I'm getting back into the swing of things after taking last week off and going on vacation with my family. It's always tough heading back to work after some much needed R&R but the bicycle always seems to work its magic and makes it just a little bit easier. I rode my bike to work four out of five days this week. I drove the car once because I had some boxes and other stuff to transport.
I've been kicking around the idea of buying a cargo trailer to expand my ability to portage bulkier items that just won't fit in my backpack. The other day I had to make a quick run to the grocery store which is only about mile from my house. I had to drive the car because I had to get a gallon jug of milk, orange juice and some other odds and ends. Together it was too much stuff to carry on my back and a cargo trailer attached to my bike would have made it a piece of cake. As far as the car is concerned from a mechanical standpoint I've talked to mechanics who say that an automobile needs to be run a minimum of eight miles just to bring the engine up to normal operating temperature. Driving short trips and shutting the motor off allows harmful and corrosive compounds to build up in the engine that would otherwise be flushed out by a longer period of operation.
I like the idea of a trailer that I can disconnect from the bike and hang on the garage wall when I don't need it as opposed to a big heavy cargo type bike. Earlier this week I got a Nashbar catalog in the mail and I noticed they had their cargo trailer on sale for just over a hundred bucks. Think about it this way: How long does it take to burn through a hundred dollars worth of gas. The reasons to ride more and drive less just keep stacking up.