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Yuba Bread Basket Liner DIY Tutorial

We love our Bread Basket on the Yuba Mundo. It took some coordination of efforts and the kindness of strangers, but we managed to find this basket at Calhoun Cycle in Minnesota, and reader, Nicole Nafziger, picked it up to make a custom basket liner before shipping the whole kit-and-kaboodle down to West Virginia. This scenario played out as part of an effort to bring you the DIY Tutorial. I am very excited to share with you Nicole’s extensive work in lining up photos and instruction with a fun narrative. Now, ride out to your fabric store, or upcycle something from home, to crank out your own liner! It is certain to expand the function of your Bread Basket.

 

How to make a Yuba Bread Basket Infinitely More Functional? Add a Basket Liner, Of Course!

And if you’re going to bother to do it, you might as well make it fun! ~~designed, written, & documented by Nicole Nafziger

When we first got our Yuba Mundo in June 2012, we elected not to purchase the Bread Basket, thinking we’d have plenty of capacity with just the Go-Getter bag. It quickly became apparent that having a basket, when two kids were taking up space on the deck, would be invaluable.

For all its brilliance in design—the frame mounting especially, but also the sizing and capacity, the Bread Basket has a mostly open bottom. That’s great if you have a package or a box that’s larger than the gaps between the bars, but what if you just want to throw your helmet, your purse, your keys, kids’ coats and mittens, etc. etc. in there? Clearly, it needed something, and that something would require dusting off the sewing machine, because I couldn’t think of anything, aside from a perfectly-sized cardboard box, that would do the trick. And, if I was going to dust off the sewing machine, I was sure going to make it fun! I mean, biking with kids on board is already a high profile activity, and really, don’t you want to be as visible as possible with your kids on board? So, I was dreaming of bright colors and fun fabrics…

When I started thinking about fabric—I thought I’d probably use a home-decorator-weight fabric and use something like a piece of flat plastic or some foam core to make a sturdy bottom. I imagined I would French Seam everything to make it neat and tidy with matching ties or webbing to attach it to the basket. It would be great! And with that in mind, off to my favorite little local fabric store in St. Paul I went!

Treadle Yard Goods carries all sorts of wondrous fabrics that you just don’t see in the big box places, and even though you pay a premium for all that variety, you usually end up with something fabulous in the end. Once again, it did not disappoint. This store carries a rather large selection of oil cloth fabrics:

Hmmm… waterproof. Not a bad idea on a bike.

Easily washable or able to be wiped clean: not a bad idea when transporting foods, beverages, and all things child-related.

A relatively stiff structure: we might be on to something here…. No need for a foam or plastic base!

Oh, and don’t forget the very colorful and coordinating fabric selection! Yowza!

It all started to come together when I saw a reusable grocery sack made of oilcloth hanging on the wall. Bingo! This was going to work!

I decided to double-layer everything to help retain structure, and provide the opportunity to use more than one fabric print. I chose a green apple and green and white stripe fabric for my Boda Boda (one Yuba just wasn’t enough!), and a Dr. Suess-themed “laminated cotton” for the Mundo. The laminated cotton would require three layers for rigidity, so I planned to put an oil cloth layer in the middle.

The example grocery bag used binding tape all around the cut edges, which really had a nice look to it, and the coordinating ties attaching it to the basket could use the same tape (it matches and it was one less thing to buy—double win!).

Armed with my yard goods, I went home and started putting it all together. My first attempt with the green version went splendidly. The only flaws we noticed, after attaching it to the basket and using it for a little while, were:

1) When empty, it sounded like a bass drum accompanying you down the road

2) A pocket for keys and a phone would be awfully nice

3) I didn’t attach the ties perfectly to the binding in places, and where I did it directly to the oilcloth, it was starting to tear a little bit

However, as we expected, it made the usefulness of the Bread Basket go up exponentially! This basket can hold a serious amount of stuff! And if you don’t have to worry about placing things “just right” so nothing falls out the bottom, you’ve got yourself a good container. (And have I mentioned how amazing the frame-mounting feature is? Seriously. How is that not the standard way to mount a basket on a bike?!?).

