Today I squeezed in a utility ride on the trusty Haluzak. We've been having some bright, brassy late fall days, and I wanted to get out before the impending storm shut down cycling for a couple of days. We're due for some possible snow say the weather gods. I hooked up the Burley trailer because the load was going to be bulky and substantial, about a 30 lb. bag of dog food plus a bunch of cat food in cans and a few things from the Home Despot (my snarky term for Home Depot, the housing supply super giant warehouse store). One of my goals was to see if I could dampen the squeak that develops on the Burley hitch, but I failed. I put some wax on the somewhat flexible attachment point, and it was quiet at first, but once loaded, the noise was back. Arrrgh. I hate repetitive squeaking sounds coming from my bikes! The noise might be from a different bearing point, so I will continue my quest. The old style hitches never had this problem. Burley is of no help. They were surprised that I had any problem at all with this. I own three of these trailers as I loan them out to other cyclists when I run a now annual bike touring club. ALL the trailers have developed the squeak, squeak, squeak....
Still the ride was fantastic, but I noticed the shift in the wind direction, and I had to layer up for the ride back home. My total load was a bit over 40 lbs.--not including the trailer, of course. If I can fix the noise problem, I might tour again with a trailer. The convenience of packing and unpacking is amazing.
I think this was a Cooper's hawk. Not sure on that, however. Later, I made it to the pet supply store and loaded up for the slower slog home.
Forty + pounds of stuff:
It was good to do it all without starting a car. I was the only one out and about on a bike that I could see, which is pretty common around here in a our car-crazy culture. Certainly, I'm one of only, literally, three or four people who seem to shop and do practical things on a bike. With all the hugely overweight people in this society, I wish I could get them to see the fun and practical benefits of even simple daily chores done on a bike. My next posts are likely to be hiking pics. Let's see what this storm has to show for itself. Django LOVES the snow!