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2013 December 14

Boxes to the museum

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The Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz frequently asks its members (and anyone else who gets their newsletter) for items that they need for some family art project.  This month, they said

We’re looking for brown cardboard boxes to build a giant cardboard castle for our upcoming Winterpalooza family festival in January. They can be dropped off at the front desk during museum hours.

I checked whether they were looking for just large cardboard boxes, or whether they wanted all sizes.  They said

We’re currently taking all sizes. Thanks for your message clarifying this. Please drop them off at the front desk when you have a chance. Our hours are Tues-Sun 11-5PM. Fridays open late till 9PM, and closed Mondays.

So yesterday I cleaned out a bunch of the more useless sizes of boxes from our attic and loaded up my larger bike trailer with 50–100 of them:

There are more boxes here than it might appear, since I filled each box with smaller boxes.

There are more boxes here than it might appear, since I filled each box with smaller boxes.
The trailer was made (a long time ago) by John Welch.

A few bungee cords to keep the boxes from blowing away and I was ready to go.  At the museum, I parked my bike in front, unhitched the trailer and wheeled it into the lobby, where they had me unload the boxes.

I should remember to keep an eye on their ongoing wish list also, in case there are other things I’d be glad to get rid of that they have a use for.


  1. To what on your bike does the trailer attach? The handle doesn’t appear to be long enough to reach past the wheel to attack to the seat post or seat tube. Or is that just a sort of optical illusion?

    Comment by J@m3z Aitch — 2013 December 18 @ 06:30 | Reply

    • The arm attaches to the rear triangle, just in front of the wheel axle. The hitch is an old Burley hitch. They’ve stopped using that design, since it can come detached easily if not properly tightened and they were afraid of lawsuits. I like the design, because it requires nothing to be permanently mounted on the bike, but I understand why they discontinued it. The main disadvantage of this design (other than the hazard of it coming loose if not properly tightened) is that you can’t use it if you have disk brakes, a left pannier, or anything else that takes up the space it needs in the left rear triangle.

      I’ve used trailers that have a seat-post hitch, and I don’t like them. 1: my recumbent doesn’t have a seat post. 2: the higher attachment point makes the trailer affect the handling of the bike much more. The ideal attachment point for a trailer to minimize the effect on handling would be the rear-tire contact patch with the ground, but that is not really feasible, and the rear axle is the best feasible connection, which is why most trailers attach there.

      Comment by gasstationwithoutpumps — 2013 December 18 @ 09:06 | Reply

  2. […] week I blogged about the light, but bulky load of boxes I took to the Museum of Art and History in my bike […]

    Pingback by More trailer loads | Gas station without pumps — 2013 December 21 @ 14:25 | Reply

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