Shifting to Canberra this year has given me the opportunity to increase my bicycle usage. I routinely ride to university, and Clansi and I have begun cycling to buy groceries. This year I have accumulated over 1000 kms on my cycle-computer odometer.
Tasks such as buying groceries, while clearly more healthy and eco-friendly when done on a bicycle, are fraught with difficulties. Hanging shopping bags on the handle-bars is the most intuitive, but least effective, technique. It makes control dramatically erratic, and the bags are typically destroyed as they brush against the front wheel. A slightly more exotic solution, one which we currently use regularly, is to take a back-pack in which to bring home the groceries.
A trailer that could be pulled behind a bicycle would, however, be the most satisfactory solution. They exist, and for a while now I have been observing the various designs that are available.
Of course, a well-designed trailer would be good for a lot more than simply shopping. I have wanted to do a cycling expedition for many years now, and one of the challenges is finding a way to carry tents and camping gear. Riding a bike while wearing my Macpac Cascade is something I’d rather avoid.
So I think I will build a custom bicycle trailer, and will attempt to keep notes here on my progress.