The trailer is a steel trailer made by John Welch, using a Burley rear-triangle hitch. It has been used for several unusual loads, including a 25' extension ladder (14' in its shortest form) and a 4-drawer oak filing cabinet weighing 150 pounds. Here I'm shown taking 150 pounds of junk to the recycling center at the City dump. The heaviest load it has been used for is 225 lbs (just over 100 kg) of fruit for Bike-To-Work Day in 1994. The recumbent has been used with a lighter Burley Tourist trailer for a 500-mile tour from Santa Cruz to Los Angeles.
I used to have a Burley d'lite trailer (with the optional stroller conversion kit) for carrying Abraham around. He was several months old before he rode in it, since I couldn't get his first car seat to fit. He switched over to a Trail-A-Bike when he was about 4 years old, and to his own bike when he was about 9 or 10 years old.
I also modified the handlebars on the Ryan to reduce wrist stress, using Stix handlebar extenders and old barcon thumb shifters, instead of the wrist-killing grip shifters. I can now ride with my wrist braces on. The LongBikes Vanguard comes with a rather different handlebar design that includes handlebar extenders. Adjusting them to be at the right angle is a bit difficult, the handlebars as shipped are too wide, and the left-and-right extenders are on the wrong sides, but it is possible to get a comfortable fit for the underseat steering with a little tweaking.
In March 2000, I crashed the Vanguard at high speed. The front wheel slipped off the UCSC bike path at about 50 mph, and I was catapulted sideways off the bike through a juniper tree. I broke three back ribs and ruptured my spleen when I landed, and did not bicycle for about 3 months after the accident (recovering from the splenectomy). The bicycle took very little damage---the only apparent damage was snapping the tie-rod end connecting the steering linkage to the front fork. [Actually, that's not quite true---the frame was a-- bit tweaked and the front fork and front axle were both bent. But the damage was slight enough that I did not replace the fork or the front axle until I did a complete overhaul in 2005, after another 5000 miles or so.]
In 1988, I was part of a group of bicycle activists that created a bike plan for UCSC. Although this plan was never officially adopted, it did help guide bike planning on campus for over a decade.
In 1994, the League of American Bicyclists awarded me the Phyllis W. Harmon Volunteer-of-the-Year Award for service as a bicycle advocate. I am a certified Effective Cycling Instructor, and he was chair of the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission Bicycle Committee for several years. He is (or has been) a member of People Power, the Community Traffic Safety Coalition, the Santa Cruz County Cycling Club, the California Bicycle Safety Coalition, and the International Human-Powered Vehicle Association. He is a life member of the League of American Bicyclists, Adventure Cycling, and American Youth Hostels.
In Spring 1996, I taught a course on Bicycle Transportation Engineering through Cowell College at University of California, Santa Cruz. This course will probably not be offered again, as the students uniformly did a terrible job with their final projects.
In May 2001, the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission gave me a "lifetime achievement" award for my bike advocacy.
I maintain the mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org for Santa Cruz cyclists. To subscribe, visit http://www.soe.ucsc.edu/mailman/listinfo/santa-cruz-bikes or email@example.com with subject "subscribe".
I've started collecting interesting or useful road signs for bicyclists and bicycle activists on a Web site.
For more bike-related sites, try this list.
I was quoted in our local paper, in the
(Note: The Sentinel had deleted the article, so I had to find it with
the Wayback Machine.)
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