A Whole New World of Cycling Excitement

I’ve been waiting for this day since May 28, which is when I placed an order for a new bicycle-related toy. (And NO, it wasn’t the Surly Ogre I’ve been talking about buying since last October but still haven’t actually done so.) Anyway, upon placing the order I was disappointed to learn my item was on a thirty-day backorder. But I resolved to be patient. “After all,” I said to myself, “it’s ONLY a month, right?”

Right,” I replied.

And who knows,” I continued, “since I’m a highly valued customer, maybe REI will expedite the order and ship it earlier.”

I thought about what I had said to myself and added, “True, I’m sure they’ll take into consideration all of the excessive spending I’ve done with them over the years.”

I was right. My imaginary status as an “REI Super Customer” paid off. My new bike contraption arrived a full day early. YES!!!!!

I quickly assembled the object that I’ve so carefully been keeping a secret so far, and I could not wait to test it out. It is now time to reveal the identity of the new toy by way of today’s Before & After pictures. Check it out:

October 20, 2017: In the past, I have strapped a wire basket onto my rear bike rack so I could take my dog, Diggity, for a ride.

June 26, 2020: As of today, Diggity gets to enjoy a more formal mode of transportation. (A big “thank you” goes out to The Feeshko for taking both the 2017 picture and the 2020 picture.)

I have never towed a trailer behind any bike before so I didn’t know what to expect, but it was surprisingly easy. When I’ve seen bike tourists pulling their gear behind them, I always think, “Dude, you should get some panniers.” After today’s ride with Diggity, however, I think I get it.

That doesn’t mean I’m going to switch to a trailer for my touring, but who knows? I’m already thinking about possibly taking Diggity on a 2-3 day bike tour using a combination of panniers and trailer. I already knew he likes camping and now, after our first trip, I know he likes bike riding. A whole new world of exciting biking possibilities are opening up to me.

For example, the trailer will allow me to make larger purchases when I go to the grocery store. Instead of putting a day’s worth of food into a pannier, I think I can get a week’s worth of food into a pannier and the trailer. I’m sure more possibilities will come to me in the next few weeks.

I’ll finish this exciting day with a few pictures and a video from our ride.

Diggity wasn’t quite sure what to think when I loaded him into his new vehicle.

I took him on a 10-mile loop of MY Town. After the first mile, he seemed a little perkier.

About three-quarters of the way through our inaugural ride, we stopped to take a walk along the river. Unfortunately, it started raining so we had to race home. Diggity does not like rain.

Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.

4 response to "BEFORE AND AFTER: June 26"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 26, 2020

    Happy Diggity! He does look a little like WTH?? in that one photo, but happy as can be later on.

    Max the cat doesnt seem terribly enthused about a bicycle ride, trailered or otherwise — but is pleased Diggity enjoyed it. (We will not start a Dog/Cat conflict here! 😉 )

    Ive often wondered about getting a trailer, seems like a pretty good solution to hauling all kinds of stuff.

  2. By: NancyG Posted: June 26, 2020

    What a lucky dog. Looks like maybe you were lucky too in the first photo. Rear tire seems to be going flat!! But that might just be an optical illusion. How patient of you not to only wait the (near month) for delivery, but to keep it such a well hidden secret fo so long.

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