July 9, 2005
Carrying bikes with a bike
Today I went to the bike shop and fixed up the four bikes we're donating to four Hmong refugees from Thailand who just arrived a week and a half ago. It took me a while because there were some major problems with a couple of them. They had come over to the shop to pick them out on Thursday evening but they couldn't take them home. first of all, my friend who brought them had no way of carrying the bikes home in his car. And the bikes needed some serious work so I told them I'd fix them and deliver them Saturday night. Ok, no problem. So after watching the Tour de France this morning I hooked up my bright-yellow cargo trailer and went to the shop to work. After fixing them I put all four bikes on my trailer standing up, side by side! I strapped them down to the hooks I put on each side and end and it was great! The trailer is 2-1/2 feet by 6 feet and has a flat bed.
So off I went through St. Paul with a load of bikes behind me. I got some seriously wierd looks of surprise and pointing. When I arrived at their house, my friend was out there painting with a bunch of his friends and relatives. Not being one to slouch, I grabbed a brush and painted. One of his cousins couldn't believe that I carried bikes behind my bike. He loved the idea of saving gas by riding my bike too. A seed planted in his brain?
On my way home in the evening I was hauling an empty trailer. Pulling this trailer with no load is really easy I've found. But with four bikes standing up on it I could definately tell what needed to be improved. Time to redesign a couple of things I think.
I was thrilled of course to use my 25 dollar flat-bed trailer for it's intended purpose.
Posted by carl1236 at July 9, 2005 10:15 PM | Bicycles