Here are pictures of our Rhoades Car 4W2PCP quadracycle and the places we have been.
In we built up a good set of photos and added a few new ones in . In early we stopped adding new photos and instead focussed on creating stories that include photos in our Quadracycling in Ottawa on-line diary.
The Victoria Day long weekend means many different things across Canada. For many people it is a gardening weekend, the first that generally guarantees no frost in most places. For many Ottawa cyclists the long weekend marks the first Sunday morning closing of Ottawa's parkways to motor vehicles and opening up to cyclists, skaters, joggers, skateboarders and every other non-motorized means of getting around.
Today was a wonderful morning for the first bike day. It was cool in the morning, but warmed up quickly. As usual we saw lots of people out on the Colonel By Drive and spoke to lots of people about our quadracycle.
Today was a beautiful sunny fall day in Ottawa, with temperatures over 20C. So we took the Rhoades Car and headed to the newest "park" in our area - the Sawmill Creek Constructed Wetland. It is almost a park, but not quite.
Rhoades Car Owner Gordon Koppang sent us the story of switching the "standard" plastic Rhoades Car seat on his 4W1P single seater for something better. We thought we would share his photos with you here.
Today was another gorgeous Sunday and a chance to cycle the Colonel By Drive. The season is growing short and there are only a limited number of Sundays left, so there were lots of people out biking, skating, jogging plus many more ways of getting around.
We ran into some friends whom we had met before out there and also met quite a number of new people who stopped us to ask about the quadracycle.
There were lots of interesting ways of getting around and we took some photos of them.
The things you see and the people you meet on Alcatel-Lucent Bike Sundays in Ottawa!
Today was a great day to be out on the Colonel By Drive for Biking Sunday. Unlike last weekend it didn't rain. Unlike the weekend before that (Canada Day) the event was actually "on" this time and not canceled!
We met lots of great people who stopped us to as about our quadracycle and saw some pretty interesting ways of getting around - as the photos show. The complete story is in our on-line journal.
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Here is a look at an interesting bike - a Quetzal Misterio recumbent with under-seat steering and 105 gears!
The owner, Peter, explains the Quetzal Misterio to us.
There were also cross country skiers on the drive.
And also hand-propelled trikes, too.
We got a close parking spot at the Second Cup on Laurier. The parking spot was too small for a car anyway.
Ruth takes a break on the Colonel By Drive on the way home again.
There were still some Tiger Lilies blooming along the canal.
A view of the canal looking north. This was a rare calm spot on a moderately windy day.
Today we set off on an expedition. We had recently seen the suburb-slagging documentary Radiant City and wanted to see for ourselves what the new housing developments in our city looked like. We decided to head to Riverside South, a development that has been in existence for some time but is currently expanding.
We especially wanted to see the transportation requirements to live there, including whether you can do your shopping near home or have to drive to get groceries. As gas prices continue to climb that will be an issue for remote suburbs like this one.
We thought the quadracycle would be the perfect means to see the area as it gets you right into the scene, rather than just looking at it through a sheet of glass as in a car. It also gives us some exercise and doesn't use any gas!
The trip was 29.7 km total and ended with a grocery shopping trip and coffee at South Keys on the way home.
Ruth has writen an account of the trip and what she saw, which is in the on-line diary.
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Enroute we stopped for a break at the south end of the Ottawa International Airport.
Going early in the morning on a Sunday meant very little traffic.
You know that you are getting close to Riverside South when you see this sign. It sounds rather ominous, doesn't it?
Ruth enjoyed the billboards.
Adam takes a break on North Bluff Road. The name is odd since the area is totally flat. It seems that the developers took some liberties in the naming of the streets to make them sound more attractive.
One of the many sales centers.
More advertising, this time showing interior details, rather than happy customers.
Typical suburban street scene in the completed portion of Riverside South.
New "model house" in a newly completed area. Real houses have driveways instead of flower beds in front of the garage.
The area has two local bus routes that wind through it, although the street layout meant that we passed the same bus a couple of times.
The new area under development. Any resemblance to the Somme will pass in time, I am sure.
Construction materials cached in the area.
Ruth in the under development area. It was bit of a lunar landscape.
Another sales center and another billboard showing happy smiling people of the type they are trying to attract.
After leaving the development we stop in a rural area, just a few blocks away.
Ruth checks out the spray gear.
At South Keys the quadracycle fits nicely in a standard car parking spot.
As usual we answered lots of questions about the vehicle. We seem to do this every time we stop and park!
Today we went out on the Colonel By Drive for Alcatel Bike Sunday. These events run all summer and feature parkways closed to motor vehicles so that they can be taken over by pedalers and skaters from 0900-1300.
We were on the south end of the route by 0907 and the crowds weren't too bad. By 1100 it was getting pretty darn busy out there, as the photos show!
We actually ducked off the route at the north end, cut through the U of O and Ruth went up to Second Cup to get an "Icepresso" (yum yum) frozen coffee drink.
We talked to lots of people - every time we pulled over people wanted to ask about the Rhoades Car. We are getting good at explaining what it is and how it works.
By the time we got home the GPS had clocked us having done 29.1 km - pretty good exercise.
Today I finished installing the cargo deck and the lights and took some photos. The lights are three battery-powered LED units from Mountain Equipment Co-op. The cargo deck is a piece of plywood that I got from Home Depot that was shaped and polyurethaned. It is attached to the frame with tie-wraps and mounted on window stripping foam tape.
After fitting all those pieces I decided to roll the quadracycle out of the garage for a few photos with the three Rubbermaid 68L Roughtote bins that fit on it. The day was so nice and the road was almost dry, that Ruth and I decided to take a spin around the street together. It was a blast! Complete run-down on our on-line journal.
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The plywood cargo deck is fitted with tie-wraps.
One of the two LED tail-lights mounted on the cargo deck just outside the rear bumper.
White LED headlight mounted on the handlebars.
Three Rubbermaid 68 litre (18 US gal) Roughtote bins mounted on the cargo deck and secured with a ratchet tie-down.
Quadracycle profile with bins mounted and strapped down. That is 204 L of combined stowage space.
Front view with three bins mounted. The cargo deck can accommodate one or two bins just as well.
Ruth revs it up the driveway.
Ruth after her short quadracycling trip around the local street - the smile says it all!
Ruth after our brief pedal.
Ruth isn't easily impressed - but she was impressed with our new quadracycle coupe!