2750Re: [carfree_cities] bicycling facilities
- Mar 8, 2001Even though this question was asked of Richard, I will comment anyway.
I started out carrying things in a backpack. This had two problems to it:
- on hot days I would get all wet under the pack
- I could not have the backpack and have my child in a child carrier.
To solve this problem, I purchased a rack for the back of my bike and a set
of pannier bags. This solved problem one and gave me a great deal more
carrying ability. However this meant that I could no longer have the child
carrier on board. The purchase of a bike trailer solved this problem rather
handily. I can now carry my child and a friend, a weeks groceries, and more
in a backpack if I really need it. Or I can fill the trailer with groceries
and carry home a north american grocery list (read as a months food).
The results are fabulous. Although the trailer was a bit expensive, compared
to a second car, it is rediculously cheap. My son loves to ride in the
trailer and in fact cries on the days when it is his un-converted mother who
DRIVES him to the baby sitter.
And as an aside, it is amazing how many people comment on the setup when I
ride by. So far all of these comments have been positive. I like to think
that I am providing my son with early possitive messages about the role of
ps. I haven't really used them much, but I have heard that one problem with
loads in a basket is that it affects steering.
>From: "Rod and Lennie Kat" <wildkingdom@...>_________________________________________________________________________
>The living room article you wrote suggested learning how to carry groceries
>on a bicycle. How do you carry things like that on a bike - a basket? a
>p.s. I only see cyclists around here with their tight gear on, cycling for
>the comradery or exercise.
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