Category Archives: Work Bicycle

One Last Ride…

If you’ve visited this blog before then you know my interest in bicycles as not just a vehicle from which to get from point A to point B (though for this they are extremely useful) but also as human powered machines that do things. I’ve of course showed all sorts of things that can be carried on bikes, and have profiled military bikes, bicycles as ambulances, mail bikes, and even a taco bike. And now here is a tricycle hearse. Nice. Morbid, you may think? I disagree. We’re all going to end up on the other side eventually so why not let our last ride be a leisurely one powered by a fellow human. To read a full story about this, click here. To go to the site of the funeral home where Funeral Home Director Wade (pictured) pedals people to their final resting place, click here.

Urban Simplicity.

Art Imitating Life…Things That Can be Carried on a Bike (#484)

On the bike….photos of bikes carrying things on bikes being carried to an art gallery by one of the bikes in the photos carrying and being carried by bikes.

If you are in the Buffalo area and are at all interested, I’ll have a few photos from the Things That Can be Carried on a Bike series in the below show.

Main (St)udios Buffalo
515 Main Street

Opening Friday May 17th, 2013, 12-2PM & 7-9PM
Runs through May 30th, 2013

The show benefits Go Bike Buffalo.

Urban Simplicity.

Cargo Bikes…what’s old is new again

If you’ve been to this blog before then you likely know that I have an interest in the history of the bicycle, particularly bicycles that are built to work and carry stuff (to read more about this click here). Anyhow, after reading this excellent article today in Momentum Magazine regarding the quiet rise of the cargo bike in America today, I couldn’t help but think of two things: (1) that cargo bikes really make the most sense, especially in an urban setting, and (2) that they have been around for quite a while. Anyhow, here’s a few vintage adverts..

Urban Simplicity.

Lawn Surfing…or parking lot surfing, or road surfing, or…

Okay, this takes the tiny house movement to a whole new level. That’s Alexander Main in the above photo in the midst of building his bicycle RV, which he now lives in. When he parks it at night he refers to it as “lawn surfing” (nice). Here’s a picture of the finished RV below.

While I am always trying to simplify and downsize I am not sure I am ready for this…but I am really interested in it. I’ve often thought that if I were homeless (and maybe I will be someday) I would want to own a bike for easy transport, but it would be even better if I had one of these mobile shelters (a tent on a trailer by Tony’s Trailers). They are inexpensive and could carry all your stuff. Anyhow, for examples of more deluxe options of mobile shelters (most of which are made by the people who occupy them) click here, here, here, here, or here.

To visit Alexander’s Bicycle RV website, click here; if you’d like to donate to or support his project, click here. Here’s a short video explaining his trailer.

Urban Simplicity.

L’Arrotino (The Grinder Bike)

This, I think, is really interesting. A work bicycle of yesterday being built again for today. I originally came across this at Bike Hugger, and apparently it is being built for Nella Cutlery by Winter Bicycles. I’m old enough to remember–when I was a little boy–the vegetable hucksters coming around (by truck not bike) and shouting their arrival with their distinctive call, and the egg man and milkman, too. And later, when I spent a brief period in the French Quarter of New Orleans during the mid-1980’s there was still a guy who would come around (again, by truck) and shouting his arrival and cooks and housewives would come out to have their knives sharpened on the back of his truck. Anyhow, I think this is pretty cool. Many of you know that I work as a professional cook, that’s all I’ve ever done. And some days when it gets crazy hot and busy I fantasize about doing something else…working for myself out of doors in the summer instead of facing a blazing stove. Well…Ahh, it’s good to have fantasies I suppose. I don’t know how easy it would be to support one’s self financially grinding knives on a bicycle, nor am I sure how many people would actually use the service. But if you’re ever in your house and hear someone yelling in the street…the knife man is here to sharpen your knives, l’uomo coltello è qui, el hombre cuchillo está aquí, l’homme couteau est ici…bring your knives and scissors out to be sharpened…it may just be me.


Urban Simplicity.