A practical solution

Getting to an airport with a boxed bike, avoiding ridiculously expensive taxi fees, sometimes requires a bit of lateral thinking. My journey to Gatwick will be by train, but on a Sunday it means I have to change trains by commuting between two stations in London. This means a bit of trundling with the heavy box (only to the taxi rank, mind) so to minimise carrying, I have fixed a couple of furniture wheels to the base, in the hope that I’ll be able to pull it along like an oversized suitcase.

The theory is great, and I wonder what Heath Robinson would have said about its simplicity? But of course, its practicality will only be proven by its durability…….will it survive the journey? Platforms and pavements can be unforgiving at times….

The bike is now waiting for it’s no-return journey. After more than 25 years occupying a corner of our garage, it is now off to pastures new…..to a climate that can caress with its warmth, but can also scourge with its tropical rainstorms and hurricanes.

Will it survive another 25 years?

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About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on January 6, 2018, in Cycling Cuba and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. hope the castors stay in place – good idea – lets home it is sufficiently robust. enjoy your trip

  2. First, great idea on the wheels, that’s quite creative. Second, they’ll make that bike live for another four decades in Cuba. They have a funny way of getting the most out of things down there. Safe journeys.

    • It’s 16 years since I last set foot on Cuba, during Fidel’s time…..and that was leading a group of 50 pupils and parents. The much repaired and restored classic American cars that were vital in those days, I suspect are more for the tourists these days.

  3. Haven’t been on WordPress for a while so have missed all your posts and am working my way backwards. Obviously you are off on another adventure. I admire you and look forward to reading about it.

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