Preparing for Tour De Fat 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

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.

To Barber Park and back

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

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.

Faye and I ride up the bench for a drum key

I need a drum key for a bass banjo project I’m working on, and Faye wanted to ride along. So, off we went. We climbed up the bench on the rail bridge (as featured in this episode of TV Cycle) and made it to Gig’s Music on Orchard. That street seriously needs bike lanes. Lots of bike traffic and no lanes. Annoying.

Here’s a couple pics at the end of the ride. Faye had fun. Me too.

One less car (or is that "One less minivan"?)

15+ miles of pedicab goodness

The kids and I went on a crazy ride tonight in Boise. We went from 25th and State to Ustick and 5 Mile to Glenwood and State. From there, we took the Greenbelt to Veterans Park, and then the back roads to 25th and State. Here’s a mostly correct map, with most of the error being the Chinden section, which was actually done by crossing on the new 36th Street Greenbelt bridge and then riding alleys near Chinden.

What made this ride crazy was the weather. It was threatening rain the whole time, and from the time we entered Veterans Park to home, I saw large tree limbs drop, it was starting to rain, and the wind seriously picked up. I booked it home!

It was a fun trip. I took on the Ustick bench climb on quite convincingly (a tailwind didn’t hurt). Once up the bench, the Ustick bike lane gets a little narrow around some of the intersections. We had some tasty sandwiches and Cheetos at Uncle Giuseppe’s, which I recommend. We were all a little wet by the time I parked the pedicab. All in all, a choice pedicab adventure.

Boise Bike Week 2011 recap

Last week was Boise Bike Week 2011. The kids and I had fun on the pedicab. We were out with Kelly for the Thursday “LOOK! Family Ride for Safety” ride. The ride was a Greenbelt loop ride from Veteran’s Memorial Park, across the new 36th Street bridge, to Main Street, and then back to the park. It was a somewhat similar route to this recent episode of TV Cycle:

We didn’t make it to the Veteran’s bridge like that episode of TV Cycle did, but there was a lot of common trail. This is an unusually nice area to ride.

On Saturday, we participated in the Pedal Power Parade. I was short on time and could either shoot an episode of TV Cycle on the Schwinn or take the kids with me on the pedicab. I took the kids. It was a fun ride. The parade was a good ride, and there was food afterwards. The kids played with some other kids in the park, and on the way home we rang the bell outside the capitol building. Here’s some pictures:


 

 

…and yes, the pedicab is now advertising for TV Cycle. It’s not the prettiest sign since I made it by printing on six sheets of legal paper and then taping them together onto a piece of poster board, but it works.

The 2011 Rickshaw Season has started

Hello and welcome to the 2011 Rickshaw Season! This season has been a bit odd because it had a soft start. The pedicab was still seeing action in the “offseason”, though not at the levels of a rickshaw season. Still, I used to take months off during the cold part of the year, but that didn’t happen over winter 2010/2011.

This year’s kick-off ride was a few days ago with Bryce on the back. We went on a long ride from the 25th and State area to the Greenbelt, through Boise State, to the Park Center bridge, and back home. I took the pedicab through some shallow water under a couple bridges along the way. The south side of the Boise River had claimed the shallow section around the Park Center bridge so we rode around that.

I did get an upgrade for the pedicab in the off-season. There’s a new, larger top gear in the front of the pedicab. Bikes2Boards dropped it in there for me. I believe the old one was a 38 tooth, and this one I think is a 44 tooth. The moral is simple: The pedicab is now faster, but the lowest gearing has been left intact.

Welcome to the 2011 Rickshaw Season.

Hauling a Television for TV Cycle

Rickshaw with TV
Rickshaw hauling a 1988 General Electric television
I’m working on a new TV program for Treasure Valley Community Television (Boise, Idaho public access cable TV) called TV Cycle, and I needed a TV to use in the opening sequence. I wanted a two knob side tuner set for the look, and had searched local thrift stores with no luck. They don’t accept TVs that crappy anymore.

My wife and I were driving home today and saw a house that was getting renovated. Out front was a bunch of beat up crap, including a 1988 GE two knob side tuner TV. Nice.

I went back to the house on the Schwinn not expecting to see anyone, but people were there. I plugged the TV set in and it looked like it might work (there’s no analog TV broadcasts to tune in, plus it is missing the antenna). The bungee cords with me weren’t long enough to hold it on the Wald rack, so I returned later with the rickshaw to haul it home. The TV barely fits on the floor grate behind the saddle, but it does.

I’m out $5, which is more than the TV is worth, but I now have a TV that we can use on the intro for TV Cycle. Problem solved. We’re going to mount the TV on my friend Bob’s Worksman cycle truck in place of the front basket for the shoot. This 1988 side tuner TV is much lighter than one made 10 years earlier, let alone one from 25 years earlier loaded with tubes. Bob’s Worksman could handle a heavier TV, but it’s nice that it won’t have to.

Brother Bob gig haul 2010 to Shangri-La Tea Room

I hauled Boise’s own Brother Bob to an acoustic guitar gig by rickshaw a couple years ago. This year it was a different gig, more distance, a bench climb, more equipment, and a different ride since I used the pedicab.

Bob got everything loaded up and we climbed up the bench on Capitol Boulevard by the Boise Depot. I took a few stops on the way up, but was by no means wasted by the time I got to the top. The trip down Federal Way was complicated by the sidewalk that leads to the bike path being closed, which put me on the other side of the street with shrubs hitting the left side and later having to deal with a narrow sidewalk that the pedicab barely fit on. Thankfully, I never encountered any pedestrians.

Brother Bob on the pedicab outside of Shangri-La Tearoom
Brother Bob in front of the Shangri-La Tea Room just before dark

Bob’s gig at the Shangri-La tea room ends and it’s getting dark. The pedicab doesn’t have a working light group at the present, but Bob’s working flashlights and clip-on LED bike reflectors for me and so we’re visible. We make it down the bench and home. The disc brakes handle the way down wonderfully.

(Backdated to day of the ride. Actual date: Aug 17, 2010)