Hauling a bicycle with a rickshaw

Some neighbors are getting married today and they are having a bicycle parade. They wanted some ride support for those who didn’t want to pedal, and since I’m nearby and all, figured that I might offer up some rides. Sure. Why not.

A challenge in this situation was getting both of the rides up to Camel’s Back Park here in Boise by myself. Kelly was gone for part of the day, so she wouldn’t be around to pick me up and take me back home. I did have an offer from the wedding party to get hauled, but naw, not necessary. I have a rickshaw, a lock, a car carrier for bikes, and a Schwinn. Simply mount the bike rack to the back of the rickshaw, put the bike on the rack, and off you go.

I wasn’t sure how this would work now that I have the huge Wald basket rack on the back, but all was good. It did make it less stable than before the basket rack, with all that weight now off to the side, but no problem. I hopped on, rode to the park while being careful about not slamming the bike into something, and before I knew it I was there. I locked up the Rickshaw, took the bike rack off, bungied it to the basket rack, and I was ready to go again.

Schwinn hauling bike rack

The ride home is cake, since it is downhill, plus the Schwinn is a way easier ride than the Rickshaw with the Schwinn as cargo. It was actually too easy. I uncharacteristically missed my turn and had to backtrack a block to get home. When it’s time to be there for the festivities, I’ll just ride myself back to Camel’s Back on the Pedicab, someone else will ride it back to the neighborhood (with passengers) and I’ll take the Rickshaw back with passengers.

New saddle for Father’s Day

Father’s Day comes and Kelly is so thoughtful and makes sure I get a new Schwinn “Dual-density saddle” (item#: SW75961-2) for the Pedicab. What a nice surprise. It’s made by Velo. We have other Velo saddles around here. The Torker saddle on my Schwinn, Kelly’s Nirve saddle, and the Bell saddle on Kelly’s Giant are all made by Velo. Here’s a picture of the Schwinn Velo:

Schwinn SW75961-2 saddle

It’s a cruiser saddle, but has a hole in the middle like some of the performance saddles these days. I didn’t care at all for the non-original mountain bike saddle that came with the Pedicab, and now it’s gone. The new one is much more comfortable.

The kids and I went for a ride to Veterans Memorial Park, and then took the Greenbelt back home. Bryce especially enjoys the “bike road”. Me too.

Craigslist Boise bikes section strikes again, and again…

The bikes section of Boise craigslist has no mercy. First, there was the Coker Monster Cruiser late last year. Then, the Main Street Pedicab. This week brought more from two different sellers. My wife picked up a Nirve Lahaina 3 Speed, and then last night I bought the Wald rear rack/baskets assembly. Here it is on the Schwinn:

1995 Schwinn Classic Cruiser with a big Wald basket rack on the back
Ready to haul!

There’s barely enough room in the side basket for a gallon of milk, but it works. My MBA bag fits in one side, which is nice. I may not go back to ever having a box on there, I don’t know yet. What I do know is this thing weighs in at over 7 lbs. and has some hauling capacity. The real test is use over time, and it’ll be getting that over the summer. So far, a neat rack. They’re around $40 – $50 new I believe. This one is used, with a few bent basket bars which I’ve straightened, but nothing severe. Cost: $10.

I did lose my LED tail light that I modded and mounted to the old Swiss clamp rack, but we had a Bell tail light sitting around that no longer had a mounting bracket, so I took it. Two zip ties later and it appears to be reasonably mounted to the new rack. The Bell LED tail light is much brighter than the one that is on the old rack.

With the Wald rack on there, the Schwinn (my lightest bike) should be weighing in at over 50 lbs now. The Roadmaster is still heavier, and closer to 60 lbs. Who knows what the Coker weights in at, but it has to be more than the Roadmaster is.

A week without Rickshaw

I didn’t ride the Rickshaw all week. Why? Well, in part because I was on the Schwinn.

Saturday night, I rode up four benches (these are what the bluff-like steps up away from the river in Boise are called). Here’s the route, more or less:

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The Schwinn doesn’t really have the gear for climbing, so there’s some standing going on the get to the tops of the benches. From downtown to Gowen and Federal Way is a neat trip. The Federal Way bike highway is sweet.

The next day, Kelly wants to haul the kids by bike to Lucky Peak and back which is about ten miles each way. Here’s where things get ugly. I had the kid trailer hooked up to the Schwinn. It wouldn’t have been so bad, but I rode pretty hard the night before and my legs were wasted. We got there and back, and it was a great day. It was also a poor performance on my part. I stopped a lot and rode slow. We’ll have to do this ride again so I can redeem myself.

The Schwinn with the trailer, kids, and myself is about 300 lbs. The Rickshaw with me and no passengers comes to about 400 lbs.

My legs are sloppy today.

2008 Pre-season Update

2005 Schwinn Classic Cruiser (April 2008)I still haven’t logged a single mile on the Rickshaw yet. The canopy is 90%+ done right now. The canopy frame had a burr in the metal from the time it was new. I bought a $2 file from Harbor Freight and it took minutes to smooth that off. Cake. Now Kelly’s handiwork should be safe from the canopy frame causing damage.

I’ve gone on some training rides, and as of last week could complete the 2007 Tour de Boise route in 1.5 hours on the Schwinn Classic Cruiser (pictured). That’s 10 MPH average, and there’s stretches I don’t pedal since the single speed Schwinn gears out sometimes downhill. I need to average 5 MPH on the Rickshaw. Not easy, but with gears it might be doable.