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things we carry

Xtracycle: carries anything and everything ... and more

I’ve seen several other cyclists post pictures and discuss the stuff they carry by bike – especially among my commuter friends.  It’s interesting to see.  The stuff of daily work, laptops, cell phones, keys, locks, cycling caps, spare parts, cameras, snacks, books, Moleskines …  It’s as varied as the bikes they ride.

And I’ve recently been following a couple of very visually interesting sites:  What Do You Carry and Things Organized Neatly.  They’ve made me think about the things I carry every day, and the ways I typically carry all of this stuff I cart around – especially when I’m on my bike.  I always have some bike “emergency” items (multitool, spare tube, levers, etc.) stashed in a small saddle bag – but for my daily-use stuff of every day life, I typically use a Rickshaw bag, a Chrome messenger bag, an Ortleib Back-Roller pannier … or, of course, any bag/purse/tote on my Xtracycle.  They all serve me extremely well, form and function.

my Rickshaw custom poppy bag

my Chrome messenger

the things I carry ... every day

While the contents are not always so neatly organized, I thought I’d lay things out just to see what I carry nearly every day.  It was an interesting exercise.  Here’s the (rather ridiculous) list of the inventory:

  • a snack (today it’s an apple)
  • sunglasses (usually on my head)
  • camera (varies – but today, my 7D with 24-70mm f2.8L and 50mm f1.8)
  • iPad
  • “Wreck This Journal” by Keri Smith (an ongoing project … long story)
  • wallet
  • keys
  • stylus
  • eyeglass cleaning cloth
  • lip balm
  • iPhone
  • reusable shopping bag
  • three Lamy fountain pens (different nibs and ink colors)
  • Moleskine journal/sketchbook
  • journal pen/brush assortment
  • headphones
  • Flapper Girl coffee cozie
  • watercolor field set
  • green tea mints

Sorry, no bacon.  Or beer.  If you have any interesting photos of the things you carry by bike, I’d love to take a look and share them on my blog.  Neatly organized or not.  🙂

#330daysofbiking Day 98: quotidian

quotidian |kwōˈtidēən|adjective [ attrib. ]
1. Of or occurring every day; daily.

ride of the day

Note to self: it is probably not the best idea to undertake a 365-photo project (ShutterCal) and #330daysofbiking project at the same time…

It’s not that I don’t love the daily activity; I love the riding, I love shooting pictures.  But I have to admit that I tend to drive my family crazy with all of this.   Sometimes it’s the stopping for photos while riding, making them wait for me – other times it’s the time I spend at the computer, editing, posting, blogging, tweeting, yadda, yadda.  Yet somehow they always want to see the pictures, or want copies to update their Facebook status (LOL!).   I’ve been told that at least some of them will be glad to see this/these projects come to an end.

I guess I haven’t yet mentioned to them my fascination with the work of Jamie Livingston…?  (hah!)

My friends Stan and Jenn, my photo gurus & mentors, recently posted about 365-projects and Jamie Livingston – an incredible guy who took a polaroid picture each dayfor eighteen years! An incredibly moving collection of photos, every day snapshots covering his life from college, his marriage, and so sadly – to his last day on earth, when he died of cancer at age 41.  That last polaroid is in the collection on the website; I have to admit it was very hard to look at.  As Stan said, he left an incredible legacy … recorded one day at a time.

I don’t look at this riding project or my ShutterCal calendar as anything that exceptional or resembling a legacy project; I just enjoy documenting it, and I think the documenting part “keeps me honest”.  And while I hope to be riding for at least another 18 years, and will likely always carry a camera, I cannot ever fathom doing such an epic project like Jamie did (don’t worry Mark!).  Mostly, I enjoy the bicycle and cycling conversations with friends – and the photo conversations with my ShutterCal pals.  I have learned so much from so many; it’s all about the sharing.  I definitely receive more than I give.

So today was a road ride on my own … I usually don’t have to worry about driving myself crazy by stopping so often. 😉

our pond; hard to believe there were thunderstorms rolling through only hours earlier