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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 (#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 (#553)…and how to go Christmas shopping on a bike in the cold rain.

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On the bike…Christmas presents.

How to go Christmas shopping on a bike in the cold rain…bring heavy plastic trash bags with you to wrap purchases in. Bring a plastic tote to carry items in. Even if you think the tote will not leak it likely will (it did)…hence the plastic bags. Accept that you will get wet. Really wet, if it is raining hard (it was). Be prepared to be cold once wet. Acceptance, I find, is key here. But also, be prepared to see some beautiful rainy/foggy city scenes along the way, such as the photo below.

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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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Things That can be Carried on a Bike (#541)

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A canvas book bag containing a few books and other things. A vinyl camera bag containing a camera, a charger, and an extra lens. A cardboard box containing smaller cardboard boxes containing twenty-one newly printed photos.

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Things That Can be Carried on a Bike (#540)

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A few groceries. A gym bag full of wet clothes. The rear wheel off my Torker Cargo-T (having a spoke replaced at the local bike shop), and also general maintenance…a cold, windy, rainy day is a great bike repair day.

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Things That can be Carried on a Bike (#539)

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A camera bag. A book bag. Two large boxes containing smaller boxes of food on its way to a local food pantry. A third box containing a gallon of olive oil, 5lbs of whole wheat flour, a dough rising bucket, and three freshly baked loaves of Ezekiel Bread.

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Things That can be Carried on a Bike (#538)

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A camera bag. A gym bag. A case of red wine.

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Things That can be Carried on a Bike (#537)

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A camera bag. A camera. An extra lens. A tripod. Three new t-shirts. Four new picture frames.

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Things That can be Carried on a Bike (#536)

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$67 in groceries and sundries, and a gym bag containing wet clothes.

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