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Cargo

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I’ve blathered about B.O.B. before, but now I get to some more because I’ve got a trailer again. I sprung for the Ibex primarily for the rad suspension. I can’t wait to haul more stuff than this thing is rated for—70 lbs. Having my bike sitting at the bike shop always gets a lot of looks and questions because of it’s rack—C.E.T.M.A., but now it seems to garner more comment what with the trailer attached to it. It truly is my utility bike, I reckon most people roll a trailer with a triple chainring or at least some gears, but I’ve opted to be ultimately utilitarian with my fixed gear bike. It’s become quite the beater, but it still performs like the true beast of burden it is. This just means I won’t mind beating it up more.

If I want gears for the Ibex, it’ll have to ride in luxury—the Coppi has got B.O.B. nuts also. The gears do make it easier under load, but how often have you seen a Ferrari with a trailer hitch? This is why the fixed is the typical B.O.B. puller. Throwing down fixie skids with the attached trailer does prove difficult if not impossible however. Something I can get over pretty easily I think.

There are always the questions as to why? “Why do you need a trailer?” Because I refuse to rely on a automobile to get around, and sometimes I need to haul stuff is why. The questions then sarcastically turn to things like, “what if you need to haul a piano?” When it gets that unrealistically big, well, its time for reasonable alternatives. For the most part it’s been groceries, or runs to drop off recycling, but I’ve loaded it up with copious other things, best of all was the cat on the way to the vet. Like Alex at the shop commented, the cat could easily replace a bike horn, as she was meowing so continually the entire way.

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She’s a talkative kitty, just making sure everything was alright.

The only thing I have been unable to haul was the pair of wooden pallets I attempted to load in. It might’ve worked had I a couple more bungie cords, but the sound and sight of the straining suspension gave me the impression it wasn’t a good idea. Besides they were standing, balanced in the trailer at about the 6′ mark. That would have been a sketchy ride home indeed.

This box however, somewhat close to as tall and imbalanced, was a cinch. Just returning some styrofoam peanuts to the UPS store:

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Any reason why they question accepting returned cardboard as well? Any reason we should not be able to give back UPS Store cardboard to the UPS Store?

At any rate, I’m looking forward to some long distance riding with it soon, that’ll be a good time fersure! I love any opportunity I can get to haul something with my bike, B.O.B. and C.E.T.M.A. only add to the chances. The bigger the better!

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6 Responses

  1. Chas says:

    Being a former UPS Store employee, I would guess that they don’t accept used cardboard because they can’t sell it back to a customer. They make a lot of money off of those cardboard boxes, incase you’ve never seen the prices. And, the space required would be a pain in the butt, they’d have to break it all down and restock it, and I would guess it would get real messy since they have a set amount of box sizes so you’re odd-sized box might not have anywhere to go.

    Peanuts they can resell just fine, as long as they’re clean.

    Do you haul your trailer up into your apartment between use?

  2. lee says:

    need to haul something big? get a bigger trailer.

  3. lee says:

    oops, no img tag. link.

  4. Peter says:

    fantastic michael. i’ve been using my crappy $20 rack and bungees for any large things i’ve had to move in the past couple of months, but that’s obviously got it’s limits.

    when i first glanced at the new article, i thought you had rigged up that wheelbarrow somehow. 🙂

  5. crankedmag says:

    I’ve worked at UPS stores myself, actually back before all the Mailboxes Etc turned into UPS stores. I’m just being idealistic in thinking that it’d be nice if they’d more readily take responsibility for some of the recycling.

    Not for resale, but perhaps added as shipping material: padding, doubling up sidewalls, etc. Scrap cardboard has many uses in my mind.

  6. Greg Raisman says:

    BIKE MOVES!!!! – yup, that’s moving entire households by bike.

    movie: http://www.streetfilms.org/archives/bike-move/

    photos from a recent move where 21 cyclists moved my friend Matt 12.1 miles from Milwaukie, Oregon to inner-southeast Portland.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattpicio/sets/72157603332668121/

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