Saturday, October 17, 2009

Yuba Again...

I've been having a lot of fun riding the Yuba around and looking for just about any excuse to do so. I noticed in a flyer that there was a "spend $200 get 250 airmiles" at safeway last weekend... Now I don't really care about airmiles all that much... or Safeway fro that matter... But Amanda does get excited about such things so I pointed it out to her and off I was sent to push teh limits of what we could haul!!!


Heading out in the snow.


Here's the cartload of stuff I bought and had to somehow load on to the bike... Now I'm thinking having two bags or boxes semi-permanently attached would be really handy when trying to load this up with large loads. I could have put one bag in each keeping it fairly balenced as I loaded it. Instead I had to load up the one side, holding the bike up with my leg. Then, once the Yuba bag was loaded up I turned it around and leaned it against the wall while I loaded up the Bob Bag and then strapped it on to the bike. In the end it didn't end up all that well balanced. It wasn't a huge deal for handling, but whenever I stopped I couldn't just use the kick stand - it would just tip over...


All loaded up.

I was going to type out the list of everything I got to give you an idea of how much exactly I was loaded up with.. but I'm too lazy... Let's just say there was at least 22 litres of apple juice and soymilk... Which is 22kg right there (almost 50lbs). Then there was bags and bags of frozen peas and corn and blueberries...


Back home...

6 comments:

Mike said...

Hi Tim,

I actually found this through your wargaming blog. Being both an avid cyclist and a wargamer myself, I just wanted to say it's great to see someone else living the good life!

Great to see someone putting a Yuba through its paces, too (and in the snow, no less). Keep it up :)

Bob Barnetson said...

Is the yuba some sort of heavy-duty bike? Kind of looks like the cycling equivalent of a flatbed--awesome load carry; you are quite the stallion for being an old man!

tim said...

It is very heavy-duty! It's totally the bicycle equivalent of a pick-up truck.

Luckily all places that I'd have to go to get large-ish loads - lumber yard, grocery stores, etc... are all UPHILL from where I live! (thus getting home loaded up is quite easy!)

Anuket said...

Hey Tim, have you ever heard of Christiana bikes? Talk about the equivalent of a truck...this thing is the equivalent of a semi!

http://www.christianiabikes.com/

tim said...

I have! They look pretty sweet! I think I first read about them ten years ago in Encycleopedia '99 (Davisdon and McGurn, Overlook Press).

I've actually seen one in Saskatoon parked out front of Steep Hill Food Co-Op where I get most of my Groceries. Gerry - the manager said she talked to the owner and they apparently had it shipped from Denmark and... I can't remember for sure... but I think it was more than a few thousand dollars... a bit out of my budget range...

Not that I had a budget for the Yuba. I kind of fell into that one bass-ackwards. A friend of mine got it for writing a review and I got it off of him for a pretty sweet deal that I just couldn't pass up...

Pawistik said...

Hi Tim,
You rock, dude.

See my blog post from a while ago discussing the Yuba and other trucks of the big world: http://pawistik.blogspot.com/2008/06/two-wheeled-trucks.html

I use my 2-kid bike trailer for grocery-hauling. I always enjoy it when I pull the full shopping cartload of groceries (including 10 pound bags of potatoes, 4L jugs of milk, cans of everything, and a couple dozen eggs) up to the bike and start loading up the trailer. The looks I get are priceless.

With Lauren on board I can't have the cart overflowing. Without her, the load is massive.

Makes for an effort-full ride home though!

Cheers,
Bryan