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Old 04-11-11, 12:06 PM   #651
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I just noticed this thread. I loved looking at the pics!

I'm an amateur cpmpared to most you folks. I only rode to work today.
Last weekend the bf and I went out to a few yard sales on our bikes. Didn't buy anything, but got in several miles of riding around town. On the way home we stopped for groceries and I filled up my 4 panniers.
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Old 04-26-11, 10:17 PM   #652
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I did some data collection in the field, and the bike made a handy desk!
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Old 05-01-11, 05:02 PM   #653
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Just another day of deliveries for my liquor shop here in Tokyo





Today I did 153.8Kg/339lbs

Let me tell you, that is a heavy load

I was stopped at one intersection near my house, the road slopes away from the traffic light every so slightly. When I put one foot down with both brakes on, the trailer started to drag me backwards, I had to put both feet down and hold the bike and trailer from going in reverse. The when I went to leave as the light turned green, well, that first 10' or so was hard work!

Otherwise, no problem at all!

Oh yeah, the bike weighs 18.2Kg/40lbs so the total I was moving down the road was 172Kg/379lbs

I don't need much of a hill to get a GOOD workout
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Colorful load. Looks delicious, Stu.

Boxes and stuff going to the hotel that was the Ritz Carlton before they moved. Apparently the Jockey Club where Nancy Reagan held court is still there. I guess they paint the jockey's face white so it doesn't get it's head smashed to pieces on a nightly basis. Unfortunately my reins were too short to reach his ring. Why they got to make the little jockey so tall?


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I can't wait 'till my 'fro is full grown!!!

Actually it was after riding hatless on my extracycle to the bike shop to pick up a new fork, headset, and stem. Got home, pulled the heavy cheap suspension fork off my xtra, popped the threaded cups out, and in went a new rigid fork and cane creek headset! The bike is WAY lighter now and handles great. So much easier to move around in the garage, too!
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Nice upgrade! I'm still holding onto the fantasy that I'll go mountain biking on my beast, so the fork stays on. I've got another trailer hitch on a hybrid that makes a much nicer hauler, but I ride the beast when there's a chance of rain (disc brakes). Friday they weren't calling for rain, but I forgot to switch and rode it out of habit as there had been chance of rain mon-thurs. And today again, so I'll be pushing my cheap heavy fork around again today. I have sandals which fit the pedals on that bike, beats soggy shoes and socks.
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I stopped to take a pic with the Washington Monument in it. On the way to the Air and Space Museum with three boxes.
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Does anyone remember The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test?

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I did it...I did it....I did it.....grocery shopping that is. Usually I hang-out in the C&V section with occasional stops in the Living Car Free, Touring and Folding Bikes. Seems like I'm spending more time riding for a purpose rather than aimlessly for recreaction, although there's nothing wrong with that. Since Sunday was Father's Day and we we're going to have it at our house, until I found-out late Saturday that it was to be cancelled due to illnesses with most of those who were to attend, I decided to do my grocery shopping on Saturday instead. The weather was nice here in SoCal so I decided to shop by bike. I selected my Raleigh Sports. Put my Performance Bike grocery panniers on the rear rack and attached a Bell wire basket to the front. First stop was to Von's for most of the packaged grocery items. The odometer on the bike noted 0.6 mile one way. I loaded-up, but not over-loaded, both panniers with most of the heavier items, laundry soap and canned items, and put the lighter more fragile items, eggs and bread etc, in the front basket. Everything fit nicely. When I started riding I noticed the weight differnce. As balanced as I made the load I did notice the sluggish handling and lumbering feel to the loaded bike. A Raleigh Sports is pretty light weight to begin with and handled the extra weight well. I'm glad I decided not to use the Raleigh DL-1 Tourist which weighs a heck of a lot more. So, back to the house to unload. While unloading my step-daughter asked which store I went to. After I told her and mentioned that I was off to Gelson's for the produce and meats she said "all the way over there by bike?" I said "sure, it's not that far." She thought I was nuts. Anyway, it was only 5.7 miles one way and I was able to take mostly residential streets to and from. The few sections of major roadway has bike lines marked and signage posted so it's really easy. Between the grocery shopping on Saturday and the putzing around riding I did Sunday afternoon, I totaled in mileage what I used to do on a go-fast road bike ride; only I got stuff done. Now I'm beginning to re-think the bikes. Hhhmmmm....Yuba Mundo, Madsen, Big Dummy, trailer? Decisions, decisions. Thx for letting me share. PG.

