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Old 09-17-10, 09:45 PM   #576
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There's a lot about your bike that screams "I'm not a hobo's bike!", but only a cyclist would notice those details. Except for the stripped paint, that makes it look stolen. Haha, just kidding. I saw your post in "Pictures of Your Hybrid" thread. I like the new clean look. Your running lights are really cool too.
Thanks! The lights get a lot of comments, and are guaranteed to entertain both children and drunks. None of my bike pics ever get commented upon in BF, but since I want a bike that is "meh" enough to avoid attracting thieves, I suppose the lack of commentary means that I've succeeded in owning a meh-cycle. Really, the only validation I need about my bike is whether or not I enjoy riding it.

Anyway, I'm a little jealous of your trailer (although there is no way I could get it up my stairs, nor do I have room for it in my apartment), and I'm really jealous of your job. Seriously, you get to ride a bike all day? You lucky dog!
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Old 09-18-10, 05:55 AM   #577
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Typical payday Friday for me is:

1/2 mile to office to pick up check;
3/4 mile from there to credit union;
5 miles to the specialty store for cigarettes.....yes both wife and I smoke;
back to house, to figure what I need from hardware store/lumber yard for the next week's projects;
hook up trailer and make the runs to HW/LY (about 3-4 miles unless I go to the LY near the specialty shop.

Normal weekday is an 8-12 miles for my paper routes, depending on how big the papers are (sometimes requires multiple trips) plus whatever other runs I need during the day.

We don't have a LBS in our town, so bike maint is totally up to me, except for the occasional run to Columbia, MO for things I don't have tools for, like BB replacement etc. Haven't gotten brave enough for doing that on the bike yet, is a 30 mile one way trek.

The plus side of not driving any more is I am finally losing what I term "the incredible bulk".

Two reasons I do paper routes: First, I am partially disabled, and am not able to work full days at a regular job, and second, the local paper can't seem to keep kids interested in doing routes. I deliver ~85 daily, and ~120 on free paper day.

Every other week, I take the recycle to the local collection center, about 7 miles round trip, with plenty of hills between home and collection center.

See my posts in http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...railer-thread. for my home built trailer, and what I'm doing with my new ride.

Will start taking the camera with me for pics............
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Old 09-20-10, 06:09 PM   #578
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Pretty cool, Charlie.

Five boxes


Four boxes. Yes I lost a lid. If boss is reading, although the box looks quite empty from this angle, nothing fell out! I'll be more careful in the future!
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Old 09-21-10, 10:02 AM   #579
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I love your pictures and stories, qms.

I dropped my daughter's bike off with her yesterday. She just started college in Olympia, WA (Evergreen College). Looks like it's a very bike friendly campus. They made the raods lead nowhere so you MUST walk or ride a bike, as a car is useless there. What a brilliant plan!

She insisted she wanted her racing bike. It's super nimble and has no clearance for fenders. We'll see how she likes it. She refused a rack, too and thinks she'll be OK with a backpack. Well, maybe she will.
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Old 09-21-10, 02:38 PM   #580
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I dropped my daughter's bike off with her yesterday. She just started college in Olympia, WA (Evergreen College).
She insisted she wanted her racing bike. It's super nimble and has no clearance for fenders. We'll see how she likes it.
LOL. I can see it coming, first day its raining and the roads are wet....

Ring...Ring........Ring...Ring........Ring...Ring

Daughter. Hello Dad

Noglider. Yes what is it?

Daughter. Can you fit fenders on my bike?

Noglider.


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Old 09-22-10, 03:30 PM   #581
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A road bike and a backpack works for a lot of messengers, she'll be fine.

Neither rain shine or picket line shall stay this courier from his appointed rounds. Tubs of mail.


Five more boxes, another mural with the Capitol dome in it.
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Old 09-27-10, 05:02 PM   #582
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Two boxes wrapped in a tarp. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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Old 09-27-10, 05:09 PM   #583
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What did you wear today, qms?
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Old 09-27-10, 05:33 PM   #584
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I wore Crocs, no socks. Poly 3/4 sleeve base layer under short sleeve jersey. Padded underpants and baggy nylon shorts. Occasionally a rain jacket, but we didn't really get a lot of rain. Mostly light drizzle off and on, high temp in the low seventies. Riding Crocs to work was an experiment with mixed results.

