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Old 09-03-12, 10:41 AM   #1
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haulin' dem groc'ries (with pics)

i work at a free medical clinic and found a portable blood testing 'chine in the trash, complete with carry case (below); apparently obsolete.

i thought the case was cool and, upon inspection found it to be padded with closed cell foam. ding!

while shopping i was going to get a couple of pizzas, but they wouldn't fit, even diagonally, so
got a couple of small ones (for the same price as 2 large, grrr). maybe next time i'll fold the larges in half.

i managed to get all the cold stuff in and the bags packed, except for the doughnuts (as seen in the white bag atop the black bag). i couldn't get all four in so had to eat one . and, since discerning minds want to know, they were (past tense, since i've eaten them) chocolate coated cake with peanuts on top. mmmmmmmm.

i did bring along 2 freezer cold packs.

i mounted it sideways to be able to get my wonky-kneed leg over and it rides quite well using 2 X'ed bungees. i filled it while shopping and kept the cover closed. worked nicely.

the bike is on the trolley for demonstration purposes only. there are other pics in the clydesdale/athena category. title: fall ride in colorado, parts 1,2,3.

oh, an' don' be lookin' at what i bought- we fixin' on de volume, not de eatin' habits of bachelors, ok? hmpf.

the shoe brush was there for perspective.

page 2 has a couple more pics; loaded up at the store. waaaaak!
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How could anyone comment on someone who has the good taste to buy Amy's brand frozen dinners? Not I.

And I'm sure pizza rolls are actually their own food group. I learned that in college.
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I too recently hauled some groceries. The trailer was full and the Wald 535 baskets on the bike and my backpack were empty. $200 worth of groceries in the trailer alone, I wonder how much I would have to spend to reach load capacity. Most of my stuff came from the bulk bins and produce section. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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How could anyone comment on someone who has the good taste to buy Amy's brand frozen dinners? Not I.

And I'm sure pizza rolls are actually their own food group. I learned that in college.
i'm given to understand beer is a food group, though i only use it occasionally for bbqing!
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I too recently hauled some groceries. The trailer was full and the Wald 535 baskets on the bike and my backpack were empty. $200 worth of groceries in the trailer alone, I wonder how much I would have to spend to reach load capacity. Most of my stuff came from the bulk bins and produce section. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

is that the one that can have a 'roof rack' on top? i love it! weight rating?
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Yeah you can put a rack on it, but if you check Amazon.com the rack doesn't get very high reviews. It's good to 100lbs, more than I want to pedal.
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i'm given to understand beer is a food group, though i only use it occasionally for bbqing!
It's my additive of choice for cheese fondue.
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It's my additive of choice for cheese fondue.
do you actually add it to the cheese, or just kinda wave it over it, then drink it?
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I too recently hauled some groceries. The trailer was full and the Wald 535 baskets on the bike and my backpack were empty. $200 worth of groceries in the trailer alone, I wonder how much I would have to spend to reach load capacity. Most of my stuff came from the bulk bins and produce section. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Sweet. Can you link to this trailer on Amazon? All my search results were for pulling little kids.
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Although, this looks similar.

http://www.amazon.com/Burley-Design-...burley+hauling
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That first photo looks like one of the old Yellow Cars. How cool! Where is that located? Is it now a restaurant?
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do you actually add it to the cheese, or just kinda wave it over it, then drink it?
Add it to the cheese sauce - I love using beer and wine in cooking, but for drinking I'm more of a whiskey sort of person.
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I'm barred from driving for a few months due to a severe eye injury, so I did the old milk crate routine. Because of the type of rack I have on my old indestructible Trek 900 I cut down the front of the crate so it wouldn't hit my legs. It's held on with a few old toe clip straps. So far the system works great for both grocery and beer runs.
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The Food run with the trailer just about empty!
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Sweet. Can you link to this trailer on Amazon? All my search results were for pulling little kids.
It's called the Burley Nomad. It's at $299 now, good time to jump on it. That's $150 off MSRP.
http://www.amazon.com/Burley-Design-...s=burley+nomad

This is the Croozer, about $100 cheaper. Never seen one but it's at 4.5 stars in the reviews.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...pf_rd_i=507846

