This weekend’s riding consisted of running errands on the Kona Ute. It was raining lightly much of the day on Saturday, so the fendered Ute was my bike of choice when riding over to Jeff P’s house for a meeting. I don’t have much experience with fenders, so I was surprised when my pant legs were dry when arriving at my destination. People concerned with clean pants, take note!
On Sunday, I needed some long poles for the garden, so the boy and I rode over to Home Depot. I was looking for poles that were at least 6 feet long, a cargo that would be very awkward for an ordinary bike. Along the way, my son said, “This sure would be a waste of gas to drive over here for a few little poles.” I was proud that at 8 years old, he already gets it. I told him I couldn’t agree more!
We found some 6 foot poles, and they bungeed easily onto the bag and cargo deck. My only concern was having my son run into the back of me and getting skewered. I made sure he stayed along side me on the way home. We stopped at Jesse’s on the way back to return (most) of his bungee cords. He had a 7 to 8 foot pole that he didn’t need, so we strapped that on the Ute too. A few of the neighbors were out when we got home, and the Ute sparked up conversation. Among the questions, “You went shopping on your bike?”
I’ve only yet begun to use the Ute to its full potential, but I was pretty pleased with this particular cargo. It was by no means a heavy load, but the awkwardness of it probably would’ve made me drive if I didn’t have the cargo bike.
If you’re looking for more pictures of the Ute in action, a Kona Ute photo group has been started over on Flickr HERE.