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A Bicycle-Themed Weekend

July 18th, 2010 7 comments


We’re getting ready to move – just 2 weeks until we have our first night in our new home – and that means amassing things to fill up the home we haven’t had for nearly 4 years.

Of course, we want to do it by bicycle, and that’s easily possible here. We went down to the local bike shop and rented a Bakfiets, or Dutch cargo bike for the weekend.

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Once we had the bakfiets, we went to pick up a sofa bed (which we don’t have pictures of because it rained really hard just as we got the sofa loaded on the bakfiets and we cycled quickly home!!) and then later, a fridge. Check out this picture of Andrew….

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The fun wasn’t over. On Sunday, we modified a kids bike trailer that we got for free, so that we could carry smaller cargo loads around town. We might use it for touring too. All told, it only cost us about $15.

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7 Responses to “A Bicycle-Themed Weekend”

  1. Bijan says:

    Hi Friedel & Andrew :)
    Hope you guys are doing fine. And congratulations with your new home. I love the pictures. Hopefully you did not go through a lot o trouble to move your stuff. I guess now its about time to think about a little mr. or miss Grant ;))))
    Still remember what you told me in Tehran on our bus ride to the bicycle shop?!! :)))

    Take Care and all the best, bijan :)

  2. Jayme says:

    I LOVE that you have a personal spot on your blog now! And I love the pics of your move. Is that giant crate of beer on the back of your bike? I’d say that was well worth $15!

  3. Jen T says:

    Jim & I just want to say thanks so much for the link to the personal stuff. We just laughed out loud at the pictures. Can’t see that happening anytime soon in NZ!!!!. Jim say you got your prorities right…..beer & toilet paper LOL
    Luv & Big big hugs
    Jenny & Jim

  4. friedel says:

    Hi everyone, hope you enjoy this section. We’ll try to get an RSS feed going from it too, so you know when it’s updated. We have a lot of Dutch things we haven’t filled you in on, and some of them don’t involve bikes at all. Imagine that!

  5. Ryanb says:

    awesome idea to move using bikes to transport,wish that would work here in Whangarei,new zealand,cargo bikes havent really taken off here which is a shame

  6. Wooden Shoe Biker says:

    Looks a little precarious with that refrigerator. Hopefully you did not have to move too far. The steering must have been a muscle to the max thing. Have not seen a bakfiets in Illinois yet, maybe in Groningen .

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