Re: Gadzooks, now I'm being stalked!

Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by Peter Cole, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. Peter Cole

    Peter Cole Guest

    Dane Buson wrote:

    > It was sort of amusing, especially since what seemed like a bad
    > encounter was actually someone who just really *really* wanted to talk
    > about bikes. I would have to say that I've had so much more interest
    > from people in the Xtracycle this year than last. I think people in my
    > area are really starting to think about how they can work bikes into
    > their lifestyle.


    A couple of years ago I built a 10.5' skiff. My wife & I have been car
    topping it to get to the river (Charles, Boston). A couple of weeks ago
    I built a bike trailer for it, not really sure about how it would all
    work out. After a half-dozen excursions now, I'd say it works great. We
    can be in the water in literally 10 minutes, without any boat wrestling.

    We've been getting lots of reactions, ranging from slack-jawed stares to
    "wow, that's so cool". I've had lots of experience pulling a trailer
    bike with similar loads (~100 lb), so the handling isn't difficult. So
    far I haven't pulled it more than a mile or so, but as I gain
    confidence, I think I'll start going further afield. It's pretty easy to
    pull on the flats, hills are tougher, but I'm using an MTB to tow, so
    have low enough gears to maintain wobble-free speed up pretty steep
    climbs. My hitch is to the seat post via a piece of PVC slipped over
    (bungied to the tongue with inner tube wraps), so it releases easily by
    popping the seat post QR so I can then walk the trailer right into the
    water.

    My next challenge is to bring along an electric trolling motor &
    battery. I'm reluctant to add the weight to the trailer, but I have a
    BOB trailer that I may use to let my wife pull the battery. As I was
    thinking about that, I wondered about the possibility of putting a hub
    motor on the BOB wheel and making a self-contained "pusher" unit.

    Anyway, all this is kind of an example of the "lifestyle" aspect. It
    felt pretty weird at first to be pulling a boat behind a bike and I was
    a little self-conscious. Now that I've done it awhile, it seems a lot
    less strange. I have been really surprised by the amount of positive
    comments from passers-by (and the degree of enthusiasm). The big benefit
    though, as for so much utility biking, is the convenience factor. Rather
    than the big production of car-topping (or car trailering), we just go
    rowing on a last minute whim and can launch at many places impractical
    to reach by car. Although I have pulled various trailers -- trailer-bike
    & BOB, and done some unusual stuff by bike, carrying a large load has
    (successfully) opened up my mind to other possibilities. I guess that's
    just the way it goes...
     
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  2. Peter Cole <[email protected]> wrote:
    > Dane Buson wrote:


    > > It was sort of amusing, especially since what seemed like a bad
    > > encounter was actually someone who just really *really* wanted to talk
    > > about bikes. I would have to say that I've had so much more interest
    > > from people in the Xtracycle this year than last. I think people in my
    > > area are really starting to think about how they can work bikes into
    > > their lifestyle.


    > A couple of years ago I built a 10.5' skiff. My wife & I have been car
    > topping it to get to the river (Charles, Boston). A couple of weeks ago
    > I built a bike trailer for it, not really sure about how it would all
    > work out. After a half-dozen excursions now, I'd say it works great. We
    > can be in the water in literally 10 minutes, without any boat wrestling.


    > We've been getting lots of reactions, ranging from slack-jawed stares to
    > "wow, that's so cool". I've had lots of experience pulling a trailer
    > bike with similar loads (~100 lb), so the handling isn't difficult. So
    > far I haven't pulled it more than a mile or so, but as I gain
    > confidence, I think I'll start going further afield. It's pretty easy to
    > pull on the flats, hills are tougher, but I'm using an MTB to tow, so
    > have low enough gears to maintain wobble-free speed up pretty steep
    > climbs. My hitch is to the seat post via a piece of PVC slipped over
    > (bungied to the tongue with inner tube wraps), so it releases easily by
    > popping the seat post QR so I can then walk the trailer right into the
    > water.


    > My next challenge is to bring along an electric trolling motor &
    > battery. I'm reluctant to add the weight to the trailer, but I have a
    > BOB trailer that I may use to let my wife pull the battery. As I was
    > thinking about that, I wondered about the possibility of putting a hub
    > motor on the BOB wheel and making a self-contained "pusher" unit.


    > Anyway, all this is kind of an example of the "lifestyle" aspect. It
    > felt pretty weird at first to be pulling a boat behind a bike and I was
    > a little self-conscious. Now that I've done it awhile, it seems a lot
    > less strange. I have been really surprised by the amount of positive
    > comments from passers-by (and the degree of enthusiasm). The big benefit
    > though, as for so much utility biking, is the convenience factor. Rather
    > than the big production of car-topping (or car trailering), we just go
    > rowing on a last minute whim and can launch at many places impractical
    > to reach by car. Although I have pulled various trailers -- trailer-bike
    > & BOB, and done some unusual stuff by bike, carrying a large load has
    > (successfully) opened up my mind to other possibilities. I guess that's
    > just the way it goes...