So, I endeavored to “fix” the flaws on my own liner and felt confident enough to cut into the Suessified version. Sadly, this did not go as planned. I thought a triple layer would be stiff enough. It wasn’t. I thought it wouldn’t matter which sides were just a continuation of the bottom verses added as panels. It does. I didn’t think it would matter which side the pockets were on. It does. Poor hubby’s liner just isn’t quite what we hoped it would be. He’s on the short list for a new, proper, one. It’s all form and no function. Alas. (Okay, it functions, but it’s not nearly as good).

Saggy, baggy sides and pocket
Sagging through the bottom bars

Lessons learned. We zip-tied it in place as much as we could for now. Then the opportunity have another go at it for Stacy, and put this tutorial together, fell into place. So, here is the step-by-step guide to making your very own Bread Basket liner!

Supplies:

  • 2 –19” pieces of 45” wide oil cloth fabric of your choice (do NOT substitute laminated cotton. You need the stiff stuff)
  • 2 packages of either regular or extra-wide coordinating double-folded bias tape*
  • Size 14 needles
  • 1 spool of good, sturdy thread. (Do not buy the cheap stuff! I use Mettler 100% poly, per my fabric store’s recommendation)
  • A couple sheets of tissue paper (Left over gift bag stuffing is fine)
  • A rotary cutter and a mat are highly useful, but not required

*I’ve used both and prefer the wider bias tape. The narrower works fine, and you get a few extra yards to work with, which is helpful depending on how many add-on’s you’re planning.

 

The measurements of the Yuba Breadbasket are: 18” wide x 13” deep x 6” tall. This is a bit confounded by the extra bars nearer the bike frame, so the back edge is more like 17.5” x 12.5”, but it wasn’t enough difference that I wanted to bother with trapezoids rather than rectangles. Just make sure to use up your full seam allowance—especially on the back size.
Here’s a look at the fabric selection Stacy and her daughter London settled on. Very lively!
You may want to create a square edge to work with right from the start. (Sorry for the blurry pics!)
Lay out your fabric as thus. I do like to mark the backside of the fabric before cutting with some washable markers. That way I can make sure I’ve done it right: (left side) Main Base piece 30.5″x13.5″, (right side) 2 Sides measuring 18.5″x6.5″
A better view of the layout after one piece of fabric has been cut. Base in the center, sides laid out top and bottom.
You can use the first set as a template for the second set of fabric cuts
All the layers of oil cloth laid out together. I elected to mix fabrics on both the inner and outer part of the liner. You may want to have all one design on the inside, and all one on the outside—whatever works best for you!

Shown Here: The top pieces of fabric are one long side panel of the liner (such as the front or back of the basket). The large middle pieces are the base and the panels that will wrap up the side (saves on cutting and sewing!). The bottom pieces are the other long side panel (again, front or back, since it’s a rectangle).
The view from the reverse of the fabric, pieces all laid out together.
If you are going to add pockets, pick which side panel of fabric will be facing into the basket, closest to the bike. These were your smaller rectangles. For me, it was one of the yellow-striped panels.

In the contrasting fabric, cut the size and shape pockets you’d like, and lay them out on the side panel.

I like a little smaller one with a narrower top for keys so they can’t bounce out easily. I like a little wider one, but still pretty deep, for my phone and/or wallet. You may prefer one bigger pocket, but inevitably gravity wins and your keys end up rubbing against your phone. I recommend separating them.

Stacy expressed interest in a cup holder, so I gave it a shot with a 2” wide strip of fabric that I attached in a circle to the side panel with a nice x-box and two additional side seams to snug it up more. I’m still not confident it will hold coffee as well as a handlebar mounted holder would, but it might be nice to keep a water bottle upright and close by… we’ll have to see how Stacy likes it!

Stacy’s Note: It holds a bottle in view where I need it (that under the legs on the frame thing is not easy for me), but a handle on any open top mug, hooked over the frame, keeps it from tipping, otherwise they need a firm lid, which all our water bottles have.
Now the actual sewing begins!

DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP: You must use a piece of tissue paper (I even used some plain writing paper that was nearby at one point) on the top while sewing your seams, or the bottom and top pieces of fabric will not pull through your presser foot evenly. (Unless you have a walking foot, in which case you’re probably a better seamstress than I am anyway, and you should do what you know how to do!). You do not need the tissue paper when sewing the binding on though—the fabric of the tape functions the same as the tissue paper on the oilcloth.
For each pocket attachment, I sewed a strip of binding tape across the top (and bottom on cup ring only) using a fairly wide, normal length, zig-zag stitch. I then taped each pocket in place on the panel (one would normally pin them in place, but scotch tape actually works better with oil cloth) and sewed them on applique style. (A very short, fairly wide, zig-zag stitch).

Again, the pockets were added to the inside of the back of the basket, closest to the rider. For this example the cup ring is on the stokers right side and the small pocket is in reach of the left side. Adjust your pockets for your best fit.
Using an appliqué stitch to sew the pocket in place–also showing how easy it easy to tear back the tissue paper after sewing
Pocket panel ready to go. Mug not included with liner.
For the base/side liner seams, I used a normal-length straight stitch with a ¼” seam allowance (basically, I kept the edge of the fabric to the edge of the presser foot, and the needle in the middle).

You do not want to use a very short stitch on the oil cloth, because you actually weaken it the more holes you put into it.

This liner only requires two seams (excluding the pockets and binding), but it requires you to work with a sticky fabric that does not pull through your machine evenly, and you also have to turn corners and re-align some stubborn pieces. Be patient. Go slow. Don’t sweat it if the corners don’t work perfectly.

The biggest thing, is to capture all four layers of the oilcloth together and smoothly. Even if that doesn’t work perfectly, you’ll be going back over it again with the binding tape, so your mistakes won’t be completely obvious.
Your beginning corner will be the top of the short side of one of the front/back panels with the top of the long side of the main (base/side) panel. So when you sew, it will be 6” down the short side, Turn the corner of the side panel (your bottom piece will stay flat—this is tricky), 18” down the long side of the front/back panel, turn corner, 6 inches down the other short side. If you measured well, the bottom corners should more or less meet up nicely.

Second verse, same as the first. Sew the other front/back panel as before. Remembering to line up your pockets toward the inside of the basket, with seams toward the outside.
Pockets right side up, phew!
Less than perfect corners, but it works.
At this point, I decided it was a good idea to make sure it was going to fit properly inside the basket. I actually hadn’t used my full ¼” seam allowances, and it made a difference—it was running a little wide—especially on the part of the basket nearest the bike that has some extra reinforcement bars. I went back to the sewing machine and ran around that seam again (the pocket side) a little closer in. Pulling it in just that little bit made a big difference.

So, if you’re finding yours running a bit large (I purposely made mine so the corners stick out the bottom), don’t be afraid to go back and bring your seams in a little bit. You’ll just trim off the excess before adding the binding tape.
Now that we’ve finished the seams, it’s time to attach the binding tape. First, go around and trim along the edge of the seams if needed to make it nice and tidy, and close to the same distance from the seam to the edge of the fabric all the way around.

For attaching the binding, you will no longer need to use the tissue paper, and I use a fairly wide, standard length zigzag stitch. I think if you selected the wider bias tape, you could get away with a straight stitch, but with the narrower tape, it’s really hard to capture all those layers perfectly all the time—the zig-zag does a little better job.

To start, sew the binding on both of the previously sewn seams, sandwiching the seam into the open edge of the tape. Leave the top edge of the liner for the next step. When finished with each seam, trim the edges of the tape close to the top of the open liner (don’t worry about your seams unraveling, they will be sewn down again).
When affixing the binding to the top edges of the open basket liner, you will be simultaneously making the corner ties. Love another short cut!

Overlapping these pieces of bias tap at the corners is a little tricky, and slightly messy, but I found that you get less strain on the oil cloth by doing this as a continuous step.

