Preparing for Tour De Fat 2016

August 3rd, 2016

My son has seen video of the 2008 Tour de Fat where I went into Rickroll by Rickshaw mode. He wanted in on it for 2016, so we’re bringing it back 2016 style.

I sold the rickshaw earlier this year, so we’re going with the pedicab this time. The CD skipped when it was in the boombox on the rickshaw, so we’re going to use the line in and an old MP3 player.

The first step for decoration was to come up with a new display board for the back. First, I designed one and then put it on a picture of the pedicab. Then, I made some mild changes and printed it out on 9 sheets of packing labels (not including errors). I then applied the labels to a piece of poster board and mounted that to the pedicab. Here’s the mockup:

Fake photoshopped Rickroll by Rickshaw sign

Fake photoshopped Rickroll by Rickshaw sign


…and here’s how it turned out in real life…

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Still more work to do in the next week and a half, but we have enough done to go tomorrow if necessary.

Goodbye Rickshaw

July 9th, 2016

The rickshaw was sold last month (June 2016). It has a new family to serve. It really didn’t get the action after the Main Street pedicab showed up on the scene a bit over six years ago. The Colorado made Main Street is just so much more capable.

Rickshaw and Dahon

The rickshaw on the last mission involving me. The Dahon got me home after dropping the rickshaw off to its new home.

The new owners wanted the rickshaw delivered, so I did that and put a Dahon folding bike on the back to unfold and ride home. I’m bummed the rickshaw is gone, but it really did sit a bunch of the time. Our garage seems so much larger now.

Would I buy the Chinese rickshaw again, knowing what I know now? Absolutely. It got me started as a Rickshawala. I wouldn’t have forked over the money it takes to get a used Main Street pedicab on day one. That stated, I seriously doubt I’ll ever go back to an eastern grade rickshaw. It’s nice to have a solid frame, fantastic brakes, and all those speeds.

“Rickshaw Season” is becoming a legacy term

November 13th, 2014

It snowed today. I picked the kids up from school today in the snow. The Maxxis Hookworm tires on the pedicab handled everything quite well. I’ll have to try deeper snow sometime.

Pedicab in the snow

Pedicab in the snow

My “Rickshaw Seasons” are getting longer as the years go by, and I wonder if I’ll ever reach the year-around “season”. Probably depends on the weather. Snow was not a problem today.

His and hers John Deere bicycles

April 5th, 2014

I have wanted his and hers bicycles for my wife and myself for some time. They come into Boise Bicycle Project from time to time. Today, the day arrived. A pair of matching John Deere bicycles. Green with yellow “JOHN DEERE” lettering. Both appear to have three speed Shimano hubs. Here they are loaded up on the pedicab for the ride home.

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There’s some rust. The cables are shot. My bike is missing the chain ring, but that’s pretty much all that’s missing. The bikes are probably from the 1970s or 1980s (I’ll learn more I’m sure over the coming weeks). Both bikes have the mixture of campy and his/hers I was hoping for, and the three speed hubs are a bonus.

New Year’s Eve Potato Drop by Pedicab

January 1st, 2014

Parking in downtown Boise is no fun. During events, it’s really not fun. What to do? Bundle up the family and take the pedicab. I was coming off most of a week of winter flu (no fun) and was not 100%, but I’m a Rickshawala, so we’d be okay. We were.

New Year's Eve passengers

New Year’s Eve passengers

Everyone was bundled up. It’s cold out there, but it’s very doable. We parked on the edge of The Grove where the New Year’s Eve Potato Drop was taking place. Met some friends. Saw the potato drop us into 2014. A great event and a wonderful time.

Hauling Home a New Bike in Style

December 14th, 2013

This is from last year. A friend of mine bought a new Worksman from the factory and needed to haul it home. Problem solved. He and the new bike were transported to his place for assembly.

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When I was in India in 2009, I saw a lot of rickshaws being used for hauling in addition to passenger duty.

Rickshaw + Pedicab Stop Motion 4K

November 17th, 2012

Here’s the intro sequence my wife and I shot for the passive cycling show TV Cycle.

Both the rickshaw and the pedicab (which isn’t technically a surrey, but you work with what you have sometimes) are in there. It took about an hour and 45 minutes (with a conversation break in the middle) to shoot that sequence. It was shot on Canon 60D digital SLR, and if you look at the quality options, there’s “Original” in the list. In this instance, it’s 4K at 4096 x 2304 pixels.

It was a fun shoot. Here’s the test I did by myself earlier. The “panning” is done by selective cropping, and in reality the camera never moved on the tripod.

To Barber Park and back

September 3rd, 2012

The kids and I rode from out home near 25th and State to Barber Park yesterday. The round trip was around 22 miles total including a dead end detour and some Boise State campus riding. Here’s a map that will give you an idea of where we went, it but lacks some serious accuracy:

Where the map is the most off is from around the Bown Crossing area to Ekert Road (the road in front of Barber Park). There’s a ton of new Greenbelt in there so I wasn’t along side Warm Springs on this trip like a would have been a few years ago. Here’s a look at some of the new Bown Crossing area via This Is Ambient:

We ended up crossing that bridge, then taking the concrete greenbelt path in the very front of the shot.

A couple unpleasant additions to this trip:

  1. I didn’t eat before I left.
  2. My light group isn’t working at present.
  3. It was late evening, and pretty close to dark on the last leg to home.

So, I ended up down on calories and riding hungry home since there was the whole battle for daylight.

It was a nice trip though, everyone had fun, and we made it back. Back when cycling was seasonal, I used to hope to reach 100 miles in a “Rickshaw Season”. I cleared over 20% of that in one ride yesterday. Times have changed. and I am a much more functional Rickshawala than I was in season one.

Hauling people and stuff

August 12th, 2012

People sometimes wonder what one does with personal pedicab. Common uses are similar to the family car. Here, I’m hauling two people and a 25″ CRT TV. I don’t necessarily recommend having people sit on the back parade style, but in this special case we weren’t going far, I was riding cautiously, and that TV pretty much took up all the leg room.

The odd world of the rickshaw wheel

September 30th, 2011

When I bought the rickshaw half a decade ago, the tires and tubes were already on the rim. Last weekend, I snapped the metal stem on the left rear tube. Thankfully, it had enough air trapped in it to get home, but there was no way to add more air in the future, and all three wheels have leaked a little since day one.

I went to Bikes2Boards and picked up a tube. Then, the process of solving a mystery began. What’s it like under that tire? Here’s a glimpse:

Rickshaw wheel, tire, and tube

Rickshaw wheel, tire, and tube separated for the first time in over five years.

There’s a red tube! The tire is also odd. It essentially goes all the way around with a cut down the middle so a tube can fit in. The uncommon backside of the tire ends up functioning as the tape for the inside of the wheel, which has no tape at all.

Getting the 26 x 1.75 tire off and back on is a serious challenge. It can be done, but it is a difficult process. You have been warned. A nice change is that the wheel now has a common (in the US) Schrader valve. No need to use a Presta to Schrader valve adapter anymore.