Monthly Archives: August 2013

Working Cargo – for sale

 

 

Yes, that hard working lime green beauty is for sale. Summer is closing in – another cargo bike is taking shape on the jig in the shop and so room has to be made for the newcomer.

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That bike and I have had some good times this summer – picking up groceries for the evening meal and propane gas to cook it.

RecyclingWe have taken cans and bottles to the recycling depot.

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We have replenished our supply of cans also. By the way, for anyone needing supplies for a party, the cargo deck will hold 6 dozen cans in one layer, twelve dozen if you double it… :o)A beer run

 

One of the unexpected advantages of a cargo bike came one day when we stopped for a coffee at one of our favourite spots, The Roastery at Five Corners. There were no tables left in the shade so we pulled the bike under a tree, and parked ourselves on the cargo bay – instant park bench!!IMG_5302_2

 

 

 

 

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For fun we have carried lumber home from the lumberyard, – just to see if we could do it!!

Recently we used the bike to get us to a picnic on the river, carrying the chilled wine and our contribution to the feast along with our folding chairs – good times!

Heading to a picnicYes, good times for the next owner also. Who will it be? See the ad on Kijiji, or send me a note if you want to be the one.

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Jack and Jill – a make-over of matching bicycles – the BEFORE pictures

 

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In a few days, the paint will have cured on “Jack & Jill”, a pair of bikes that are getting a “make-over” in the Village Cycleworks shop. I picked these bikes up a few weeks ago – they were destined to be crushed, melted down and “recycled” into new metal products. I decided to use them as a sort of a test case. How much consumer interest is there in a different type of recycling? – one that requires human energy and effort rather than mechanical effort and petroleum based energy.

Here are the “before” pictures  of these “Made in Canada” bikes. They looked a bit rough around the edges with paint chips and scratches and surface rust on handlebars and wheels. The tires still held air but were showing their age with checks and cracks. Brake and derailleur cables were rusty and seized and no longer able to function. Seats were in decent shape and still as uncomfortable to ride on as they were when they were new. With all of this going against them, I wanted to see how they would look after they had been given a little TLC and few additional components to bring them into the 21st century. Stay tuned to see how they turn out.

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Transition – Mountaineer to Expediter

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It started with an idea, a challenge to be met Bicycles are great ways of getting ourselves around but often we have “stuff” that we want to take with us. The old wire baskets that many of us used to have on our bicycles are inadequate for many of the things that we would like to carry these days. What to do? The low bed cargo bike that I built has much more capacity than is often required when not going on  a serious shopping trip and yet I still wanted a way to carry some of my “stuff”.

Often the solutions that we come up are not original ideas but rather ones that we have “borrowed” from others, and that is what happened in this case. I have seen photos of light duty cargo bikes, carrying “stuff” on racks over the front wheel – this extends the cargo carrying capacity of a regular bicycle but keeps the bike compact enough to remain an “about-town” form of transportation. That is what I decided to build and thus began the transition. All I needed was a “donor” bike, and the one I found was an early model Norco mountain bike, named appropriately but without much originality “Mountaineer”.

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Even though the bike was saddle worn and a bit rough around the edges with chipped paint and rusty cables, missing wheels and brake pads, there were still lots of good miles waiting to be ridden – it was not time to put this horse out to pasture yet!!

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After all, not only did the bike come from the well-known Canadian bicycle manufacturer, Norco, but it had originally been sold by one of the landmark bike shops in Saskatoon, Joe’s Cycle. It had a pedigree and it also had some history.

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Hence the transition began, on a jig that I built to accommodate this and future cargo bike builds.IMG_8202

By using a smaller front wheel smaller and by pushing it forward, a place was made for carrying cargo.

All that remained was to join the front to the back… IMG_8209

Add the cargo bay…IMG_8223

Now to the paint booth. Throw on some primer…IMG_8227

Add some colour…IMG_8235

And a bit of bling…IMG_8241

Some cedar for the cargo deck…IMG_8255

A few recycled components…IMG_8253

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Now add to the mix some carefully selected new components:

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Swept back handlebars allowing an upright riding stance

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New Shimano  TX50 Tourney thumb shifters and ergonomic four finger Tektro brake levers

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Aluminum Wellgo CU-214 City Pedals with ball bearings and Cro-Mo machined spindles 

 

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Fenders, front and rear

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Kenda Pathfinder rear tire, low profile and selected for reduced rolling resistance

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IMG_8341Centre kickstand to allow easy loading

There you have it – the transition is complete – from Mountaineer to Expediter – a re-purposed bicycle ready to deliver rider and goods with style and pizzaz. Order yours today!!

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Outdooring the new Warrior

 

IMG_8110The Warrior is a tadpole style racing recumbent tricycle, built from the excellent plans supplied at www.atomiczombie.com. It features under-seat steering and triple disk brakes. Its low profile lends itself to fast corners and and speedy fairways!!

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