So, taking ONLY your binding tape, and zig-zag stitch for about 3” (open side of tape to the left). Leaving your needle in the down position, pinning your cloth to the machine, raise your presser foot and slide one of the top corners of the liner into the open edge of the tape. Continue down the length of that side (any side you choose to start with is fine), and when you finish the corner, keep sewing an additional 3” of the tape without the oil cloth edge, creating the ties you will use to attach the liner to the basket. Voila! When finished, you should have two lonely ties and one top edge finished.

Do the same on the OPPOSITE side.
For the remaining two sides, you will be doing just as you did with the first two sides, starting with 3″ of tape exclusive of the liner, than feeding the liner in, but when you join up the tie part of the tape to the liner, be very careful to hold the existing tie as much out of the way as possible. Read the next step before finishing your final stretch of bias tape. When you’re finished the corners will look much like shown above and below.

Almost done! We just need to add six additional ties to keep it all in place. Two on the top edge as shown above. Four along the bottom.

While sewing that last 3″ section of bias tape for your final tie, don’t stop!, continue sewing an additional 3 feet of binding tape with the zigzag stitch. Cut into six, 6” lengths, remembering to leave the 3″ on the liner.

Still using a zig-zag stitch, but shortening the stitch width by about half, attach the center of a 6″ strip to the top edge binding tape (be careful to catch the tape, and not just the oil cloth or you’ll put too much tension on the oil cloth and it will start to tear at this stress point) in the outside center of the long sides.

To lock it down, I sewed my tiny seam forward, backwards, and forward again. I was afraid any more would start to weaken the fabric. Detail image below.

The final step is to add four extra ties to the bottom of the liner to make it more like a snare drum rather than a bass drum while you’re rolling down the road. (That’s a joke…kind of…).

Put the liner in your Breadbasket, turn it over, and mark lightly where the middle of the two bars and the liner meet. Mark the placement of the outer bars as well (not shown in the photo!).

Affix these last four ties to the bottom of the liner. Note that these are sewn directly to the oil cloth (not along any bias tape as on the top edge of the basket in the previous step). I’m hoping they don’t see too much stress and start to pull and create holes in the fabric. Using a nice wide stitch and not overdoing the sewing will help reduce oil cloth stress.
Ready to roll….or rather, ship!

Nicole did an amazing job of detailing the steps to make this liner. I didn’t want to short cut any of her hard work, or leave out anything for the beginning seamster. I was happy to see there were no pins involved, minimal measuring and cutting, and so many bright (nearly blinding) photos to go along with each and every step. We kindly ask you to use this for your own purposes, but not for resale. Give credit where it is due, you would ask for the same.

To see the many uses I have gotten out of this amazing liner and basket combo, check out this post! There have been many more since, including some of these…

Pizza box! PeanutShell lap bar and gloves underneath. Ignore those cute boys on the deck.
Groceries. Large Thirty One insulated tote, on end, and grocery bag full of bread. How appropriate right?
Diaper bag dump.
Fro yo nestled amongst coat and gloves, pre Kidical Mass ride.

Keep up with Nicole on twitter @NicoleFNafziger where she posts her own prideful hauls, including children, tomatoes, and lawn mowers, on their Yuba Mundo and Yuba Boda Boda, complete with stylish and exceptionally function Bread Baskets, fully lined, of course.

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Yuba Bread Basket

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The Bread Basket, fresh from the shipping box. More on that custom liner later (it’s amazing, right?!). I don’t think this basket could do all I ask of it, without that liner.

When Oliver went into the doctor for a diagnosis of hand foot and mouth disease a month or so ago, we got his weight. 32 pounds. The iBert front mount seat limit is 38lbs. We were getting close to that magic number. I’d also noticed his feet were laying on top of the iBert leg bottoms. He was just not fitting as best he could.

I absolutely love having my little boy at my chest. We have the best time. He sleeps on my signaling arm, I can wipe his nose and tuck him in. We hoot and holler at the same sights. It’s special. And it might be, that until you have ridden with your children in front of you, it doesn’t have the same sentiment.

