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Old 09-14-09, 10:14 AM   #126
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typical weekend...... trips to farmers market, yogurt, Jamba Juice (sick kid request), Peets coffee

5 trips of a little more than 2 miles each (the cyclometer is acting up so total is ??? )

to repeat my koan, rant, manifesto: This is the type of utility cycling we should encourage friends, family, co worrkers, etc. to do. Max simplicity and max benefit. This is utility cyclying for the masses....no need for a trailer, an long tail, etc. Actually all of these trips could have be done by simply slinging a bag over the handle bars, but a simple front basket (cute one for those that car) would have worked and my wald folding did greate
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Old 09-14-09, 10:33 AM   #127
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Took the longtail to the hardware store yesterday for some painting supplies, and then onward to the grocery store for two weeks of foodstuffs.
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Old 09-17-09, 06:59 PM   #128
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A nice day. A long day. Suffer through my long post or skip over it.

As I headed towards what turned out to be my last pick, "5 or 6" boxes from 15th street to Union Station, I messaged base that it should be a rush. This was a technicality, the ticket indicated that the job would be ready for pickup at 4:30 and should be picked up no later than 5:30. Regular service for a car job downtown only promises 2 hour delivery time, which almost but not quite would require a pick up within one hour of scheduled pick-up time. I tell too many tales out of school, eat this message after reading it. Our services aren't cheap, but if you want better than regular service, you should pay a little more.

When I got there it was 4:45 and the eleven boxes were marked "drop by 5:30". Wait a minute, you told us pick by 5:30 not drop by 5:30, you did not request rush delivery, you said 6 boxes. This should have been a hatchback charge as the load would not fit in some cars, and I probably should have charged loading time, two full handtrucks with a labyrinthian end game, but I left it as a car job and I did not add a time surcharge. We did have to upgrade it to a double rush. I had another job to Union Station on my itinerary which I had to give up, which is why this turned out to be my last pick.

I made it with plenty of time to spare, but I was a little too amped up to stop for pictures. Picture in your head a big load 250lb with a hastily placed tarp over it. Suffice to say, if the off and on drizzle we had today had changed to rain during that trip, I might be looking for a new job tomorrow.

Bikestation on the west end of Union Station looks to be coming together nicely. They will have showers, lockers, bike storage. I don't consider bicycling an activity that requires showering afterwards unless you rode through poison ivy, and I can't really visualize all the bikes parked at Union Station fitting in here, but it's looking like a pretty cool addition to our city and if it increases bicycling, that's good.
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A nice day. A long day. Suffer through my long post or skip over it.

Bikestation on the west end of Union Station looks to be coming together nicely. They will have showers, lockers, bike storage. I don't consider bicycling an activity that requires showering afterwards unless you rode through poison ivy, and I can't really visualize all the bikes parked at Union Station fitting in here, but it's looking like a pretty cool addition to our city and if it increases bicycling, that's good.
the bike station looks cool any way.

Out of curiosity...what is your average mileage (although pounds per mile may be a better measure ) ?
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I don't know, probably only 20 to 30 miles including my commute which is about 9 miles roundtrip. I haven't used a bike computer since back in the late 20th century. It's nice to have the stats, but I broke the few I tried to use. I lock up too often and inevitably snag the wire with my lock or smash the unit on a parking meter. I can't have anything nice because I'll only break it.

I'm going to try and install a GPS tracking app to my Windows Mobile device, so I can see where I went each day and how far.
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wow, if your mileage is really that low then that really shows up how a car is way overkill to do the same job. You may be underestimating tho - I attached my computer to my mundo last week, and I've been surprised to find how far i was travelling - trips I thought were about 6km turned out to be nearly 10 etc. I think the ease of the bike dupes us into thinking it isnt that far. There's an important lesson there for many people who drive shortish trips because they think its too far to cycle.

