I haven’t posted in a while, seems like life keeps getting in the way of….life…. oh well, I will make it up here!
Go get a coffee, this might be a long one!
First on the list…. My MotoACTV Fitness watch, a gift from Mrs MuddyJ, turned into an expensive paper weight….EPIC FAILURE… I was at the SARR Whine Run 5-Miler working a water stop on Labor Day, and I must’ve gotten it too wet…damn thing went into a boot-loop, then started smelling funny cause it overheated… I loved it when it worked, but I guess I should’ve gotten a Garmin.….
The Whine Run on Labor Day was an awesome event to volunteer for. Thing #2 and I handed out ice water soaked sponges to runners as they passed, which made us instant heroes! The event was HUGE, attracting over 1500 runners in all (so I am told, and I believed it!) The course, which I only got to drive down this time, seemed a very challenging hill laden hell… and I spotted another BAREFOOT runner. (Of course I cheered for the bare-footer) Next year I’ll definitely be running this one!
Sorry this one got pushed down to third place, but I am a bit scatter-brained and hurried as I am writing this:
How did you do last month on the fitness challenges? I haven’t even thought about issuing another set of challenges yet, mostly because I failed to attempt ANY of them myself for August. I decided that, with a Tough Mudder, a full Marathon, and a Spartan Beast coming in the next three months, I needed to rehab my injuries more than I needed to push myself to my limits…these events are sure to kick my ass for me! With that said, I would STILL love to hear how YOU DID!
Now for the long one… my latest project…. a DIY Rickshaw for up to 2 Thing’s at a time!
I was browsing facebook last week, and happened upon some photos of Barefoot Ted pulling someone around in a rickshaw. Earlier that day, I took the photo above when I went to pick up Thing’s #2 & #3 from pre-k on my bicycle. It clicked instantly in my mind: I don’t like cycling so much as I like running, but I hate pushing a stroller…. a rickshaw could be the answer! Thank you for the inspiration El Mono!
I quickly made a prototype proof-of-concept to try it out by using zip-ties to attach a pair of 1×2 fir strips to the sides of our In-Step Bicycle trailer… just to see if it was feasible… and IT WAS!Not only was it feasible, but it proved to be a very comfortable and almost effortless way to run with not just one, but two children packed into the back. It was time to make a nice and fully-functioning model.
I drew up a material list in my head for some hardware and headed off to Home Depot for it:
- (4) 1″ Diameter U-bolts
- (4) Halex 1 in. Electrical Metalic Tube
- (2) 10′ length 1″ diameter electrical conduit
- (2) 1″ Diameter 90 degree elbows
- (1) 12′ nylon tie-down strap
I cut the conduit down so that it only sticks out about six inches past the original edge of the bicycle trailer, and used the U-bolts to attach them to the top of the frame (2 per rail). This bicycle trailer used square-stock metal for the frame, so using the u-bolts to attach the conduit worked particularly well. In doing this, I also managed to retain the original functionality of the trailer.
In order to make it portable, I added set screw connectors to the conduit pipes, effectively making it a sectional handle. Currently it requires a screwdriver for assembly and dis-assembly, but I plan on getting some wing-bolts to make it a tool-free job.
I cut the handles down to a manageable (and transportable) length, and as a after-thought, added some elbows to the ends to make it look more like a handle.
The strap goes around my waist and over my shoulders, resting on the back of my neck…this frees my hands/arms for more efficient running- TAKE THAT JOGGING STROLLERS!
I plan on:
- finishing the handles off with a paint-job
- leather wrapping for the hand-grips
- rubber stoppers on the ends of the elbows
- using and old model LBE for the straps, or simply cutting the straps off of an old back-pack to make more comfy straps
- adding a small wheel or skid to the front that will act as a safety to prevent flipping in the event a handle snaps off
Here’s some more photos detailing a complete transport to re-assembly. Bear in mind that this started life as a very transportable bicycle trailer. All I did was conceive the project to modify it into a functional rickshaw.
Worth Mentioning: I took this out for a test run tonight (in my Juaraches) at the SARR Wednesday Night Zoo Run…since I have Three Thing’s and it only seats two at a time, I kept one of them in running rotation the entire time….but Thing #3, (who doesn’t like to run) fell asleep in it after a quarter mile…so that answers the rider comfort questions I may have had….
I promise that I will try to post more frequently in the future, but until then…
Stay Muddy My Friends!