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55-Gallon Barrel (wittco posted on May 22nd, 2012 )

Stacy Bisker, A Simple Six , asked the cargoverse about carrying home a 55-gallon barrel for rain water on a cargo bike. Stacy got a line on a free barrel so long as she picks it up.

No problem. None. Nada.


Stacy and I both have Yuba Mundos so I grabbed my extra water barrel and staged some carrying options. One cargo bike and one ratchet strap is all it took.

on deck
This option is likely the one most would use. Put the item right on the back like it was a pick up truck. The benefit of this option is that the barrel is balanced on the bike. The bonus is that my bike looked like it had rocket thrusters. Cool!

on running board
This option is likely a close second for options. The Yuba Mundo has many places on which to place items and a multitude of attachment points for straps, ropes, and bungees. This flexibility appeals to riders of Mundos. Mudos also do well with large, awkward, or odd sized/shaped items such as a 55-gallon barrel. Given that the barrel is not full of water, putting it on the running board will not unbalance the bike too much. The benefit of this option is that the barrel was not right behind me when I looked back.

on basket
A silly option, but an option nevertheless. A tall enough rider or someone doing the stand-and-ride stride, would have no issues. I had to crane my neck to get a good view of the road over the barrel, but it could be done. The bonus is that it gave me a reason to use the sturdy Bread Basket. It is also likely to be a sight cruising down the road.

Jim Rudenko, on of the many cargo bike riders that I see on Facebook, had these photos to share of his 55-gallon drum carry. Looks like he plans on carrying a kid as well. Way to go, Jim!

Jim Rudenko and Xtracycle

Cargo Kael (wittco posted on May 19th, 2012 )

Cargo Kael

Our eldest son, Kael, started life with cargo bikes. I was unaware of it at the time, but what Kael had done was create his own cargo bike. For me, it was not until about 5 years after this bike that I got my first cargo bike from Clever Cycles. Kael had a tricycle that he would ride around the neighborhood. He would ride, and I would walk. Kael would stop at every stick, rock, and broken car part left on the side of the road and want to take it home. I remarked during one of his rides that he will have to start carrying his treasures home. He said sure and had the idea to build a box on his tricycle. And so we did. We built it together, sanded it, and then painted it. It provided a whole weekend of fun. Then Kael got to use it. Kael was all about cargo bikes even before me. What an early adopter.

The tricycle is now across the street, being used by our neighbor’s son, Ezra. I am pleased to see the tricycle being used by others with box still intact.

Forward, 5 or so years and I am hauling kids to school on a bakfiets. Kael, seen in the front of the bakfiets, never once complained about the cold or the rain or having to sit on the floor of the box because his brothers fit better on the seat. No matter how many things Kael breaks, I will always remember his enthusiasm and willingness to do what it takes for the family.

Last Block (cropped)

Forward a few more years and Kael is playing with my Bullitt from Splendid Cycles. Some kids play house. Some play war. My eldest plays cargo bike rider.

Cargo Kael (cropped)

Forward just a few years and Kael is 11-years-old. He is riding a Mercurio we borrowed from Metrofiets. Kael eagerly wanted to ride the bike when we returned it, so I let him. He did marvelously. If you have ever ridden a Mercurio, you know how much effort it is, as well as how squirrely the bike can be when turning. However, Kael cargoed-on!

Kael, thank you for sharing cargo love with me.

Volk Bullitt Review (wittco posted on May 17th, 2012 )

Josh Volk, Slow Hand Farms, recently reviewed his time with a Bullitt. Out of his generosity, we have been able to share his review in full text.

Part of our goal at TRANSPORT/LAND is to support and promote the growth of a cargo bike culture in the Portland area, and business will play role in this. With this in mind, see how one of many businesses in the Portland area go about the business day. Enjoy.


In a previous life I was a bicycle racer and bicycle mechanic, and for a long time I’ve wanted to merge the bike world with the farming world. In the earliest plans for Slow Hand Farm I was lusting after a completely impractical delivery bike like the Classic Dutch Cargo Tricycle from Workcycles, complete with a custom deck to display the produce. like an old time push cart vendor.

I stopped into Splendid Cycles over a year ago, curious to check out their selection of cargo bikes and struck up a conversation with Joel, the owner of what at that time was a one man shop. He was excited enough about what I was doing, even without the bike, that he immediately sent me photos of the set up he thought would be right for me. I did come back for a test ride, but I wasn’t totally convinced. Then, earlier this year, Mike Cobb, a dyed in the wool cargo cyclist and all around great guy who is working with me on the Farm Hand Carts, lent me his Yuba Mundo so I could try out a farm delivery run, human powered. This was actually the second time I had pedaled the produce into town. The first time was a relatively light run on a day when my car ended up in the shop, and for that run I had used my Bike Friday with its trailer grossly overloaded. The run with the Yuba was a significantly heavier load, and while it was fun in its own right, it also made me realize what Joel had been telling me about a good set up.

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