Tales from today's utility ride

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Pale Rider, 16 Jan 2016.

  1. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Xauqing? :laugh:

    Named after a stupid Backland politician: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quaxing#.23Quaxing
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  2. simon.r

    simon.r Person

    I think I’ve found the practical weight limit for a Brompton front carrier.


    10l of ad-blue, 2l of milk, 0.5l of water, a see-sense light (thanks to @Sixmile on the “found a bargain” thread) and a few other bits and bobs (d-lock, etc. not pictured), adding up to a bit over 14kg.

    The front tyre squirmed a bit, but everything’s survived:okay:

    I think Brompton’s recommended weight limit is 10kg.
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  3. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Just a short hop to the pharmacy before work this morning, but combines with yesterday's town trips to fill the threespeedOct2017 requirement for this week for sure. Stopped by a lake for a picture on the way home.
  4. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Actually yesterday's ride but the electricity went out about 7pm and I didn't bother to reboot afterwards... usual ride to market and back, but on the way in, a box van was obstructing the cycleway and one direction of the carriageway while it made a delivery. It was slightly annoying for me, having to pull out to turn right across traffic to join the remaining direction, then turn right again off, but it was far worse for the motorists - the southbound queue was building up almost as fast as I was cycling north.

    Usually that sort of shoot attracts police attention - non-emergency roadworks in that area are normally restricted to overnight because it's a busy two-A-road duplex and just now it carries extra traffic because an alternative ratrun is closed to motoring by long-term roadworks - I've no idea whether the police went and shifted it, as I was probably in town long before the queue cleared.

    It reminds me how resilient cycling is and how fragile and unsustainable motoring is. You can fit a hell of a lot of bikes through the width needed by each motor vehicle.
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  5. Rcyne

    Rcyne Regular

    I did my first couple of utility rides over the last few days. I did some shopping and ran a few errands, much better than finding and paying for parking etc. Although my panniers are spacey, I didn't go around picking up extra stuff willy nilly like I usually would when I have the car.
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  6. simon.r

    simon.r Person

    Not a tale, but a view from the saddle from my utility ride this morning. Beer and a poinsettia (and a few other bits of shopping underneath).

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  7. simon.r

    simon.r Person

    I shall be retiring next year and losing my company car. I’m not going to replace it for a mix of ethical and financial reasons. (I will have access to my wife’s car, but intend to use it only in emergencies).

    Over the last few months I’ve been using the car as little as possible, but recently I’ve had to use it a few times to move bulky and heavy stuff that with the best will in the world couldn’t safely be carried on any of my bikes.

    A cargo bike seemed to be the answer, but I’m reluctant to spend a lot of money on something that will probably only be used once or twice a month.

    So I’ve just bought this:


    An ex Whistl Pashley.

    It’s in need of a little TLC, but an initial once-over suggests it’s basically sound. For £200 it comes with with Schwalbe M+ tyres, SA hubs (3 speed rear, dynamo front, both with drum brakes), a front rack and a ridiculously long rear rack. I reckon it was a decent price and will do the job.
  8. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

  9. simon.r

    simon.r Person

    I’ve thought about it, but a lot of my local utility trips use cycle routes with anti-motorbike barriers installed and I think a trailer would be difficult to get through them.
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  10. straas

    straas Über Member

    I'm after a bit of advice:

    I currently have a mountain bike (https://www.orangebikes.co.uk/images/2012_bikes/jpegs/G3-19-002094.jpg) set up much as it is in that photo.

    I want to use the bike for utility purposes, pub stops, shopping etc.

    I would like to run the bike on thinner non knobbly tyres, have full mudguards, a rack and ideally a kickstand - is this practicable on this bike or should I sell and replace with something else?

    I have a trailer for heavier loads, that I can attach to this, and other bikes for commuting / sport.
  11. simon.r

    simon.r Person

    Thinner tyres will be no problem.

    Mudguards and rack depends to some extent what mounting points are on your frame / fork. I can’t see properly on the photo, but it doesn’t look as if you have the appropriate mounts. Fitting a ‘proper’ mudguard to a suspension fork is always going to be awkward. There are ways around this (using P clips, seatpost mounted racks etc) but it’s a compromise at best

    Kickstand should be doable, but again may be a bit of a faff.

    If you enjoy tinkering and are prepared to spend a bit of time and money give it a go.

    Personally, having done similar ‘conversions’ in the past I’d be tempted to sell it and buy something with what you want already in place.

    Decent hybrids can be had for not a lot of money, for example this: https://www.rutlandcycling.com/3719...MIvLCg-tfe1wIV7rvtCh1klAozEAQYAiABEgLc5PD_BwE looks as if it’s the sort of bike that would suit.
  12. SkipdiverJohn

    SkipdiverJohn Über Member

    What's the point of selling your existing bike and losing money on it? Just keep the MTB as it is and go and buy an additional cheap secondhand MTB/hybrid/commuter that's already fitted with mudguards, carrier etc. I picked up a cracking Raleigh the other day for £20, and the full MTB mudguards it came with would have cost me that much by themselves - without the bike attached!..
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  13. straas

    straas Über Member

    I currently have four bikes, I think a fifth would be overdoing it somewhat...
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  14. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Rather annoying today: usual ride to market, a nobber in an Astra pulled alongside and opened his window as I rode around the A10/A149/A47 junction and asked if I paid road tax, didn't like my answer that road tax didn't exist but I paid tax on my car, so said he'd knock me off if he saw me on the road in front of him again! I used the cycleway bypass of the next crossroads and waited on the corner facing backwards so my camera could capture his number plate. Then as I continued along the cycleway, a driver pulled out of a side road, putting their car nose into the cycleway before they stopped and looked, causing me to do an emergency stop!

    But the most annoying bit was that when I parked at my first stop and pressed stop on the camera, it signalled a recording fault! So those two bad drivers will get away with it this time! :cursing:
  15. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Man up and get at least a couple more
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