Thursday, July 16, 2009

Canoe Musings and Elgoskes

New toys from Rawland have finally arrived. Here's what it'll look like when you open a set of the new Elgoske Bullmoose bars.
Twin Rawland custom clamps allow for bar angle to be adjusted, something not offered by tradtional bullmoose bars.
Etched logos and cutting guides on the bars add a touch of class.
Nice neat welds and really uniform finish. Big bolts and lots of clamping area insure sound purchase.
The bars look great and should be available from Rawland's website shortly.

Apparently there is quite a bit of interest in self hauled canoeing. I should probably start by saying that my method of hauling the canoe was intended to make full use of the bike and trailer I had. It has worked exceedingly well thus far, and I am thinking of several refinements to the set up. The idea of being able to ride upstream, and paddle back with the bike in it is a different story all together.

This is a concept that in reality would not be hard to bring to fruition. The canoe needs to be large enough for two standard folding bikes. These bikes are available from many manufactures for relatively small amounts of money. Dahon comes to mind as probably one of the most reasonable, higher quality units. As with any smaller wheeled bikes, these will have some trade offs on road. Depending on your roads, a ride of 10-20 miles shouldn't be significantly harder on a 20" wheeled bike.

Constructing a cart to haul the canoe basically consists of a wheeled axle that can be strapped around the bottom of the canoe just aft of the center of gravity. A quick Google search for "Bike Pulled Canoe Trailer" brought up a plethora of results. This one seems to be a well thought out, easy design to replicate. If anyone does something similar, please give the gentleman credit for his hard work.

So there you have it. Just find a nice Dahon, buy 3 2x4's and a wheel barrow axle assembly, drink 3 beers assembling it, and you're off! You'll have a canoe transporting system that weighs less than 40lbs and one that can easily fit inside a standard canoe whilst going down the river.

Here are a few pics from Eric and I's little regatta the other morning. Eric's design is similar to the one talked about above, and works quite well for his purposes.
Onlookers of all sorts watched even at the early hour of 6am. Drives by strained necks to check the bikes out, and several honked in approval. Quite a different honk than I'm used to getting on the roads!
Eric's superbly equipped Dummy. Complete with the Rohloff drive train, it may be verging on perfection.
This picture just sums it up. A perfect day, and a picture perfect day. Puttering around Lyman Lakes. This trip was really a trial of Eric's set up. It turned into a perfect morning just hanging out on the water.


coastkid said...

i was just on about why no-one makes a replica of the old moose bar!!!
cool, ok then who sells them?,how much? and will the post out of the USA to the UK??? oh if paypal ok i will order imediatly!!

Ben said...

They are available through Rawland directly via their website.

I would email Sean directly, as I'm not sure they have been added to the site just yet. He can give you specifics on price and ship time, but I'm sure he would be glad to ship a set your way!

Sean Noonan said...

whoa, all the way to lyman lakes?
that used to make me tired. Probably lacking scenery though, especially this time of year. Too bad there are no lakes at olaf. They should build a moat with that windmill.


Ben said...

I know right? It is about a 2 mile ride. I was tired. Maybe if I got some folks to pay me to ride my bike all year I could build up to a 5 mile ride or so.

Ha! Hope all's well. I'm exicted to see you home again. Oh, and you still have the gut!

Lanny said...

I may have missed it, but can you post any details on the rig that your buddy used to pull his Wenonah Jensen? That looks like a good solution and more stable than many solutions I've seen. Wonderful posts on a topic near to my heart.