Even when they get older, many family riders report they just like having their children in front the best. My yearning for a box bike with electric assist aside, we put the Peanut Shell back on my cargo bike and ordered a Bread Basket to make up for the cargo space lost by the child seat legs.

The Bread Basket has been very handy. We installed it on Friday morning. The arms of the basket didn’t line up well with the holes in the frame, but with muscle and might, we managed to get it together. Then we put it to good uses all weekend, as well as Monday for meal swap, yesterday for groceries and library books, and today for some wayward fall leaves.

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Inaugural ride to soccer practice Friday night, in a light drizzle/mild rain.

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Brent took two boys to a pumpkin carving event at the AD Lewis center on Sunday. Less cargo under little legs by putting the squash in the basket. Brent mounted my light on the bottom of the basket. It functions well there, but I can’t reach it while riding.
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Large Thirty One insulated market tote was a perfect fit. 12 pieces of glassware full of this week’s meals.
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Two pockets sewn into the liner, perfect for cell phones, keys, garage door opener, and the miscellaneous. One cup holder, that is better suited for a travel mug with handle to slip over the basket side, but keeps my water upright well enough, and with in reach.
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Bringing groceries home via PATH yesterday. Also tossed in our jackets.
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Must have been shopping while hungry. Overloaded the bike (see the bag wrapped on my saddle?). I was also traveling with two guests from warmshowers.org, who kindly took a few extra bags for me as well.
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Library book cart. New Sprocket Podcast sticker as a souvenir of our time with Brock! You should have a listen, and not just to us, his entire show line up is worthy of your laundry folding/lunch packing/tube repairing/weed pulling time.

A Departure (of Huntington, of unemployment, of bikey things)


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Tomorrow (Sunday) I leave for three days, all on my lonesome, for Louisville, KY. There, I hope to meet up with shop owners, merchandisers, and industries leaders. While, my reputation has grown for family cycling, my working background is in non-profit youth services, and my educational/working degree is centered on fine art, I am venturing in a new direction. Did you expect anything less?

Brent has Q&A games he plays with people repeatedly. With children, he loves to ask, “What is your favorite thing in the whole wide world?” or “What do you want to be when you grow up?” He asks the same children time and again, and gets a quick chuckle out of their evolving answers. “Gold.” “A paper airplane.” With me, he often asks “What would you do in that space?” “What would you put in that empty store front?” And my answer is always, “a family-community center.”

My heart and soul have been fixed on developing a resource space for the community. A place where people gather, play, and learn together. A family friendly space that offered up the riches of children’s museums and the freshness of a botanical garden, without the memberships and entrance fees. A center where you could borrow toys, take classes, sip smoothies with your friends, and check out materials that supported a healthier, wiser planet, community, and lifestyle.

Here in Huntington I am choosing to combine my love of community service with retail. Initially I was struggling with advertising, marketing and the general idea of material goods, to which I don’t have a full grasp of understanding and generally avoid. Then I took stock of the things I do purchase. The things I was seeking to bring into my home, during a time in my life where I was cutting back on spending and eliminating multiple layers of clutter (visual, physical, time, emotional). I realized I was purchasing better quality products, that were made from natural materials, could be reused, and were cultivating a healthier future for our family and community. These same products were conversation points with strangers and friends. “Where did you find ____ (pick any: those cloth diapers, that klean kanteen, a cloth pad, your Moby wrap, the kid’s sandwich bags)?”

For our region, the answer is often “online.” The second most common answer, is “this little shop where I ______ (pick one: used to live, visit family, took a vacation, went for the weekend).”

This was an opportunity. This week I finally announced my intentions of organizing a natural family retail-resource. It won’t be a community mecca, but it will be a quaint, family friendly space that has the material needs this community is seeking combined with the educational, social space that will provide fellowship. My intention is to allow the retail side support the services and resources, so they can be offered for free.

