Archive for August, 2003

Canoe Biking Trip a Success

Saturday, August 23rd, 2003

Final pullout

Our canoe biking trip was a success.  Here’s a photo from just after we pulled our boat out in downtown Calgary and started our final bike ride back to Gary’s place.

The full story from our trip is posted at: www.bikeforest.com/canoe. Here’s a video of some of the highlights.

Canoe Trailer

Wednesday, August 6th, 2003

The past couple of days have been a little stressful.  I built my canoe trailer in Ontario without having seen either the canoe or the tandem bike we planned to hitch the trailer to.  I’d designed a custom BOB trailer style hitch to hook onto a standard BOB quick release skewer.  I didn’t realize until I arrived in Calgary that our tandem had an internal hub.  BOB makes special nuts for use with internal hubs, but we couldn’t source any in Calgary.  In the end, we resorted to mounting a stem on the stoker’s seatpost and sliding our BOB quickrelease through a cut down handlebar.  It’s not elegant, but it seems to work.

Modified canoe trailer hitch

We took the trailer out for a test ride up and down a local section of the Bow River and all systems are a go.  We should be good to leave tomorrow.

Canoe trailer test run

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