(above photo) A nylon gym bag full of wet clothes, and a BikeRev trailer containing slightly more than $50 in groceries.
(below photo) I was on my way home this evening from the health club and grocery store and the weather was just perfect…not-too-hot, not-too-cool, brilliant sun, and not a cloud in the sky. After this past week of mostly rain and then humid weather this was truly welcome. I spent my day rushing around a hot kitchen and it felt really good to be out in the fresh air. In the below picture I was waiting at a traffic light. I was facing west and the sun hung low because it was mid-evening. The traffic light seemed especially long. So as I stood there straddling my bike I squinted through the sun and watched two planes travel through the sky (visible in the picture) knowing I will be on one in a couple weeks. The warmth of the sun was on my face and a slight breeze was to my back. I also thought, as I waited for the light to change, that I haven’t had a car in nearly two months and I’ve barely noticed it. At that moment there was nowhere else I wanted to be.
Payday today, the house was bare with essentials. After a brief steam and swim I ran errands and did some shopping. This is what I carried on–or pulled with–the bike tonight from 4 separate stores:
Two bags of of dog food, $67 in groceries, vitamins, sundries, a bottle of red wine, a canvas bag containing an extra camera, books, and writing tools, a gym bag full of wet clothes, an extra jacket, and an extra chain lock.
Firstly I would like to say that I don’t know who this person is or where the photo was taken (I came across it here), but I thought this was so impressive that I’d pass it along. The guy is riding a Mundo, pulling a fully-loaded 8ft trailer (looks like a bikes-at-work trailer), with another trailer/bike attached at the rear end (but oddly doesn’t have anything loaded on the Mundo itself). Impressive none-the-less.
I’ve done this a few times, though not since last fall. I got the idea online but can’t remember where. I came across a site that sold the Mundo Yuba and it actually showed them being delivered by another Yuba. Anyhow, much to my teenage son’s chagrin, that is his bike being towed. I had to pick him up at his mother’s house this morning and run a few errands. As usual, yes I could have easily hopped in my vehicle but it would not have been nearly as fun (unfortunately, I don’t believe my son shares my enthusiasm…but then again I’m not sure I would have if I were his age). Anyhow, the bike is designed so the front tire of another bike fits into one of the drop bars. All you have to do is strap it tight to the Yuba. The bike being towed turns at it’s own fork so you really don’t even notice you’re pulling one (granting it’s strapped on tight…the first time I did this I didn’t have it strapped down well enough and the vibration chipped paint on both bikes). One more way to go car-lite.
I rode my Dahon today for the first time in a few months…it felt good. It was such an odd feeling after riding “the Mule” and the Yuba all winter. The Dahon, with it’s short wheel base and 20″ wheels, feels almost like a sports car (was I going thorough a mid-life crises when I purchased this bike?). Anyhow, like all the bikes I own, this one is fun to ride…and doing errands on them (with my bike rev trailer) is way more fun than in a car.