Christmas by Bike

It’s Christmas time which means everyone is dashing about the city with a long list of errands and shopping to do. It also means hauling stuff. It’s easy to think you need a car for the job.

Sure, cars can carry a lot of stuff. When I was a kid I would watch in awe as my dad would artfully fit an impossible amount of stuff into our tiny car.

Christmas by Bike

But bikes can carry a surprising amount of stuff too. It’s just a different sort of space to pack.

After Christmas shopping it might be challenge figure out how to transport everything home. No matter the vehicle, it’s natural to push it’s cargo limits. I turn it into a game to see if I can find a good spot for everything.

Christmas by Bike

Of course to transport all these Christmas gifts home I would have had to buy them first. But I didn’t actually get around to doing my Christmas shopping yet.  I got overwhelmed by the crowded stores and left with only a gift for myself.

Christmas by Bike

But still, when I eventually get around to doing my shopping, I am not afraid of the challenge of getting things home by bike. Someday I hope to even take on a Christmas tree.

Christmas by Bike

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  • miguel December 21, 2011   Reply →

    I actually once took a picture in Amsterdam of a guy riding his bike, carrying a woman on the back, and the woman was carrying a Xmas tree!!! :)

    too bad it was dark, so it’s not so clear.

  • Scruffy Beard Mechanic December 22, 2011   Reply →

    I’ve never tried carrying shoes on my rear rack, but I’ve found out my little Soma front rack seems like it was almost made to fit a six-pack (well, it’s entirely possible it was).

  • AmsterdaMummy December 22, 2011   Reply →

    Am loving this post, as you can tell from my name, you know where I’m from. I ‘mule’ one kid on the front, one of the back, shopping, christmas trees, piece of glass once for a back door, dining chairs then came back for the table – the dutch are great at chucking their unwanted-in-perfect-order furniture for others to collect on route, you name it, i’ve carried it, come rain or shine… look forward to reading more, I love my bike. Here’s me with my kids…

  • surlyseabeae December 3, 2013   Reply →

    Next bike you need is a cargo bike. Love your work! Was so excited to see you in Momentum magazine!

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