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Picked up 50lbs of chicken feed and 33lbs of dog food, picked up a few things around town, then grabbed a few groceries, then rode 3 hilly miles home. Using a Bob Ibex trailer.
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I did it...I did it....I did it.....grocery shopping that is.... Thx for letting me share. PG.
Thanks for sharing! Welcome to "Utility Cycling".
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Picked up 50lbs of chicken feed and 33lbs of dog food, picked up a few things around town, then grabbed a few groceries, then rode 3 hilly miles home. Using a Bob Ibex trailer.
Careful with overloading the B.O.B. I'm sure you've noticed the impact on bike handling. I found splitting bigger loads between a B.O.B. and a large rear rack works well.
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Old 06-27-11, 04:28 AM   #665
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Welcome to the world of utility cycling, PolishGuy!

My delivery route takes me about 11 miles, 5 days a week. Some days with the trailer, some without. Have been doing some of the grocery shopping lately, with gas prices having gone crazy again. Takes some of the load off of my better half, and actually gets the shopping done quicker, since she can take the long distance (over 10 miles of highway), and I can get the close stores.
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I did it...... Hhhmmmm....Yuba Mundo, Madsen, Big Dummy, trailer? Decisions, decisions. Thx for letting me share. PG.
I was facing the same decision. I have a child trailer that I've used for hundreds of trips to Goodwill, the recycle center, etc. However, I've finally decided that a Bikes at Work 64A is just right. I ordered it a week or so ago and can't wait until it finally gets here. I already have a few things planned that otherwise I would need a truck to accomplish.

Thanks Qmsdc15, and others, for all the pictures throughout this thread. You have been inspiring!
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Old 07-09-11, 12:05 PM   #667
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Love all these trailers. There is almost no way I could pull some of the big ones around were I live tho. Working on a motor and brake system so I can deliver pottery into the shops in town.

Till then, todays trip to the post office in the rain. Then the library, and decided to take the scenic route back.


Stopped at the Napa to get some parts and body filler for my work van. Did some grocerys. Picked up some stuff at the hardware store. Couple of sixpacks. then its a twelve mile jog out of town. The last four miles on roads like this.


It rained today, a nice steady lukewarmish rain that beats the 100 or so degree high humidity days of the last weeks.
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Went to the post office and dropped off a few shipments.
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Got my Bikes at Work trailer today and put it together after work. I haven't used it yet, my first effort will be tomorrow.

Likes so far: sturdy, big enough to carry just about anything, very well made (bolt holes line up perfectly, the design is well thought out, the joints are tight, etc)
Dislikes so far: it's long (I'm sure I'll get used to it, and I can always shorted it by a section if needed). Also, it came missing 2 nuts and 3 bolts. This was a big bummer while putting it together. I can use it without the 3 bolts, and I scrounged up 2 nuts to make things work. Oh well...
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I did my first haul today:
1- 2 children seated in a wagon that I had strapped to the front: 110 pounds of kids + the wagon
2- 1 bin of mixed metals for recycling: 60 pounds of metal
3- 1 washing machine for recycling: 160 pounds

14.8 miles round trip with a short detour to a park on the way home. It was tight (and heavy) but we managed. The oldest (9 years) rode his own bike. It was pretty flat. The two youngest sat in the wagon, and in the picture it looks like the front wagon wheel is hitting the ground, but it's not. After we dropped off the metal at the recycle place, I moved the wagon to center it over the axel. It fit perfectly between the fenders and the wagon wheels fit niceley onto the bottom of the trailer. In case you're wondering, I told the two in the wagon they had to either wear the seatbelt or wear a helmet. One opted for the seatbelt, the other for the helmet.

All in all, I made just over $20 for the recycled material. This is the first time ever I've been paid to exercise!

The trailer handled perfectly. I stopped by the hardware store, picked up three more bolts, and finished the build (cost = 39 cents).

Monday I plan to take a cement mixer to the mother-in-laws (9 miles there) and then bring home an old school 48" big box TV for a later trip to the TV recycle center.

People ask me: why don't you just use your truck? My answer: why, when I have a bike?
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Bunny needed food, so off to a remnant of Silicon Valley's agricultural past. This place has food for almost everything...... the bulk bunny food blend wass right under the bulk monkey food bin.

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Yesterday, I added a corrugated plastic floor to the Bikes at Work. I had a 4x8 sheet that had been left over from a construction project at my sister-in-law's. As the BAW takes 1/4" plywood, since the corrugated plastic is 1/8", I found two layers worked perfectly.

Today, I hauled the cement mixer to my mother-in-law's, dropped it off, and picked up an old-school 48" big box television. I dropped the TV off at an electronics recycler and headed home. My 9 yo rode his bike the whole way. It turned out to be 21 miles round trip in 2 hrs and 20 minutes.

I don't have any pictures of the TV haul, only the cement mixer.

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Just hauled my 5'6" Surfboard, wetsuit and gear for 32 miles, out to Venice Beach Ca. and back home.....average speed: 10mph. but 14mph is easy without headwind. Bike: 90' Rockhopper/Trailer: BOB Yak.

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I returned two Redbox DVDs, but didn't think to take pics of them on the rear rack :-) These pics of various cargo are awesome.
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