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Old 09-27-10, 06:22 PM   #585
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QMSDC15....what type of milage do you rack up?
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Honestly, I think I average less than 20 miles per day.
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Honestly, I think I average less than 20 miles per day.
Times how many pounds?
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Old 09-27-10, 07:29 PM   #588
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What kind of trailer is that, Chris? I like it!
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Its a Burley Nomad. It's great for groceries. Surprisingly holds more than I thought. I would estimate I had probably 75 lbs in it at the time. I'm thinking of making a homemade trailer for more utility type runs, something with a flat bed, maybe for lumber, hardware store stuff.. etc.
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I dropped my car off at a body shop to be painted. Removed the bike from the rear hatch & rode it to the store, then home. Almost 8 miles. The shop owner, in his 30's was shocked ! I am 61.
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I dropped my car off at a body shop to be painted. Removed the bike from the rear hatch & rode it to the store, then home. Almost 8 miles. The shop owner, in his 30's was shocked ! I am 61.
I love it when that happens. But it's also sad that so many people in North America don't think a bike can be used that way. I always use a bike to drop my car off.

Yesterday, I did something adventurous. I rode with My Lovely Wife™ to the commuter train station so she could go to NYC. She didn't want to ride her bike home when she got home in the evening, so I said I would bring it home for her. I rode with one hand and held the stem of her bike while riding home. It was about a mile, but it's up a fairly big hill. It was hard, though I didn't have any mishaps at all.

In fact, I managed to shift gears twice! I accomplished this by continuing to hold my wife's bike with my right hand, taking my left hand off my handlebar and reaching down to my downtube shifter on the right side and shifting. If I hadn't done these gear changes, I would not have made it up the hill. Of course, I had the foresight to make these shifts while on flat ground.
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Another grocery run today. I had some room to spare in the trailer.

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Yesterday regular farmer's market, I'm a vendor and haul all my stuff on the Dummy, 17.5 miles round trip. Today rode to the Grocery 8.5 miles round trip. Didn't eat breakfast before I left and all the way home from the for the store and all I could think about was the walnut raisin bread I got from the farmer's market and should I put almond or peanut butter on it when I got home.
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This is not a bike story, but I thought you might like it as much as I do. My wife isn't strong enough to help me carry our living room air conditioner. I had to pull it out, carry it down the steps to the driveway and put it in the garage. I have weak arms and shoulders but strong legs. I can't remember how I've gotten it down the steps in previous years. Eventually, I decided to use a strap and adjust it so I could put it on my shoulder. I leaned the unit on my butt and bent over so my hips were bearing all the weight. I figured I'd use my strengths. Balancing was tricky, but I dealt with it by moving very slowly and having my wife spotcheck me, making sure the unit didn't tip one way or the other. The brute force part was easy. When it was all done, I looked back at it, and it seemed amazingly easy, once I got the right idea.
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Its a Burley Nomad. It's great for groceries. Surprisingly holds more than I thought. I would estimate I had probably 75 lbs in it at the time. I'm thinking of making a homemade trailer for more utility type runs, something with a flat bed, maybe for lumber, hardware store stuff.. etc.
I just re-purposed a MEC trailer I picked up a while back... the water tight 100 litre tote goes in and out in a few seconds and can use the trailer as a flatbed to carry more awkward items.

Estimate I have a 150-200 pound capacity here.

The curved double bars on top hold the tote securely (it also drops in between the axles) and figure they can double as a press for things I don't want flying off the trailer and will also prevent things from moving laterally.

The coolest thing I have done so far was to stack half a dozen wheels in front of the tote and use the press bars and a little padding to keep them secure... should have taken pictures of that.

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I waited until after sunset to go to the banks. I had to make deposits into my wife's bank (Chase) and my own (BofA). I headed out with taillight on belt and headlight on helmet. My regular commuting bike is out of commission, so I took my fixie. Headed towards Millburn, 3 miles away.

After a mile, I realized that the two banks now have branches next to each other in South Orange, only a mile away. I had already descended down my big hill, so I went back up. The route to those banks was almost completely back home.

Did my transactions and rode home. A thunderstorm started. But it wasn't very cold, and it turned out to be pleasant. I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt, and that worked out well. I also had a hat under my helmet, and that probably helped a lot, too.

All in all, it was a pleasant, short, and vigorous errand ride.
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Shoping. Food and bicycle parts. 50km. It's was fun to see people's faces when I passing by.


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How can I follow that? Cool bike, great haul. Kid's bike in the background, blue, pink tires on yellow rims. Priceless!

I have another cheesy shot with my trailer and the Capitol in it.

There were really three boxes, but you can't see the other two.

It was a rush all the way from Georgetown to Southeast, a long run for me but only a couple miles.
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Another day, another box, another fake backdrop.
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