    But, this being r.b.m., inevitably you're in for a flurry of people
    telling you that your boat would fit better in a nice set of panniers.


    Bill <G,D,&R>
     
  3. On Jun 25, 9:47 am, [email protected] wrote:
    > Peter Cole <[email protected]> wrote:
    > > Dane Buson wrote:
    > > > It was sort of amusing, especially since what seemed like a bad
    > > > encounter was actually someone who just really *really* wanted to talk
    > > > about bikes.  I would have to say that I've had so much more interest
    > > > from people in the Xtracycle this year than last.  I think people in my
    > > > area are really starting to think about how they can work bikes into
    > > > their lifestyle.

    > > A couple of years ago I built a 10.5' skiff. My wife & I have been car
    > > topping it to get to the river (Charles, Boston). A couple of weeks ago
    > > I built a bike trailer for it, not really sure about how it would all
    > > work out. After a half-dozen excursions now, I'd say it works great. We
    > > can be in the water in literally 10 minutes, without any boat wrestling..
    > > We've been getting lots of reactions, ranging from slack-jawed stares to
    > > "wow, that's so cool". I've had lots of experience pulling a trailer
    > > bike with similar loads (~100 lb), so the handling isn't difficult. So
    > > far I haven't pulled it more than a mile or so, but as I gain
    > > confidence, I think I'll start going further afield. It's pretty easy to
    > > pull on the flats, hills are tougher, but I'm using an MTB to tow, so
    > > have low enough gears to maintain wobble-free speed up pretty steep
    > > climbs. My hitch is to the seat post via a piece of PVC slipped over
    > > (bungied to the tongue with inner tube wraps), so it releases easily by
    > > popping the seat post QR so I can then walk the trailer right into the
    > > water.
    > > My next challenge is to bring along an electric trolling motor &
    > > battery. I'm reluctant to add the weight to the trailer, but I have a
    > > BOB trailer that I may use to let my wife pull the battery. As I was
    > > thinking about that, I wondered about the possibility of putting a hub
    > > motor on the BOB wheel and making a self-contained "pusher" unit.
    > > Anyway, all this is kind of an example of the "lifestyle" aspect. It
    > > felt pretty weird at first to be pulling a boat behind a bike and I was
    > > a little self-conscious. Now that I've done it awhile, it seems a lot
    > > less strange. I have been really surprised by the amount of positive
    > > comments from passers-by (and the degree of enthusiasm). The big benefit
    > > though, as for so much utility biking, is the convenience factor. Rather
    > > than the big production of car-topping (or car trailering), we just go
    > > rowing on a last minute whim and can launch at many places impractical
    > > to reach by car. Although I have pulled various trailers -- trailer-bike
    > >   & BOB, and done some unusual stuff by bike, carrying a large load has
    > > (successfully) opened up my mind to other possibilities. I guess that's
    > > just the way it goes...

    >
    >    But, this being r.b.m., inevitably you're in for a flurry of people
    > telling you that your boat would fit better in a nice set of panniers.
    >
    > Bill <G,D,&R>- Hide quoted text -
    >
    > - Show quoted text -


    I've been eyeing an inflatable kayak for that purpose. The other
    pannier would be a compressed air cylinder. (But then I'd need a home
    compressor capable of filling the bottle in a reasonable time, I
    suppose.)
     
  4. In article <[email protected]>,
    Peter Cole <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Dane Buson wrote:
    >
    > > It was sort of amusing, especially since what seemed like a bad
    > > encounter was actually someone who just really *really* wanted to talk
    > > about bikes. I would have to say that I've had so much more interest
    > > from people in the Xtracycle this year than last. I think people in my
    > > area are really starting to think about how they can work bikes into
    > > their lifestyle.

    >
    > A couple of years ago I built a 10.5' skiff. My wife & I have been car
    > topping it to get to the river (Charles, Boston). A couple of weeks ago
    > I built a bike trailer for it, not really sure about how it would all
    > work out. After a half-dozen excursions now, I'd say it works great. We
    > can be in the water in literally 10 minutes, without any boat wrestling.


    This is barely related, but my brain will not let me sleep until I post
    it:

    http://www.cafepress.com/joshreads/2057953

    The existence of this gear is "explained" by the Judge Parker comic here:

    http://joshreads.com/?p=807


    "Got a full boat wrestling scholarship!"

    --
    Ryan Cousineau [email protected] http://www.wiredcola.com/
    "In other newsgroups, they killfile trolls."
    "In rec.bicycles.racing, we coach them."
     
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