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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Cycle Truck is back!

Spotted at NE 60th and Davis
Yesterday (Tuesday November 29th) I got my Worksman Low Gravity bike, aka the "Cycle Truck" back. You may remember me talking about the Cycle Truck in such "classic" posts such as Bike Crazy, Obsessing over the not-so-important things, The Grocery Run, Cycle Truck Updates, and The Cycle Truck hauls the freight!

I loaned the bike to an acquaintance before leaving for the Cross-Continent Tour. Figured it would be better if it got used. Unfortunately some drama ensued (which I don't want to get into) whether they were going to buy it or not. Finally I went today to collect the bike.

I stopped by Oregon Bike Shop to have some things checked out and adjustments done. Importantly, the Brooks B67 saddle was missing a nut where the rails attach to the spring, so it was a bit loose. Jim gave it a good bill of health so off I went!

Before leaving on the trip, I wasn't so sure what I was going to do with the bike. It was, and is, a beast of a bike. When I need to carry big, bulky things, it's the right tool for the job. But it's not a bike I would use everyday. Riding back home tonight, however, felt different. Somehow the bike felt lighter and more nimble than before tour. It was about 5 miles back home and I had fun every minute. It didn't hurt that another bicyclist shouted "Cycle Truck! Woot!" in passing.

Still, I don't think I'm going to hold on to the Worksman indefinitely. At some point I'll want a cargo bike that's either a more nimble or has more capacity. When I have money, of course.

And I think I found something that has caught my eye...
More on that next time!

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