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Things That Can Be Carried On A Bike (#210), and a quick comment about cargo bikes

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A 15 lb. capacity, all-steel sausage stuffer.
A canvas bag containing 4 books.
A six-pack of Ellicottville Brewing Company Pale Ale.
A gym bagful of wet clothing.
A cardboard box containing 2 bottles of Chateau Saint Sulpice Bordeaux.
A pound of baker’s yeast.
Three pastry tarts.
A cardboard box full of kindling.

It’s interesting that when I was originally out today and passed by an intersection where there was road construction going on I saw a couple of workers point and laugh at the Mundo (can you believe it). At the time all I was carrying on the bike was the gym bag. I may be being paranoid (about the jesting), but I doubt it. Anyhow, on the way back, and as I crossed the same intersection, I had the bike fully loaded. This time they just looked in awe (as their monster trucks stood on the sidelines just waiting to suck fuel). The best I can figure is that they had a temporary case of cargo-bike envy. Another interesting thing is that while there was a long row of cars (mostly containing single passengers) waiting on queue for the construction, I was able to pedal through without haste.

>Things That Can Be Carried On A Bike (#210), and a quick comment about cargo bikes

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A 15 lb. capacity, all-steel sausage stuffer.
A canvas bag containing 4 books.
A six-pack of Ellicottville Brewing Company Pale Ale.
A gym bagful of wet clothing.
A cardboard box containing 2 bottles of Chateau Saint Sulpice Bordeaux.
A pound of baker’s yeast.
Three pastry tarts.
A cardboard box full of kindling.

It’s interesting that when I was originally out today and passed by an intersection where there was road construction going on I saw a couple of workers point and laugh at the Mundo (can you believe it). At the time all I was carrying on the bike was the gym bag. I may be being paranoid (about the jesting), but I doubt it. Anyhow, on the way back, and as I crossed the same intersection, I had the bike fully loaded. This time they just looked in awe (as their monster trucks stood on the sidelines just waiting to suck fuel). The best I can figure is that they had a temporary case of cargo-bike envy. Another interesting thing is that while there was a long row of cars (mostly containing single passengers) waiting on queue for the construction, I was able to pedal through without haste.

Things That Can Be Carried On A Bike (#209)

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Four pieces of fruit, a Sunday newspaper, and a large spinach pizza.

>Things That Can Be Carried On A Bike (#209)

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Four pieces of fruit, a Sunday newspaper, and a large spinach pizza.

No Car Necessary

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George Bliss, co-owner of Hudson Urban Bicycles

The title of this post is taken directly from a July article in the New York Times titled, Hauling Cargo, No Car Necessary. It’s an inspiring article (and short video below) regarding, not surprisingly, cargo bikes. I’ve been interested in carrying stuff by bike since I was a little kid (opposed to the big kid that I am now), so this article and video really hits home. I also question if there is a cargo-hauling trike in my not-so-near future (maybe when I’m too old to balance properly). My biggest problem with a cargo trike like this is that I wouldn’t have any place to store it (as it is I currently store my three main bikes in my living room); I’d have to build some sort of an outdoor storage shed in my backyard. I’m sure there are some real load carrying benefits (and disabilities) to having three wheels instead of two. Interestingly (and you have to look for this to notice it), in the video when they are speaking with George Bliss in front of his shop, there are a couple quick images of a Mundo or two…he must sell them in NYC. At any rate, it’s a good (and brief) article and video; I encourage you to watch and read it…it’ll probably make you want to go haul some stuff.

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/bcvideo/1.0/iframe/embed.html?videoId=1247468460165&playerType=embed

>No Car Necessary

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George Bliss, co-owner of Hudson Urban Bicycles

The title of this post is taken directly from a July article in the New York Times titled, Hauling Cargo, No Car Necessary. It’s an inspiring article (and short video below) regarding, not surprisingly, cargo bikes. I’ve been interested in carrying stuff by bike since I was a little kid (opposed to the big kid that I am now), so this article and video really hits home. I also question if there is a cargo-hauling trike in my not-so-near future (maybe when I’m too old to balance properly). My biggest problem with a cargo trike like this is that I wouldn’t have any place to store it (as it is I currently store my three main bikes in my living room); I’d have to build some sort of an outdoor storage shed in my backyard. I’m sure there are some real load carrying benefits (and disabilities) to having three wheels instead of two. Interestingly (and you have to look for this to notice it), in the video when they are speaking with George Bliss in front of his shop, there are a couple quick images of a Mundo or two…he must sell them in NYC. At any rate, it’s a good (and brief) article and video; I encourage you to watch and read it…it’ll probably make you want to go haul some stuff.

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/bcvideo/1.0/iframe/embed.html?videoId=1247468460165&playerType=embed

My Favorite Summertime Sandwich

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Tomatoes, basil, and razor-thin slivers of hot chilies straight from the garden; layered with raw onion and sharp cheddar, then slathered with mayonnaise on homemade 100% whole wheat bread (click here for a recipe).

In a word: dinner!

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