Yesterday Meg and I had a lot of time to get errands done around the house. We have a lot of stuff to do in the garden, so a run to Menard's was in order. We live about 2 miles away and it was a beautiful day out. I haven't been doing many things around town yet this year, so the Big Dummy has sat in the garage neglected. A little air in the tires and she was ready to rock.
We made our way out to Dundas along the back roads with the snu on our shoulders and a slight tailwind at our backs. The thermometer at the bank along the way read 64 degrees. It was a near perfect afternoon for a little jaunt. Menard's was understandably busy on a nice Sunday. We quickly gathered the things we needed and started and made our way though the checkout.
This is where the fun started for me. The ride out was great, but the real show was seeing people's faces as we loaded up. I was wearing dark sunglasses just so I could be privy to the inquiring looks of the mostly truck driving onlookers. Our list of purchases was small but consisted of some pretty bulky objects. A 25lb bag of mulch, a 20lb bag of potting soil, and a 5' tall trellis made up the bulk of it. Meg carried the smaller items in her bags, and we got the Dummy set pretty easily. I tied a red flag onto the sharp tip of the trellis to avoid pedestrian injury.For the bulk of the load, the low, even distribution made riding it nearly the same as unloaded. The sheer stability of a loaded Big Dummy is one of the best attributes of the bike. There was a bit under 80lbs of cargo on it at this point. It is only fractionally harder to ride physically, and controlling steering is really no more difficult. We took the bike path from Dundas to Northfield through Sechler Park on the way back. From there we crossed the Peggy's Bridge over the Cannon and into Riverside Park heading towards Just Food Co-op. Laying next to the river in some bushes I found a rather nice abandoned bicycle. The bike is an 18", red Specialized Hardrock. If someone is missing one you can call me with the serial number to claim it.
The bike is rather beat up, someone threw the rear derailleur into the wheel. It'll need at least a hanger, derailleur, wheel and a tune up. If no one claims it in a reasonable amount of time, (or the local PD doesn't call us, I reported it found,) we'll fix it up with used parts and send it to Big Brothers Big Sisters. My uncle runs the local area for that organization and we donate quite a few bikes to them for kids.
This is where the Big Dummy really shines. Already fully loaded, I just loosened one of the tie down straps and threw 'er on. A minute later we were moving again, the load fully secured and not going anywhere. Gotta love that. We loaded up groceries for dinner and headed for home. All in all it was about a 8 mile casual ride on a beautiful day. Once again the Big Dummy has proved it's worth in my garage. I am continually impressed by what this bike allows anyone to do. It's a game changer in terms of mobility on a bike. What else would have allowed all of this to happen easily under human power? I have some stickers that will emphasize this point, but if you really want to save the world buy a Big Dummy. For a little food for thought, a Big Dummy complete currently costs about $29,000 less than a normally equipped Toyota Prius. Seems simple enough to me. Hope your week goes great. Ours has started off wonderfully.