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Old 07-29-11, 05:24 PM   #676
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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!
You're welcome, thanks! You've already outdone me, my loads are short hauls.

This load was upgraded to a truck call after I told dispatch how big it was. The customer described it as "two computer size boxes and one box". It turned out to be two cases considerably larger than computers in my opinion and two cardboard boxes (the blue bin is mine).

I hauled this all the way from New Jersey (Avenue) to Vermont (Avenue).
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Old 08-02-11, 03:12 PM   #677
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Qmsdc15, it looks like you have a padlock to secure your trailer to your bike.
How does that work for you and can you please show some close ups of the
set up? Thanks.
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Old 08-03-11, 03:56 PM   #678
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I'm not locking it right. Thanks for calling my attention to that.

It's a thin cable anyway.

With loops on each end.


Run through the boom and should be around a frame tube. Now they can steal the whole thing (without tools) because trailer is only locked to it's own hitch. I like the old style hose clamps better than these new ones. I tightened them with a wrench though so only very a strong person could loosen them without tools.


When it was secured to the frame, I needed to hold the lock back with a toe strap to avoid striking it with my heel. Recently I started locking it this way and I was excited that I didn't need the strap anymore, but neglected to notice that was because I wasn't looping the frame.

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Old 08-07-11, 02:22 PM   #679
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Brought home a 1x12"x8' board the other day. Its for replacing the sides of my trailer that I've been working on with scraps I had laying around. New boards will be taller than my wheels and will give a place to attach my reperposed tire fenders. Need pick up some wheelchair brakes (parking brake) as well for the trailer as well.

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Old 08-11-11, 04:51 PM   #680
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I made a couple of utility runs today. First, the "make your own" wine store called to say my vino was ready for bottling. So, I hooked up the ol' trusty trailer, and went to fetch it.
Picked up my dry cleaning on the way home too.

Then, I packed a lunch and headed off to meet my wife for lunch. She works about 5 km from home, right beside the lake, and there is a really nice spot to have lunch right by the water.
On the way home, I stopped by the store to stock up on some groceries.
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Old 08-13-11, 10:46 AM   #681
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drove a pedicab / cycle rickshaw for a couple hours last night.. made about $20/hr

been doing it for the last couple months now.. i've come to the conclusion it's not really worth my time except late at night on the weekends when the alcohol makes the wallets loosen up
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Old 08-13-11, 02:33 PM   #682
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Today I had several errands to run. I needed to drop off some things at the recycle center, pick up a belt for my mower, drop off a small package for UPS, pick up a few items at Costco, pick up my dog from the mother-in-law's, and take several of her old electronics (printer, TV, scanner) in for recycling. Two hours/22.7 miles later and it's all done. I have to say, that TV was a lot heavier than I expected.

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Old 08-16-11, 08:49 PM   #683
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Not today,but we just got our i-net hooked back up (see my profile page visitor message for why),this was last Friday. It wasn't technically a true utility ride,but it was the first ever road ride to actually go somewhere my kids have ever been on (we were living way out from nowhere,now in the city). We rode from home to a decent sized car show/shindig they apparently have every year (and close down at least a mile of the main drag to house). Here's a couple pics from the ride...


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How I wish I had a photo but over the weekend I went to Nebraska Furniture mart (local mega mart) and bought a 25" LCD monitor. I strapped the box to the side of my city bike and make the 12 mile trek back home. The looks I got, priceless.
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Passed a fire sale, saw some vacuums, picked one out, scrounged a box, and borrowed some bungees(found all my straps in the panneir where they always are later)

Its was twelve miles to home, some good hills, I use all those gears. Even a shortcut with smoothish singletrack That was hard, holding a line over roots looking around the box.


It did not handle all that great, but I got it home, and the crazy looks I get in Pickup truck land are pretty funny.
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Old 08-22-11, 02:55 PM   #686
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I'm amazed, over 2 years containing 685 posts over 28 pages, and this thread is still near the top. Yet, it's not a sticky thread. I wonder why?
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Old 08-22-11, 04:50 PM   #687
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I don't have a photo but I carried home prescriptions and 4 large baby formula refills. All part of making this car-free thing work.
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Hauled a 10l can of chlorine and a 21kg bag of dog food. The photos show each separately, I hauled them both together.
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Typical Friday load, usually the heaviest of the "normal" days. Wednesdays are our "free paper" days, so load is increased from 140 papers to close to 400. I use the trailer on those days.

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Today I took the glass and plastic to the recycle center. I picked up some sand, bio-solid amendment, and a bottle of rum on the way home. I don't know how much the recycles weighed, but the return trip had just over 280 pounds on the trailer. Yes, the bins are only half-full of sand. Even half-full, one was 107 pounds, the other 105 pounds.

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I got a chance to advertise my favorite restaurant today. I was paid to transport this sign, not to display it, but I was happy for the opportunity to promote Mr.McDonald's affordable and nutritious "food".
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I got a chance to advertise my favorite restaurant today. I was paid to transport this sign, not to display it, but I was happy for the opportunity to promote Mr.McDonald's affordable and nutritious "food".
Putting food in quotes reminded me of one of the movie The Yes Men.... If you haven't seen it, you should.
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Old 09-20-11, 07:45 PM   #693
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We are moving, so I carried four "Yokohama Rides and Rentals" folding bikes(3 pictured) over to our new house.

After almost a year, of experimenting with various ways of strapping the Pacific Carrymes on to the Yuba Mundo, I now think simply plopping them into the Yuba`s ginormous "Go-Getter" bags is the easiest, safest way.

Now I need to get one more bag!

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I went and picked up another ~300 pounds of sand today. Sorry, no pictures, but another successful haul. This time I made sure my trailer tires were properly inflated. And by the way, the trailer does handle better with sufficient air pressure.

I also decided it's time to replace the suspension fork on my Kona with a rigid fork, since I only use the bike for pulling the BAW. Today, I ordered a Surly 1x1 straight (100 mm corrected) rigid fork and picked up some MTB PB Freddy Fenders at the LBS. The fenders will allow me to ride that bike in the rainy season but also keep my Nelson Longflap off the rear tire. I don't mind completing the transition for my trusty-hardtail from MTB to UTB since I have a full suspension MTB for trail riding.

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light grocery haul today on my mtb-turned-city bike. old 700c tubes make great bungees for the rear rack
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first "real" grocery run today- not just the 1/2 gallon of milk trip but two bags of stuff stuck in the basket and a nice, easy 12.5 mile ride. I could get used to this
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Returning from the bike swap a month ago. About 30 t-shirts. Roller pole and tripod for display purposes. And a MTB frame I just couldn't say no to.

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Time to prep the garden for winter so I made a trip to a local stables and hauled a bag of horse manure home.
I dont have a trailer (yet) so I wired on my plywood rack extension for extra width and stability. I filled the thick polythene garden compost bag as much as I could with the most mature, rotted horse manure and lashed it to the platform.
The bike rides very well even with such a top-heavy load. The Alfine gears were sufficient to haul the load up a few steep rises.
No dramas or problems, just a pile of steaming horse manure at the bottom of my garden.
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About supper time,the kids and I rode down to the corner hot dawg/burger place and picked up dinner for all of us (wife doesn't ride,so we brought it back). ALWAYS awesome to ride with the kids
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I just figured out that the Burley forged hitch (that I've been using the past few years with a Bell child trailer) bolts perfectly to the rear-most cross-support of my BAW trailer. This means I can attach my tattered but still serviceable Bell trailer with kid(s) to the back of my BAW trailer. I'll take a picture and post it when I do it for the first time, which will probably be next week. This should be interesting...

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