot the key to my lock, so I ran my cable to make my bike appear to be locked. No one stole it or tampered with it. Today, I have to do the same trip, because I didn't get all the supplies I need.
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Hauled a bunch of parts back from the frame shop... took the long way which is 70km but the countryside is so much nicer when you get off the main highway.
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Do you have any pictures of the countryside? They don't have to be recent. I don't know much about Alberta. Is it like these pictures?
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Do you have any pictures of the countryside? They don't have to be recent. I don't know much about Alberta. Is it like these pictures?
HA. I liked that. I've spent lots of time in Alberta, and those pictures really capture the spirit.
That barn looks almost like my Uncle's place, northwest of Edmonton. (Maybe 65er knows where Glenevis is.) I swear he still has every car, truck and tractor he's ever owned since he moved out there in the 40s stashed behind that barn.
The Canadian prairies are home to "the world's largest anything you can name".
Somewhere in those 3 provinces you will find everything from the world's largest coke can to the world's largest perogie.
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190 or so empties to the package store a few days ago.
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I managed to save two trips, which in the past would have necessitated a car for. My first trip was 8 miles in which I returned a folding bicycle to a friend.

Then I grabbed some dog food. Here is a photo outside the pet store:
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Yesterday, I rode out to my client in Florham Park again. 11 miles each way. Last time, I rode hard and averaged 15 mph. I decided to beat that and averaged 16 mph! Best ever. I can hardly believe it. And it was extremely hot and humid.
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