Sunday, February 14, 2010

cargo bike update



The cargo bike went on its first test ride this morning! So far I'm pretty happy with it. I still need to build a kickstand and reinforce a couple of spots. The cranks I put on are too long and hit the ground in corners, but otherwise it rides very nice. I gave it one gear in the front and five in the rear. The brake cable is just temporary, I'll put on a longer one after its painted. I plan on test riding it for a while then it will get torn down and get a paint job, front brake, cargo box, and new cables.




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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Monday, February 8, 2010

New cargo bike

I've been leaving work early or not going at all a lot lately. This isn't so great for the paycheck but it sure is good for my life. I've been getting a little yard work done, preparing for this years garden. I built my cargo trailer, and have been sewing some panniers.

Last week I was trying to think of what I could do with this mountain bike frame I have laying around. I thought of making it into a single speed cruiser. Maybe I would sell it. But I started kicking around this idea for a long john style bike. With a little inspiration from here and a whole bunch of inspiration and support from Tom's cargo bikes ( Tom is super helpful, plus he shows how to build the bikes that he makes and sells), I came up with this.



I'm into it 25 bucks so far, I think I'll only need to buy a couple little things to get it running. I bought the front wheel for 82 cents at a thrift store ( I did buy a new tire and tube). The fork is the original mountain bike fork with 3 inches removed. I built the steerer tube and front of the frame with tubing from a local supplier. Most everything else is leftovers.

I still have to make some steering linkages, build a cargo box or flatbed, add a little paint, brakes, drive train etc. But its moving along fast. I can't wait to test ride this.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Our first CSA box


I picked up our first Full Belly Farm CSA box yesterday. We got spinach, turnips, rutabagas, green garlic, carrots, butternut squash, kale, and 2 Hachiya persimmons. Those are mine. Brian wants nothing to do with those.