Kith & Kin Junction is in the pen and paper stage of development. I have outlined the following pitch and will be presenting my concept at Huddleston Bolen (611 3rd Avenue, Huntington) Wednesday October 17 at noon. Please join us for the Entrepreneurs’ Cafe lunch, and the opportunity to support a project that has the potential to return the investment to the thousands of families and their friends in the Tri-State region. Just being there demonstrates a desire for this store. It will help me connect with you and your needs. Purchasing lunch for $15 will also give you a vote. $5 for your meal, $10 to the winning presenter. Yes, I am asking for your help, and I will be asking again.

Kith & Kin Junction concept:

Kith & Kin Junction is a new business endeavor for the Tri-State region, focused on providing pregnancy and parenting resources to families, providers, educators, and the community. This limited liability company (llc.) retail location supports a strong community service and education component that is currently established through agencies, health care workers, midwives and doulas, art centers, sensory therapist, libraries, referral agencies, child care providers, Success by 6 initiatives, wellness centers, individuals, and parents. The retail shop will carry materials such as breast feeding supplies (bras, covers, pads, pillows, pumps, storage containers), reusable diapering supplies (covers, cloth inserts, wet bags, diaper detergents), natural, sustainable items (glass bottles, stainless steel storage, wood and mineral teethers), reusable menstrual care products, baby wearing merchandise, early literacy education materials, laboring tools, and books. A community room would be made available to all partnering agencies and individuals for play groups, workshops, education, coffee dates, parties, and private classes.

The space anticipates six phases to include:

  1. merchandise, children’s art gallery and community resource publications
  2. rental services (diapers, breast pumps, baby wearing, birthing tubs, balls) and community room
  3. lending library (toys, books, videos)
  4. home consultation and hospital visits (lactation support, bra sizing, community services)
  5. expansion of classes, indoor and outdoor sensory play spaces, pick up and delivery diaper services (by bicycle, of course!)
  6. partnership with a wellness food provider

Every phase will incorporate many established community agencies and resources. The directive is to support the current operations of the community. For example, in phase one, community resource lists will be exhaustive and shared with Tri-State Family magazine and other local publications. Merchandise will be tailored to meet the needs most in demand by providers and families (gathered by attending the numerous support groups in our region, talking to providers and surveying the community). The children’s art gallery will be a professionally finished exhibition of local children creations who participate in any number of classes (Dream Watercolor, Renaissance, Huntington Museum of Art, public and private schools), individuals, and child care providers. The gallery will embellish the site to reflect the children and families who are utilizing services and merchandise.

So, it is with leaving this information to you, that I leave for Louisville tomorrow. I am attending an industry trade show/expo where I will return with sample products and brands, a wealth of knowledge and new relationships. You can follow my progress in this endeavor on Twitter (@KithKinJunction) or Facebook, as my husband just picked out a new black iPhone 4s for me today, and I hooked Kith & Kin Junction up with its own accounts (logo is in beta). I enjoy the behind the scenes stuff, so maybe you do as well.

Bicycling and simple (ahem…we all know it’s not always simple) living family things are still under A Simple Six, and the business will carry its own weight elsewhere. I even registered a domain (currently directs you to Brent’s website) www.kithkinjunction.com. Hope this isn’t too confusing. I think it is appropriate to separate them at their core, but have them intersect where they affect my family and I the most.

Shew, I was so nervous about sharing all this with you today. I am all ears and eyes for suggestions and ideas, anytime.

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Some bikey updates that will read like a sales flyer:
While I am away, Brent is carfree with four kids! He’s getting some help from my dad and our friends.

Brent’s mtb is on loan to friends for the week, and they promised to come borrow my Yuba too.

I ordered a breadbasket for my cargo bike, and the very generous reader Nicole, has taken it upon herself to make a custom liner for the basket. Both will be here later this week, and installed! I can’t wait to show you all, because she is also writing the tutorial for AS6 & Yuba!

Elliot must have grown an inch or two. He rode the 24in bike for the first time this week. It was a big transition for him, not just for size, but this bike has gearing. We did a two mile ride and worked on listening and feeling the shift of the rear derailleur. This may change his life.

