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What Utility Rides/Trips/hauls/errands did you do today???

Old 07-07-16, 06:50 AM
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Now this was heavy.. 3 miles and 3 big hills. Not going to lie I pushed it up one. Downhill was a eye opener.. had trailer sway.



Just because I could. Got some strange looks!

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Old 07-24-16, 07:42 PM
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Now that I have a Worksman Adaptable I pretty much do everything with it! All the groceries in our house are carried with it, I've done firewood for smoking meats...even haul my wife on the back using a cooler as a dry storage/seat for her (but honestly Miranda only weighs in at about 110 lbs). The gear on my Worksman is intended for a flat slab of 'crete so I do push it every so often uphill...But for me that's nothing. I'm in this utility/carless lifestyle for the long haul and believe I got a perfect "base" vehicle for it.
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Old 07-27-16, 06:11 PM
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4 mile rt today to the local food bank. Got about 50 lbs of canned/frozen and liquids. Fun stretch is the "Pines hill" for us....It's a steep, almost arrow straight overpass to a valley. Worksman handled flawlessly up, and down it. This trike is too much fun.
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Old 08-04-16, 08:00 PM
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I rode 14 miles to work and back on my commuter/utility bike.. with my lunch, work clothing and some tools in the rack bag.. I work at a bike shop and get to work on bikes all day. And some crazy guy actually pays me to do it. Lol.
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Old 08-28-16, 01:54 AM
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Not quite an errand, but I rode my bike to a concert tonight. It was about 5 miles each way. The way there was slightly uphill from mile 1 on, most of the way with a headwind. The last 1/2 mile contained the steepest part. I forgot how steep that section was. I was tired towards the end and just walked to steep blocks to rest and cool down. No more gas in the tank. I'm also barely getting back to riding. Hurt my knee a few months ago and it is just getting back to normal.

The way home was "wheeeeeeee!!!!!" Lots of quiet residential streets with bike boulevards. Besides the last 1/2 mile. Another uphill stretch. I just barely had enough gas in the tank.
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Old 09-20-16, 04:32 PM
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None for the last few days but, I do, do smaller grocery runs for the most part, as well as trips to the library, or both on my bike. I can park right by the door get what I need and come right out to my bike.
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Old 09-25-16, 12:57 AM
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Does hunting caribou count as utility cycling?
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Old 09-25-16, 11:54 AM
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Does hunting caribou count as utility cycling?
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Only if you send me some of the chili, LOL.
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Old 09-25-16, 01:53 PM
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This morning I rode 2x 20 miles to go sing in a remote little church. Would have been no big deal but for the total 4'500 ft climb. On the way out with most of the climbing it took me 2 hours and I almost got there late.
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Old 09-26-16, 12:36 PM
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Only if you send me some of the chili, LOL.
Since I doubt it would survive shipping you will have to come for a visit.
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Old 11-28-16, 10:52 AM
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Grocery run today! I was probably about half capacity for the xtracycle bags, as far as volume, without getting ridiculous. Finally my matching front tire came in and so far, so good.
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Old 11-28-16, 08:52 PM
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Does hunting caribou count as utility cycling?
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No trailer? How are you going to get it out?
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Old 11-30-16, 09:54 AM
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No trailer? How are you going to get it out?
I actually had two trailers along, they were attached to my boys' bikes. Kicker was that when I shot the caribou they were back in camp. So I put the front quarters and loose meat in the pannier, then tied the rear quarters and rib cage on between the seat and the handlebars and pushed the load out. Chose not to post the picture of the loaded bike as some people get all weirded out by the sight of bloody meat bags. I was about 4.5 miles from camp.
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Old 12-14-16, 02:39 PM
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Grocery shopping --a fair load for my hybrid w seat post rack--and no eggs broken:
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Old 02-20-17, 04:26 PM
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Not everyday that I post in this thread, but TODAY I had a LOAD, almost 300 Compact Discs, and some other stuff:

Bike Loaded with 300 Compact Discs by AviationMetalSmith, on Flickr

Bike Loaded with 300 Compact Discs by AviationMetalSmith, on Flickr

It was very heavy, and I had un-velcroed my rear-view mirror, in order to lean the bike against a wall, facing South (the intended direction of travel)... but the mirror was left underneath all the CD's ! Oops! So I had to ride home with only my Helmet mirror...

