I awoke with the resolve to get more trim work painted today. Once the trim work is back on and the yard is cleaned up, I will be advertising this house for lease/purchase and hopefully squaring away the new tenants before our April 20th departure date. While I re-painted the original trim work we pulled from the house (in order to replace drywall), Frankenbutt pulled bikes and trailers from the garage. We both worked silently and enjoyed the cool morning breeze while the Beast worked on her Spanish lessons at the computer.
“You know, your back end is more narrow than mine”, said Frankenbutt. With my back to him, I paused and thought I didn’t just hear that, did I? I now have proof that the husband is insane! I turned to look at him and realized that he was referring to the back end of my bike, which he was working on attaching the single wheel “BOB” trailer onto.
Today’s ride was about testing out the bike trailers and figuring out the best way to tow the Beast’s 20” BMX race bike. Once we all finished our tasks, we ate lunch, switched into riding clothes, filled water bottles, arranged Coco’s cushioning in her trailer, donned helmets and started riding. Almost immediately, the Beast had issues with the way her road bike felt as she towed her BMX race bike behind it. Every motion she made that wasn’t simply riding perfectly straight, seemed to amplify once it reached her “caboose”.
Frankenbutt pulled the pin and unhooked the Beast’s race bike from her road bike. He flipped her bike upside down and strapped the handle bars down to the front frame of my “BOB” trailer and then used additional wire ties to anchor the seat to the rear of the trailer frame. It seemed secure and I gave it a dry run. Unfortunately, the rear tire of the race bike settled against the fender guard of the trailer tire. We all stopped again while Frankenbutt pondered what to do. I suggested that we wedge something under the seat to raise the bike (and therefore the rear tire) to stop the friction. Frankenbutt smiled and in one smooth move adjusted the seat height of the race bike, thus raising the overall bike and tire an additional 2” above the trailer tire. Problem solved.
I must admit that I was concerned that the 19 lbs. of race bike now being added to my trailer, which will transport the sleeping bags, tent and electronic equipment (if we opt for a mini computer and/or mini video cam). I was pleasantly surprised that to find that after the first few pedals, it felt about the same as it did when I left our house. In fact, I was up to my average speed in less than a half mile.
If you know of a good single wheel trailer that is set up to tow a child or pet, let me know. Don’t’ be shy! Our BMX buddy, Lenny Hicks, is toying with an on board generator idea for our bikes and also discussing our camping plans with us. Can’t wait to see you and Chrissy … maybe at the Jack Frost Classic at the end of March? Also, thanks to everyone who has given us so many great tips! Keep it coming!
Well, it’s dark out and the Beast is just about done slamming dishes around in the kitchen as she performs her nightly clean up chore. It’s time for me to crawl into bed and watch a movie until my cold medicine knocks me out. We only rode 23.3 miles today but this cold has me feeling pretty fatigued.
More later; Til then, Feel free to weigh in with your shock, support, doubts, wisdom and your own biking experiences. You can post a comment or email us, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miles ridden so far: 0 (training miles don’t count)