2 Bikes. 2 Bike Carts. 5 Days. Nance Klehm, Jodie Baltazar and A BUNCH of other cool women, plus a few good men. 15,000 liters of waste. THIS was the SOIL GARDEN PROJECT! (And it’s not over! Every other Saturday we will continue…..) Photos by Nance Klehm, Jodie Baltazar, and Jen Knowlton.
Got a bike cart. I’m happy. I have the urge to just drive around and pick up stuff. It was advertised as a “quality model” from Germany. Anything imported from Germany is supposed to be “quality”. But I think this one was probably imported TO Germany first. From China. But hey, it will do. So I can’t barrel over the curbs at 3 mph, but it can very slowly carry 120 liters (30 gal) of dirt without a problem. Maybe even 180 (50 gal) liters. I like how our bikes take up the space of a car. GO AWAY CARS!
I saw a man on the street today. He had this amazing homemade bike cart. This is the kind of guy I need to help me! This spring, I’m keeping my eyes open for these geniuses and maybe I will succeed where before I failed.
You see, last spring I was dreaming about bike carts. I’d be been hauling water, garbage, shovels, and dirt on my bike, tied on with bungy cords, balanced on the handlebars, the back wheel, in baskets. I downloaded a great design that calls for conduit and some welding equipment & set about looking for the parts.
I contacted the anarchist squat, Elba, because I’d heard they had some sort of bike shop. Turns out it was not in operation at the time. So I went to a bike shop called Lowery (Rowery means bicycles in Polish). There I found some carts for sale that were expensive and weak. A person there told me that conduit piping is not used in Poland. What? What do they use instead? Plastic.
Another essential building tool that is not in ordinary shops here is simple lumber, equivalent of 2 x 4′s, 1 x 12′s, and so on. At the hardware stores all you see is a sort of nasty plastic-covered particle board. Sometimes just particle board.
After some research I discovered that if you want that sort of wood you need to find a lumber yard, tartak, it’s called. So I went down there and it was amazing and cheap. You can buy a roomful of sawdust of 5 dollars! Unfortunately they all seem to be located at the farthest edge of the city and only with a car and a lot of patience (traffic here is worse than Los Angeles) can one reach it. Far too far to haul back by bike (cart).
Anyway, this is the sort of cart I want. It looks a little like a chicken cage, there.