I have to admit that cars are my bugbear, especially in cities. Daily, I’m confounded by how accepting we’ve become of the many ways they impact our quality of life negatively; be it the extent to which they pollute the air that we breathe, or the mind-boggling space we dedicate to them, in use and when dormant on the roadside. Culturally, we endorse unnecessarily large chunks of metal whistling by us at high speeds, while humans tip-toe along narrow sidewalks, or wait for an eternity to cross a road, or fear for their lives if they choose to ride a bicycle. Big oil and the auto industry have a lot to answer for! Although there’s little point in me getting frustrated by forces I can’t control, I struggle not to, especially when it affects me every time I walk into town or get on my bike for a ride. Sometimes I think I should retire to the Netherlands and live out my existence cruising the paths there!
I see bicycles as an important part of the solution to making cities more liveable again, so if there’s a way of making them more effective still, count me in! Like hitching on a trailer and magicing them into incredible load haulers. For the last few months I’ve used the Francis Cycles Farfarer daily, for trips around town and along the local dirt roads, and even multi-day rides into the mountains. I don’t own a car so it’s not like it replaces a car journey for me, per se. But if I did (and when I used to), a trailer would diminish my reliance on one considerably. Certainly, bicycle trailers can be piled high with shopping or whatever awkward and odd-shapes items your life demands. Mine carries Huesos most of the time but if my son Sage was half the size, I’d be tempted to bundle him in there too; I know Joshua Muir, who makes these beautiful, elegant and lightweight trailers in Santa Cruz, California, uses his to ferry his daughter to school, or to carry extra gear on their family adventures amongst the redwoods.
I love finding easy ways of making bikes more practical in everyday life. I penned a full review at @bikepackingcom, because I think almost anyone who has a bike would benefit from a trailer of some kind too.
This is a cut n’ pasted Instanugget. The full review can be found over at bikepacking.com
I have a billion pics like this, but these ones really seem to capture Huesos’ mood. He’d found a bone that day on his walk, and I’d stashed it in the trailer so he could gnaw on it in the garden. He was stoked!