On a related note, I did a 40km round trip out into the country on my mundo last week, just to see what would happen. Took nearly 3 hours (not counting a nap on the beach at the furthest point) cycling at a leisurely pace - proving (to me at least) that the mundo is fine for longer distances so long as you are enjoying the scenery and not trying to race.

keep pedalling!
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a cheapo wireless like this might work out http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...00_20000_54004

but I'm a metrics kind of guy..... don't turn me loose with excel
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Typical weekend....farmers market with son, stop to watch local parade. Trip to get yogurt for my wife. Last week rode to son's school at lunch to help with hot lunch (He and I commuted that day)
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Boxes containing banners for Ford's Theatre, on top of some other stuff. Ford's Theatre has offices across the street which is why I'm parked on this side of the street, in front of the house that Lincoln died in. The historic theatre is in the background. Lincoln was moved to a house across the street from the theatre after he was shot.

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I always enjoy your pics of DC, qmsdc15. Thanks for continuing to post 'em. Got a ? about this last pic. Is that a permanent cage around the maple tree? Does DC have a giant beaver problem?
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Thanks, bigshew. The tree that stood there before had to be removed because it's trunk was covered with used chewing gum. Youngsters on field trip to DC, worse than beavers. If you like my pictures, check out the thread titled K street traffic in the southeast regional forum.

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Maps in late day sunlight reflected from a building across the street. The sun is actually on the other side of this hotel. Put on new freewheel and chain this morning. Shiny!
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Shake down run of the new Burley Tailwaggin. Took the pooch for a ride then loaded up on the week's groceries.
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Burley Tailwaggin. Took the pooch for a ride
oh the PUNishment........ +1
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Today was a run to th' Costco, 15 miles round trip. Not as bulky as I've done before but lots of heavy liquids. Mostly cleaners and such to get the mud room ready to hold veges for winter. Plus some beef for stews and sundry foodstuffs. Yesterday it was a run to the local farmer's market where the best of the Mat-Su veges are getting sold off before the snow comes. Look at those purple vikings and yellow finns!





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Ah the weekend....farmers market...almost the end of nectarines..... two trips to the hardware store... typical simple "honey do" proejct that went awry
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Normal leisurely trip w/my wife to the Post Office and quick stop in at discount market in late afternoon - round trip = 10.7 mi. - cargo: 15 lbs. of canine; 3 letters ; 1 catalog and 1 bag of tortilla chips. This trip is always one of my favorite errands and rides through the 'hood. life=good!
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I ruined the cupcakes.
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Sorry to hear that... more importantly...did you salvage any of them for personal use?? (btw... I have trailer envy... big time!!)
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Made a run to the bookstore during lunch -- on my road bike.

Does that count?
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Made a run to the bookstore during lunch -- on my road bike.

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Onlly if it was a good book of course that counts
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Daily run to the P.O. in the books, cargo: 15 lbs. of canine and some bills I tried to lose on the way home - 11.35mi. logged.
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Sorry to hear that... more importantly...did you salvage any of them for personal use?? (btw... I have trailer envy... big time!!)
I didn't know they were messed up when I delivered them, but I got a call later saying I had "demolished" them. I might get charged for the damages and I didn't get any cake. Good luck on your trailer. It looks like you will have something similar to mine when you're done.
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Cold rain all day. Ten cases of wine was my biggest load.
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gmsdc15,

Thanks for posting pictures. D.C. is my old stomping ground and your photos make me a bit "homesick." I don't miss the traffic, but I miss the activities the city has to offer as well as friends back there. I like the bike station, it looks cool. I gave up riding on the streets in D.C. because of the traffic congestion and began riding the various bike trails there. Where I've retired, I can ride the roads. It's a rural area in the middle of a huge national forest and there aren't as many drivers and the ones on the road here aren't as stressed out or in a rush.

Today I road into town to the health food store. I have a trailer, but didn't use it. Just picked up a few things that fit nicely in the panniers. The only problem with the little town I live near is that there just aren't any bike racks and it can be difficult to find anything to lock your bike to.
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