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Things that can be carried on a bike (#678)…

$170 in groceries, sundries, and dog food. Three liters of red wine. And a double order of Chinese take out.

Now if I were the type of person that liked to scrunch words together and put a number symbol in front of them (which of course is also known as a hashtag), I would likely do it to the following phrases… cars are optional, bicycles are vehicles, human powered, be the change you want to see, and freedom (and yes, I am aware the last one is a word and not a phrase but that’s what makes it special I suppose).

Urban Simplicity.

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

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

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

Urban Simplicity.

Things That can be Carried on a Bike (#523)…and a random photo of a sunflower.

On the bike (and in the trailer)…groceries, sundries, dog food, and a gym bag.

Urban Simplicity.

Things That Can be Carried on a Bike (#495) and a brief comment…

On the bike…Slightly more than $120 in groceries.

I was shopping at a local grocery store yesterday. It’s not my favorite store but it is the closest to my house; this is mainly the reason I go there (but they do have good prices on produce). And one of the things I like about this store is that plastic grocery bags are not given to you; the cashier asks if you want any. This, I’m sure is not for environmental purposes, it’s for financial (they charge 10 cents a bag). Nonetheless, it keeps less people from using plastic bags and that’s ok with me. But that’s not what I’m getting at. As I paid my bill the cashier–seeing I didn’t have any bags with me–asked how many I would like. She looked at my rather full cart, then back at me, then says, “Are you just going to put all this stuff in your car loose like this?” Well, I tell her, no, not exactly…I’m on a bike. She smiled and looked as if waiting for the punch line, as if I told her a joke. To cut to the end of the story, she didn’t believe me. I told her that I’ve carried far more things than this on my bike(s), but she looked at me like I was a bit nuts (which I may be). I realize that me carrying this stuff is not all that special (likely many of you reading this do the same and carry much more than this by bike) but it is really something…the automatic response regarding cars and bikes in our culture (yes, I know I am generalizing). As I wheeled the cart away I actually heard her tell the cashier next to her that I am carrying all that stuff on a bike. I just smiled and pushed the squeaky cart towards the door…

Urban Simplicity.

Things That Can be Carried on a Bike (#475)

Various bread baking supplies and ingredients (including about 5lbs. of live starter which later exploded–literally!–in my refrigerator), and a 6qt. professional-grade mixer.

Urban Simplicity.

Things That Can be Carried on a Bike (#443) and the View from My Handlebars

On the bike…nearly $170 in groceries.

The view in front of me…a big, big sky on a cold, cold winter’s day.

Urban Simplicity.

Things That Can be Carried on a Bike (#402 & #403)

#402 (above)…a plastic bag containing an extra pair of dry pants which I changed into after arriving at church soaking wet from riding in the rain.

#403 (below)…A canvas bag containing wet gym clothes; a BikeRev trailer containing 3 liters of red wine and $62.57 worth of groceries.

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.

Things That Can be Carried on a Bike (#448)…plus Dominic and his Dog

On the bike (above)…an antique oak table.

About the below photo…Generally speaking the Things That Can be Carried on a Bike series are pictures of things that I carry on my bike. But sometimes I photograph other people carrying things with bikes that I find interesting. The below photo is one of them. That’s Dominic and his dog (sorry…can’t remember the dog’s name). I was unstrapping the above table from my bike when I saw Dominic and his dog coming down the street and stop at a neighbor’s house. I asked if I could take their picture and he said yes. His dog, which looked to be not tethered, just laid there and smiled. Dominic told me all he has to do is ask him if he wants to go for a ride and he hops on the trailer. He also told me they rode in from South Buffalo, which is nearly ten miles from where the picture was taken. Nice.

Urban Simplicity.

Things That Can be Carried on a Bike (#443)…and a couple comments

On and being pulled by the bike…$184.67 in groceries.

Comment #1…I went to a big box supermarket today, haven’t been to one on a while. Not that I’m boycotting them or anything…I just don’t find them that convenient and would much rather shop in a smaller store. Anyhow, as my merchandise was being rang out I noticed that the cashier was putting it in plastic bags. I asked her not to put the remainder in bags, that I didn’t need them. I also mentioned that we could simply put the groceries back in the cart. How are you going to get them home, she asked, do you have bags in your car. Well, I told her, I have baskets and a trailer for my bike…I can just put everything in those without the bags. You’re going to carry all of this home on a bike, she inquired (it was a full cart). Yes, I don’t live too far. She eyed me suspiciously for the remainder of the transaction.

Comment #2…It is possible for an adult to survive in America without the daily use of a car.

Urban Simplicity.