Brent’s been off the bike for just over a week now. He had a vasectomy, and despite my pleading with him to let me courier him around on the Yuba deck, I shuttled him about in the van. Made for an interesting week, and some funny posts on Facebook. “Was downtown in the van, couldn’t find parking, drove home and returned on the bike. #truestory” He promised he would write up a blog post about his surgery and how it has affected his bicycle riding. I will hold him to it.

List of bikey things for sale…stop now, unless you want to be solicited to even more than you already have…

If you are in the market for a Bobike Junior seat, ours is for sale. Installed and then never used (bought another Yuba instead). $175, free shipping in the USA. I was going to work up a Craig’s Listing or Ebay post, and might yet.

When the L 29″ GT Korakoram mtb returns next weekend, it is going on the market as well. $500, includes the extra road tires. Again, might get that up on a listing site, but I like you all, and this is easier. Not a thing wrong with it, we just bought another Yuba :)

Oh, and while I am at it, we have a beautiful vintage Olmo that needs a bottom bracket and maybe some other things. If I can figure out enough about it, it’s for sale too. It’s been sitting on the fireplace mantle too long.

Abandoning a Flat

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We have had a lot of seemingly mysterious rear wheel issues with the ownership of our first Yuba (this two Yuba thing could get confusing, we are considering names). When the tire went flat Tuesday, with three boys aboard, I sighed deeply. Was this a related issue? It didn’t really matter. The important things were 1) what are we going to do about it? 2) why does Huntington have such a mosquito problem? It’s a related issue, as I was bitten dozens of times just standing there trying to figure out issue 1.

We were deciding to walk home (less than a mile) when the owner of the home we had locked the bike in front of, opened the door. We knew these people! Their children attended school with ours. How serendipitous! We parked the bike in their living room and carried on home. Brent returned with London, whom we dropped off at violin. He went back to the Yuba with proper tools and discovered a staple in the tire, that was most likely there before, causing both this flat and the previous slow leak.

Small town benefits, flat source found. The perfect October weather was just dessert.

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It is noted, we didn’t carry anything to fix the flat. I gave that up when we are not going far (probably not a great practice), and I wasn’t going to fix it with three children crawling around and with the MOSQUITOES. I didn’t walk the bike home because I didn’t want to damage the rim or the tire further. What would you have done?

Bits of a Bikey Afternoon

Our 30daysofbiking adventure has been more trips around the triangle in pajamas than it has been taking our bikes out to go somewhere. I have always said I don’t really like to ride, just for the sake of riding, anymore than I like to watch TV for the sake of having something to do. Brent’s been at his usual commute, but my trips have been few.

Tonight London was invited to South Side elementary to watch our neighbor in her spring school program. Conveniently, a friend wanted me to look at her iBert installation troubles, and she lived across from the school. Oliver and London took the deck positions on the Yuba and we rode the two miles over to South Side. Brent stayed home with the others.

South Side is the only elementary in the city that has a bicycle rack, so of course I nabbed a photo. They also have an unique feature on their preschool playground, a tricycle track. Should be fun to visit at arrival time some morning. Maybe I will stalk the entrance way and do a bike count after my babysitting position expires.

The bike and the iBert that won't install. We surmised the handle bars need replaced or raised. I look forward to her being able to ride with her son too!

I left London to watch the show, having arranged for her to get a ride home with her friend. Oliver and I hung out with my friends across the way and talked about bicycles, the new local food market, traveling, toddlers, neighbors, gardens, and more. My friends have a front porch, across from a school. It was a sweet sight to watch folks walking home after the program. That’s something we need more of, front porches, and walking.

Oliver and I rode home slowly, talking about this and that and gnawing on our carrots. While I was away Brent installed the new shifter and cable on London’s new-to-her bike. This was the final element to get it on the road. I took it for a spin around our triangle, and when she got home, she did a loop around too.

I requested the smile. We need to do some more adjustments and she requested a basket. We shall see.
Miles Walked: 0 Biked: 16 Bused: 0 Drove: 0 Carpool: 6.8 This week
132.6 1939.2 1176.6 3679.8 243.2 Since August 14, 2011
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