Things that can be carried on a bike (#743), plus a brief observation…


Yesterday I rode my old workhorse, a Yuba Mundo v3. Years ago I dubbed it “Sal” as in “I've got an old mule and her name is Sal, fifteen years on the Erie Canal.” The bike weighs 70lbs (32km) with nothing on it; it is slow, but it gets the job done. I had forgotten how fun it was to ride this bike. Anyhow, and this said, yesterday while riding slowly and carrying a few things a couple thoughts came to mind. One is that voluntarily giving up car ownership 10 years ago was one of my best decisions and that I’ll likely never own a car again. The other thing is that as I’ve gotten older riding hasn’t seemed to get more difficult but just that places which I’ve traveled to many times have gotten slightly farther away. Like Sal—the bike—I may move a bit slower but get the job done.

On the bike… two 4ft (1.2m) perforated metal tubes, a couple small pieces of sheet metal, an electric space heater, a camera bag, two jackets, and a small bag of screws and bolts.