Bike Trailer Carrier. Dawes Lightning 1000 Shimano 24 Speed Road Bike.
Bike Trailer Carrier
- A bicycle trailer is a motorless wheeled frame with a hitch system for transporting cargo by bicycle. It can greatly increase a bike's cargo capacity, allowing point-to-point haulage of objects up to 4 cubic yards (3 cubic meters) in volume that weigh as much as half-a-ton.
- A person or thing that carries, holds, or conveys something
- A vessel or vehicle for transporting people or things, esp. goods in bulk
- someone whose employment involves carrying something; "the bonds were transmitted by carrier"
- A person or company that undertakes the professional conveyance of goods or people
- a self-propelled wheeled vehicle designed specifically to carry something; "refrigerated carriers have revolutionized the grocery business"
- aircraft carrier: a large warship that carries planes and has a long flat deck for takeoffs and landings
There's a Snake in my Trailer!
I went out tonight with Joel and Micah on the bike. A while ago I borrowed a trailer from my friend Rob, so now I can take all three kids when I go riding. One goes on the child carrier on the back of the bike and the other two get towed behind in the trailer. It adds at least another hundred pounds to my ride so the going can be quite slow, especially up hills. But the boys love it. It’s good exercise for me and it gives Debbie a break from the incessant demands of small children. Anyway, Debbie took Daniel to see a children’s choir, and I took the younger two cycling to distract them from the fact that Mum had gone and left them behind. We went up the road to a small playground (the operative word here is up–I felt every one of those extra pounds) where the boys played for about fifteen minutes. Bedtime was fast approaching so I put the boys’ helmets on, strapped them into the trailer, and headed for home. We’d hardly gone a block before there was a piercing screech from behind. - “A SNAKE! A SNAKE! THERE’S A SNAKE IN THE TRAILER!” - “What? What are you talking about?” - “GET ME OUT! GET ME OUT! THERE’S A SNAKE!” Joel was panicked and desperate. I stopped, hopped off the bike as quickly as I could, put the kickstand down, opened the trailer mesh, and tried to calm him down enough to get some sense out of his incoherent cries. - “What’s wrong Joel?” - “There’s a snake in the trailer!” - “Really? Where?” - “There!” He pointed to the side of the trailer. Now once you strap two boys into that seat there’s not a lot of room left. Barely enough for a twig, in fact. I tried lifting the edge of the seat where he was pointing, but there was hardly enough space to get a finger down. Meanwhile, Joel’s main priority was to get out, and he was still strapped in. What was taking Dad so long? Didn’t he know Joel was trapped in there with a snake? He communicated his ongoing concern loud and clear. At this point I considered the idea of a real, live snake in the trailer to be quite ludicrous, but to calm Joel down I unstrapped him and pulled him out onto the sidewalk. I lifted his seat up, and sure enough, there was a snake coiled up in the luggage area behind the seat. A yellow and black grass snake, about 15 inches long. Quite harmless. I pulled Micah out of his seat and showed them both the snake. Joel immediately calmed down and became quite smug, vindicated. See? He hadn’t been making it up after all. Not that I’d said as much, mind you, but he’d caught the incredulity in my voice. What to do? I sat Micah up on the child carrier and walked the bike the rest of the way home, Joel trotting beside me, chatting the whole way. He was very pleased to have emerged unscathed as the hero of such an ordeal. Apparently the snake stuck its head up beside Joel’s knee. That must have given him quite a fright In the close confines of the trailer. At home I went inside and got my camera and came out to take some pictures. The snake didn’t like all the attention and after about five minutes made a run for it–out through a gap in the canvas, down onto the driveway, into the grass and under the front porch. Great excitement for the boys, but they kept their distance. The rest of the evening was quiet. Joel went straight to bed with no fuss. Micah kept me company while I copied the photos over to the computer, and in due course went to bed himself. Debbie came home with Daniel, in high spirits from their night out. Daniel went to bed. Debbie will find out about our adventure tomorrow morning. Joel won’t be able to get the words out fast enough.
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Resting after the uphill rid from Saltria heading back to Comptasch ... Nicholas asleep in his Chariot bike trailer :)