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Old 06-10-14, 08:18 AM   #1001
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Was looking at the little rack on my wife's step thru framed 1962 Schwinn last night thinking it would haul a 12 pack quite nicely. But alas, we are broke so no beer runs for now. I say something and she will come home with a bottle of wine or a 6 pack one of these days.
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Old 06-10-14, 08:28 AM   #1002
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On the two most recent Sundays, I sang in concerts. I put my tux in a garment bag and rolled it up. The first Sunday, I lashed it to my rack. The second Sunday, I shoved it in a pannier. High quality lightweight wool doesn't wrinkle readily, and I didn't look like a mess at all.

I'm having a lot of fun with panniers and a rack on the front. I should have done this sooner. I thought it would make steering floppy or handling difficult. It doesn't. It feels easier than pedaling with weight on the back. The major downside is the propensity to catch crosswinds.
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Old 06-10-14, 09:25 AM   #1003
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I have been working a lot of mobile events of late so have set up the Burley as my mobile shop... if I have to work in some far reaches of the city I take the bikemobile (my car) if cycling does not serve to be a practical means of getting to and from events.

It is usually an issue of time management and not the distances that puts me in the car... I much prefer cycling.

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Old 06-11-14, 03:55 PM   #1004
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I just bought a Yuba Mundo last week. My first big load was 9 gallons of water. Wobbly when I first took off but quickly adjusted and the ride home was a breeze.
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Old 06-11-14, 08:56 PM   #1005
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Today was the farmer's market in the west end which is a 30 minute ride out.



All those tools and supplies are heavy... with the trailer it must be pushing 70 pounds but Forrest hauls things really well and I stayed in the big ring all day.
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Old 06-12-14, 07:14 AM   #1006
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Sixty Fiver, I like the fact that you are a bike mechanic who uses his bike to transport the required tools and equipment.
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Old 06-12-14, 07:47 AM   #1007
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Sixty Fiver, I like the fact that you are a bike mechanic who uses his bike to transport the required tools and equipment.
I was talking to people yesterday and they were amazed I rode from my shop to the event... I told them that even with the trailer the difference between driving and cycling the 20 km was less than 10 minutes of travel time and I also did two mobile service calls yesterday.

The next two events are downtown and as I live centrally these are only a few km away... this is good as the legs could use a rest, yesterday was a 50 km day.
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Old 07-28-14, 02:10 PM   #1008
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went up to Safeway for milk and bananas. Saw a cheap lock cable in the trash can by the front door and at the other door a 40 something guy checking out a couple of bikes,smelled like thief to me.
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Old 07-30-14, 03:41 PM   #1009
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Bottle depot...



Liquor store...

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Old 08-23-14, 03:24 PM   #1010
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Old 10-14-14, 09:48 AM   #1011
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Old 11-17-14, 12:00 AM   #1012
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I hauled my Pixie bike to work a few days ago.

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Old 12-02-14, 07:38 PM   #1013
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I took an old TV on my trailer to a recycling center. I mostly read LCF, but UC is worth a look, since I haul 50-100 pounds several times a week.
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Old 12-03-14, 12:12 PM   #1014
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My heaviest measured load is 140 pounds.
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Old 03-27-15, 08:38 PM   #1015
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Took about a 10 km ride to work with a couple hundred pounds of flesh, textbooks, binder, computer etc. will probably hit the liquor store for a case of beer, and then pick up some donair on the way home. This will add about another 7-8 km to the trip home, but no climb. I unfortunately gotta climb about 150 ft right outta the driveway to go anywhere.
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Old 04-20-15, 02:33 PM   #1016
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Today I made my first real "Costco run" with my trailer. I would define it a complete success. I hauled a couple of weeks worth of groceries up through my hilly area, roughly ten kilometers round-trip. My cheap trailer was perfectly fine. I just need a 12V car horn to deal with rude motorists and brainless SUV drivers.
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Old 05-22-15, 04:30 PM   #1017
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Had to help a friend mow, wouldn't fit in the car so road the 2 miles to his house to help him out.



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Old 05-30-15, 09:00 PM   #1018
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Went to a bicycle safety event with SixtyFiver



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Old 07-01-15, 12:11 PM   #1019
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I made up for driving to the last event... hauled in the racks and gear for Canada Day bike parking and our estimate was 475-500 pounds on a trailer that is apparently only rated for 300.

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Had intended to go to Lowes for plant food...ended up with this. And, a few large flats of plants. It all fit back there. Somehow.


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Old 07-08-15, 12:36 AM   #1021
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Mounted my Springer Bike Leash today to my Big Dummy and took the dog for a ride around town. Actually, its more like he took me for a ride since once we start moving, he pulls me around faster than I normally ride and has a great time doing it. Then he sleeps like a weirdo.

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Old 07-14-15, 07:41 AM   #1022
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This wasn't today, but last week. Took the pup to the farm for some fresh veggies. His first time in the trailer and he loved it!


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Yesterday I cleared out some scrap from my back yard: old doors, fences, un-usable wood scraps etc. I made 2 trips to the city recycling centre with a fully loaded trailer. The best part was at the centre, cars had to line up and wait for their turn. I just roll right up to the relevant section and offload.
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Old 06-07-16, 07:50 AM   #1024
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Starting small.. Only went a couple blocks from the house. Did 2 small loads but was afraid the cans would start bouncing out. Have a larger bin going to use Saturday morning. My neighbors are amused by some of the stuff I come up with.

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Went camping this weekend.. we never take a car so by bike it is. The trailer really came in handy will all the trips to the beach. About 10 miles worth. Thinking about combining this trailer and another and making a longer one. Also raising the platform above the tires maybe.




This was to just the boat ramp.. Intex Explorer II.. could tell it back there!
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