Have cargo bike..will travel!

I updated Epicurean Cyclist with a little video I took from a trip I took to Oregon. Laura and I took the train from Los Angeles to Albany, OR and rode to Corvallis. I had a shoot lined up so I brought my camera gear in backpack. Unfortunately, when we got there it started to rain and my backpack wasn’t really waterproof.

What to do? We pulled into the nearest cafe and I asked for some trash bags to keep my gear dry. You’ll also see me assembling the bike at the train station. The webbing I’m wrapping around the front rack is marine safety net. Strong, yet light. It’s not the prettiest looking stuff but it can hold my gear and even adds a bit of suspension for it.

I guess I would classify this as an extreme commute. The train ride took 28 hours and involved boxing up the cargo bike. We were a little under-prepared weather-wise. No outer shells, just layers of wool.

However, everything turned out fine and in retrospect it was a fine mini-adventure.


  1. Galen Stevens

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  2. MattG

    The train made you box the bikes up? I thought that they would have mondo room to store stuff like that! That’s weak.

    In any case, I could have told you that wool keeps you warm when wet. I once slipped into an almost frozen pond wearing wool and since I didn’t die of hypothermia, I’d say it works pretty well.

  3. Rapps

    Excellent 🙂 Never fails, I get to work and someone comments (with such alarm in their voice that you would have thought acid was falling from the sky) “You rode your bike today! It’s cold! It’s wet!” Is it true that rain water will melt humans? All I see is someone who no longer thinks. I’d like to say “Yea, in fact most of the people in the world don’t have what you have, let alone become so numb, that they don’t even realize it any longer”.

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