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Things that can be Carried on a Bike (#557 & #558)

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#557 (above)…Construction debris on its way to a dumpster.

#558 (below)…$110 in groceries, sundries, and dog food.

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Things That can be Carried on a Bike (#556)

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A poinsettia and a few other miscellaneous items.

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Things That Can be Carried on a Bike (#555)

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A Camera bag. A new book (this one, which I’m really excited about). Two new pairs of pants. Eight wood panels measuring 2ft by 4ft each (two full sheets of 1/2inch plywood quartered), and four 6ft boards.

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A few thoughts about riding a bike in the winter, and the view from my kitchen window…

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The above image is the view from the kitchen window from where I am employed. It was snowing rather heavily and when I looked out the window at one point I thought that it was as pretty as a picture…so I took one.

Anyhow, as mentioned in a previous post, I’ve actually driven a car for the past two days (car share). So today when I go back on a bike it felt good, really good. I really love being out in the elements (ok, rain…not so much); I love the feel of the cold winter wind and flakes falling. I also love the fact that I am both the motor and the cargo. And having new studded snow tires made it even more fun.

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Things That can be Carried on a Bike (#554)

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A case of red wine. Four slices of hot pizza. $112 in groceries. A second bike.

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Things That Can be Carried on a Bike (#552)

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Two boxes of food on their way to a local food pantry.

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Things That Can be Carried on a Bike (#551)

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Two slices of pizza, two bottles of red wine, a gym bag full of wet clothes, a small tripod, and a camera bag with an extra lens.

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Things that can be carried on a bike (#550), and a couple brief comments…

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A new set of studded snow tires.

Ok, so I’ve put off buying snow tires for years–maybe a decade. I’m not sure why, maybe the price. And maybe I didn’t think they’d make that big of difference. Well, I purchased this set today and I cannot tell you how incredible they are. The downside is that they greatly (really greatly) increase road resistance, which is especially noticeable on dry pavement. But man, in the snow I feel like I’m driving a four wheel drive truck. No slipping or sliding; excellent braking. The money spent is well worth it. And if you happen to be a four season cyclist who is considering purchasing these tire but haven’t yet, just do it. You won’t be sorry.

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Things That can be Carried on a Bike (#548 & #549)

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#548…Crates and boxes of food on their way to a food pantry.

#549…A Christmas Tree.

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Things That can be Carried on a Bike (#547)

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A gym bag with wet clothes, and a double order of Chinese take-out.

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Things That can be Carried on a Bike (#546)

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All the essentials…groceries, sundries, dog food, red wine.

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Things That Can be Carried on a Bike (#545)

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A camera bag. A gym Bag. A tripod. A box of groceries.

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Things That can be Carried on a Bike (#544) and a view from my handlebars on a crisp autumn night

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On the bike…A gym bag containing wet clothes. A large plastic box containing groceries, sundries, and red wine. Sixteen 2x4s.

The view…From Elmwood Avenue looking towards Buffalo’s West Side at sunset.

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Things That can be Carried on a Bike (#543)

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A cardboard box containing two freshly baked and still-warm loaves of 100% whole wheat bread. an empty dough rising bucket. a camera bag. a book bag.

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Things That can be Carried on a Bike (#542)

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Four new shirts. Three new pairs of pants. A new pair of shoes. A large bag of dog food. Two jars of peanut butter. Ten pounds of whole wheat flour.

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The View from my Handlebars (a few things I saw while riding my bike today)

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A reason to ride…

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Okay. So I’ve posted this video in the past. But not in quite a while. I just came across it in my bookmarks again and thought that I’d re-post it for a couple  reasons. One is for those that may have not seen this before. The other is that…well, I never seem to tire of it. This really could be me narrating it, but of course it is not. It is a mere 59 seconds long; I hope you watch it.

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