We don't need no steenking cars, cont'd

canoeJim Labbe and friend enjoy a day to, on, and from the Willamette river in Portland. I’ve seen plenty of boats hauled by bikes, but never made the connection that said boats can then carry two bikes and two people! (via the Shift list.)

2 thoughts on “We don't need no steenking cars, cont'd”

  • Bill Manewal

    Thanks for posting these great pictures.

    I found that they say as much about Portland as about Jim Labbe and friend.

    I really enjoy open water sculling but can’t imagine towing a scull through the streets of San Francisco or even South San Francisco in order to get to the Bay. Just too much congestion and incipient road rage for me to consider taking up that much room. I may have to follow you to Portland!

  • Michael Meiser

    Very sweet, Nice towing setup too. Where can I get it?

    Looks like it handles quite well too, hills turns and what not. My only concern would be cross traffic, they see a bike and they’re not expecting another 20 foot or so. Also, it’s low, so not that visible behind a line of parked cars either. Might be good to have the other rider tail a little and put a big tall orange flag on it or something.

    Looks very flexible and scaleable too, wether one rider, or two riders or hell a whole group of riders with boats. I don’t see as how the bikes in the canoe would cause any serious canoe performance issue (what an extra 50 – 60 lbs) or that the boat would cause any huge riding issues. Of course I’m 6’5 and weigh 240 so none of it seems like much to me anyway but it occurs to me you could do a reallly bad-arse cross-country trip with this kind of setup. Long distance road and river. Or just bike up the river and canoe back down. Awesome ideas. Plus you have the google map pedometer to plan it all.


    Might actually work with a row boat, flat bottom river boat, or something of that nature too.

    Some minor points though

    1) you don’t want to be in a congested city

    2) you don’t want either to expensive a bike or boat. I could see a car hitting the boat at a cross walk, or the boat tipping over and the bike going straight to the bottom.

    3) doesn’t work with kayaks (no place to put the bike) or skulling (to unstable in the water)… though If you’re doing kayaking or sculling I’ve seen bikes often used as a rendevous vehicle. You drop the bike and towing gere at the bottom of the river, drive up the river, kayak down, then tow the kayak back up with the bike. It saves a trip with the car. Anyway, just a thought.

    4) how does it handle in the wind?

    Hm…. I’m thinking what if someone made a kayak “trailer” something simple, stremlined, capable of enclosing bike fairly water tight. You’d have to rope the trailer onto the front for whiter water, and still it could be dangerous.

    Orr… something in an expedition kayak (2 seat kayak) that adds a bicycle enclosing hard cover to the second sitting area. That may have interesting positive or negative effects in an eskimo roll.

    Orr.. Someone could just design a kayak to accomidate a bike behind the kayaker or a better yet… just get a folding bike that will fit in the hull through the kayakers seat port behind the kayaker. That’s probably the best bet… but they’d have to be an awefully small wheel diameter.

    Anyway, I think I’m going to go plan some ridiculous adventures now, later.

    -Mike of mmeiser.com/blog

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