While we were camping (that's another post for later, I know I'm behind!), our package arrived from Eugene! It was a difficult wait but at least we were relaxing tranquilly at the beautiful Rancho Cicada Resort in Plymouth.
I got home and immediately started putting the bike together with my dad's help, it was apparent that I this was going to be a bigger job than we were ready for.
After wrenching the frame bolts together, I realized I had made a pretty rotten mistake. Stupid chain.
I called John Boyer at Edible Pedal and set up a time to bring the bike by and have a professional save my sanity. John's our local Bike Friday dealer so if anyone could help me, it'd be him.
Today, I dropped the kids off to play at Nama's house, went back home and loaded up the Mundo.
It was a slow three miles to the bike shop but the HaD was securely strapped on and we rolled over without a hitch. I might not be good at bike building but I'm a whiz at cargo bike loading!
John's shop was busy and I didn't get a chance to pick the HaD until this evening. I still had the Hooptie, pedals, and seat to install. I ordered the Bike Friday half hooptie but that wasn't ready yet and should be shipping next week.
The finishing touch was the pretty pink flag that I picked up at Edible Pedal.
Somehow, I also got lucky enough to bring the HaD over to Edible Pedal on the same day Brian and Monica or Carsick Designs popped over and they were able to make measurements for a new set of mini-Mondo Slings like the wonderful ones we have on our Mundo. Do we get hot pink to match the flag, lime green like the cable housing, or something totally different?
There are still a few things that need to be worked out and this is a prototype cargo bike so I anticipate a few hiccups along the way. However, I also expect this to open many multimodal cargo biking opportunities.