The load was Heavy, only lifted my hand from the handlebar once to make a perfunctory left turn signal...

Other item was a rock-tumbler (No rocks)...

I was fortunate enough to have some green para-cord, to tie the Load down with, over the rear....

The Brake Light, in the middle, kept the row of CD's from sliding off the rear...

I have a new Coroplast™ Cycle Pannier page on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1811...homepage_panel
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Old 06-21-17, 11:40 PM
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Old 09-30-17, 03:17 PM
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No pics (phone died) but the ride to the Uncles ( 4 miles, even ups and downs lol) started with me and the wife (that meant the trailer). Just after leaving his place we caught a food bank (mental note lol) and picked up about 40 ish pounds dry/canned good!) Still with her in tow about 2 blocks from the local church we found a 20 inch huffy with a sign on it for free! Now my beloved was rolling we gained a little speed for about 3 blocks lol! Another bike with a sign! And another Huffy...this time a Cranbrook female single speed with brakes. With the little H tied on top of the groceries in my trailer, we made the final leg of the journey slow....stopping often to laugh at looks from passerby's and generally just loving utility cycling. The local minded awareness you gather...The stop and smell the roses mentality. I dont post here much anymore but should.... Thank you for sharing.
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It was just a grocery run. Not a big deal for most of you but this was the first time in a long time. You see, I am not as avid a cyclist as I would like to be. I tried the "grocery run' a year or so ago at a similar level of fitness but using a Kona Minute and becasue Cargo Bike I was on a GROCERY run! I barely made it up the hill out of the parking lot that time! This time the load was a little more manageable and even though it was sligtly slow pedaling, we (the bike and I) made it home without breaking any thing or having a heart attack.
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Old 01-01-18, 01:23 AM
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Old 01-03-18, 04:53 PM
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Bookcase for our son’s room

I finally met my match with my current bike setup—Carry Freedom small Y trailer which I have used to move loaded trunks and boxes during a house move and a glass-fronted cabinet last summer, with a tricky top-heavy shape.

This evening, I went to get a 180cm long bookcase about 2 miles away, which I knew would be a challenge because of the length in relation to my trailer. I brought an extra rear light for the bookcase, towel to protect the furniture, and lots of bungee cords and old inner tubes to tie it down. In the end, I did ride some of the way, and the weight was no problem, but any small irregularity in the road surface made the end drag, and it also slid around on the towel.

With an extension on the trailer attachment and some kind of rubbery protective layer to keep it from sliding, I probably could have pedalled it all the way home. Oh, well. I was glad to make it safely and not get caught in the rain, and the bookcase sustained only trivial damage.
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Old 01-05-18, 12:31 PM
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I finally met my match with my current bike setup—Carry Freedom small Y trailer which I have used to move loaded trunks and boxes during a house move and a glass-fronted cabinet last summer, with a tricky top-heavy shape.

This evening, I went to get a 180cm long bookcase about 2 miles away, which I knew would be a challenge because of the length in relation to my trailer. I brought an extra rear light for the bookcase, towel to protect the furniture, and lots of bungee cords and old inner tubes to tie it down. In the end, I did ride some of the way, and the weight was no problem, but any small irregularity in the road surface made the end drag, and it also slid around on the towel.

With an extension on the trailer attachment and some kind of rubbery protective layer to keep it from sliding, I probably could have pedalled it all the way home. Oh, well. I was glad to make it safely and not get caught in the rain, and the bookcase sustained only trivial damage.
So did you walk it home ? How far ? Your leaving us in suspense...
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So did you walk it home ? How far ? Your leaving us in suspense...
Yes, it took about an hour for me to walk most of the 2.3 miles home! This was because I was laboring to keep everything more or less steady — the shelf slid a lot on the folded beach towel I had stuck underneath to protect the furniture from my trailer’s abrasive surface, and the towel probably also compressed a bit, allowing the bookcase to sag further at the back.

It was a good thing the trailer has a flexible polymer section in the hitch, so the unstable bike and load could twist safely.
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Old 01-27-18, 08:14 PM
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Old 01-30-18, 09:59 PM
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Went to Walmart on my Miami Sun 'Traditional' trike.
Only 15 miles round trip.
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Groceries earlier in the day. We took advantage of a nice evening for a cruise around the local campus. I’m on Beulah, my Workcycles Omafiets
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