Personally I'd go with the Burley. Everything about it says quality.
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[iQUOTE=bjjoondo;14763350]The Food run with the trailer just about empty!
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iiiiiiii'm not seeing any bbq here.....
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That first photo looks like one of the old Yellow Cars. How cool! Where is that located? Is it now a restaurant?
i should have put in a 3/4 view of the trolley.

it is in downtown denver (colorado). not a restaurant, though there was one in
a restaurant in denver. it was in the old spaghetti factory and you could eat inside
the trolley inside the restaurant. now out of business.
the trolley operates year around as a tourist event. they ask a $5 donation. the
ride is ~20 minutes long, and goes along the south platte river. very nice ride.
when you get to the end, the car does not turn around. it stops and everyone
stands up and flips the backs of the seats over, then you turn around and sit on
the seat that was in front of you. i'll do some more pics, including the changing of the
seat backs.




here is a teaser to hold you until i take another ride down there this weekend.

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i should have put in a 3/4 view of the trolley.

it is in downtown denver (colorado). not a restaurant, though there was one in
a restaurant in denver. it was in the old spaghetti factory and you could eat inside
the trolley inside the restaurant. now out of business.
the trolley operates year around as a tourist event. they ask a $5 donation. the
ride is ~20 minutes long, and goes along the south platte river. very nice ride.
when you get to the end, the car does not turn around. it stops and everyone
stands up and flips the backs of the seats over, then you turn around and sit on
the seat that was in front of you. i'll do some more pics, including the changing of the
seat backs.




here is a teaser to hold you until i take another ride down there this weekend.
Thanks. I'd glimpsed at your location quickly and thought you were in Southern California. It's nice to see an old trolley up and running, although I'd rather it were aimed at real commuters and not just tourists.

There used to be trains here in Spain that had those seats with the flippable backs, but they did away with them for some reason and now you often find yourself riding backwards, which I hate. I look forward to seeing more pics.
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Thanks. I'd glimpsed at your location quickly and thought you were in Southern California. It's nice to see an old trolley up and running, although I'd rather it were aimed at real commuters and not just tourists.

There used to be trains here in Spain that had those seats with the flippable backs, but they did away with them for some reason and now you often find yourself riding backwards, which I hate. I look forward to seeing more pics.


ok, i did my ride today and here are the promised pics....

the seatback has a ball/socket on each end and it pivots almost 180 degrees on it's
latitudinal axis (longways). the operators remembered me (uh-oh) and were very gracious
when i explained what i wanted. there is/was a broncos home game today and the trolley
looked like it was covered in fleas wearing orange. packed 'em in.
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Some excellent material in this thread. As a dude who is nearing retirement age and concerned about the budget I can absolutely see myself going car free.
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Interesting hauling habits...

I have a dedicated beer bike No trolleys or trams. They killed those just after WW2 and buried the tracks. We barely have bus service.

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I have a dedicated beer bike No trolleys or trams. They killed those just after WW2 and buried the tracks. We barely have bus service.

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priceless! i note the (almost) locally made fat tire. now you got me to thinking- coors makes a slurry,
shipped out to bottlers around the country in rr tank cars (owned by coors, marked corx on the sides of the cars) where they add local water. wonder whether new belgium does, too? i'm not a drinker, but i know the leinenkugel name.

love the monster front basket. in addition to the beer you might get 3-4 pizzas (extra large) in there, too. i'd like to get a porteur rack, but there don't seem to be any made for suspended front ends. old man mountain does make a narrow front rack, but i'd like a really wide one.
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I have a dedicated beer bike No trolleys or trams. They killed those just after WW2 and buried the tracks. We barely have bus service.

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priceless! i note the (almost) locally made fat tire. now you got me to thinking- coors makes a slurry,
shipped out to bottlers around the country in rr tank cars (owned by coors, marked corx on the sides of the cars) where they add local water. wonder whether new belgium does, too? i'm not a drinker, but i know the leinenkugel name.

love the monster front basket. in addition to the beer you might get 3-4 pizzas (extra large) in there, too. i'd like to get a porteur rack, but there don't seem to be any made for suspended front ends. old man mountain does make a narrow front rack, but i'd like a really wide one.
Currently New Belgium (Fat Tire) is ONLY made in Fort Collins, CO. However they are planning an expansion brewery in Asheville, NC about a 5 hour drive from where I live . The Lennies is a Wisconsin brew.

That basket is actually the Wald 139 which is the medium size. If you want to haul pizza you need the Wald 157.


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