Saturday, July 5, 2008

Inaugural Cargo Bike Pilot Profile - Val Kleitz

In what I hope to be a regular feature I'll bring you first person stories of life on a cargo bike. To kick off the series is Val Kleitz. Val is one of the most dedicated riders I have ever met and one of the nicest humans around. We met at the market prior to group cargo bike ride. Ironically Val went to high school in Santa Fe with my girlfriend.

Check it out and let me know what you think and feel free to suggest riders for future profiles.


Saturday, June 28, 2008

Video on the Wheel

I have been working feverishly on a new video. I thought I'd show you all the gear I hauled last time I shot an interview. I'll have a clip soon.


Sunday, June 15, 2008

Mulch Run Number 4

Saturday marked the last of my Theo Chocolate Mulch Runs for the early summer. This load is made up of two especially heavy bags weighing close to thirty pounds each. Both today and yesterday I went up Fremont Ave unlike the first Mulch Run where I went up the more gradual, but out of the way Stone Way.

Our garden loves this stuff.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Mulch Run Number 3

This is another 75+ pounds of Cocoa mulch from Theo Chocolates in Seattle. We have been putting it in our garden. I was hoping to get four or five bags on but was only able to get three of them strapped down. To get home I had to climb around 750 feet especially if you factor in the down hill detour to the farmers market.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Early Cargo Run

The year is 1998 and I have just bought my BOB. Mostly for this Thanksgiving trip from Chicago to New Mexico...on the train.

This is one of my favorite "Secret Chicago" locations.

In addition to a weeks worth of clothes and who know what else there is also a small collapsible cooler (a couple of meals for the train trip) and a pack packing kitchen for making hot cocoa in NM.

I really was not so sure I'd get much use out of the BOB. Was I wrong! Everyone should have one in their household. .


Thursday, June 5, 2008

Bike Polo Bikes

Here is a load of bikes I took down to Mobius yesterday. I found one in the weeds and the other in a free pile. Someone will be happy to have them and I am glad to get rid of them.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Neighborhood Cargo Bike Run - Recycling

So yesterday I had to run a few errands. I needed packing material for some art I am sending to New York for a friend. Of course I was looking for material to re-use prior to recycling. I called the LBS on the lake and was told "we have 'em but The Guy is coming by today". So I jumped on the bike and when I showed up I nearly had to beg The Guy for a box.

I was still on the hunt for more padding and had spied some possible materials on the way down so I headed back basically the way I had come. As I went up a residential street I found a pile of wood just waiting to be used as material for our custom cat door that I am in the process of building. And now I do not have to buy it, Thanks.

My last stop did indeed provide me with great packing materials. There is gold in them thar dumpsters. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

I am glad I did this all yesterday as all this would be wet, wet, Seattle wet today.


Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Memorial Day Cargo Bike Ride

Join us for a cargo bike jamboree Memorial Day. We'll meet at the market at noon and ride to Lincoln Park.

For more info contact me or go to if you dare!


Thursday, May 15, 2008

Cargo Biking Good - Cars Bad

So you still can't give up your car? I am here to convince you that it can be done. Wether you get a purpose built bike or just a good basket and paniers you will find it simple to be auto free.