Ride of the Dorkmobile

Swell... now I have Wagner played on the kazoo going through my head...

I took advantage of the nice weather (high of 49 F/9 C) to give my homemade bike trailer (described here) a final shakedown cruise. I took a similar trip a few weeks ago, and discovered two critical problems: the mounting hitch rotates on the axle, causing the trailer to bump against the rear tire, and one of the wheels started to loosen. Fixed both of these problems--a few lock washers and counter-tightened nuts should keep the wheels from coming off (oh, if only this was true in life in general).

I'm a bit worried that biking around with a homemade trailer puts me near the dude who pedals the adult-size tricycle down the Mass Ave going, "Oh! oh! oh! oh! oh!" in terms of the likelihood-of-getting-laid-on-a-regular-basis metric. Guess that's a risk I'm just gonna have to take [smirk].

Then again, as I was riding down the bike path, I passed a bunch of little kids (2-3, I'd guess) with their mom. One of them looked at the trailer passing by, and said, "Wow! What a cool bike!" Well, at least I play to the preschool crowd.

Incidentally, I am planning on putting this up as an Instructable. Someday. When I don't feel super-guilty about taking that much time away from thesis.

Anyway, I used this ride to stop by my favorite bakery and the local Indian food store. While browsing vegetables, I came across these guys:

Do any of the foodier-than-me folks know what this is? Google is singularly unhelpful for trying to identify things like this ("strange vegetables"? "Indian vegetables"? "strange Indian vegetable"? "chia gourd"?) They are cucumber-sized things with an almost broccoli-like surface texture; I wonder if they're some type of an external seeded-pod or something.


At 11:28 PM, Blogger j.ho said...

Those astro-turfed cucumbers are actually bitter gourd.

At 7:06 AM, Blogger dan said...

Huh. The bitter melon that D. and I have had before were more knobbly on the surface, not furry...

In any event, cool!

At 11:58 AM, Blogger Christy said...

Yup, a variety of bitter melon. No, I've no clear theory on what to do with them.

Awesome bike trailer- you should paint it shiny metallic purple, though. That makes everything better. And yes, put it up on Instructables.

At 2:46 PM, Anonymous aj said...

Finally, another form of produce-substrate for "google-eyes" stickers! Why should kiwi fruit have all the fun?

At 6:36 AM, Blogger Tuco said...

The dorkmobile looks awesome, which I had one!
P.S. - there is a petition at http://www.gopetition.com/online/10170.html
which asks the federal gov. to promote cycling as a method of transportation. Take a look (and maybe sign!) if you have a second. take care.


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