It’s been a little over a year since the Haul a Day arrived. In that time, I have used it for about 350 rides, a total of about 2000 km. Moreover, since it is easy to hang flags and signs on it, it has become my go to bike for advocacy.
photo: K. Nogami
It is a fairly early model, since I bought it as part of Bike Friday’s Kickstarter campaign. Since that time, I’ve seen a more recent model. One of the things I noticed about the newer model was that the kickstand had a built in stop. I was told that Bike Friday could provide a retrofit version. It arrived last week as a warranty item (i.e. free of charge). Stellar customer service.
Getting ready to install it, I took the opportunity to clean up the bike a bit. One of the dirtiest areas areas was around the bottom bracket. This is partially because of the fact that the rear fender doesn’t extend downwards very far since it would otherwise interfere with the kickstand.
Time to improvise. I was inspired by this sight at the grocery store. Is it a sign of obsession when I buy a detergent because the bottle is colour matched with my frame?
Here is the bottle cut up and mounted.
Now the kickstand stop, which will replace the rubber stop that I was using.
The new stop holds the kickstand further away from the foot rails which makes it easier to deploy. It’s all good. Looking forward to many more happy miles (kilometers) on the Haul a Day.
update: note that you have to be a little careful on where you ziptie one of the lower flaps to the chainstay so that it doesn’t interfere with the bungie that keeps the kickstand flipped up.