Canoe + Bicycle Shakedown Ride

I hitched up my canoe to my bicycle using the Wicycle Trailer this afternoon to see how it handled on the road.

The canoe-bicycle connection is via a device Wicycle calls the “smart stick” and it turns out to be pretty smart: it mounts to the seat post of the bike and then ties up to the bow line of the canoe in a way that both keeps the canoe from flopping around and allows it to turn freely.

Out on the road, the weight of the canoe felt about the same as pulling a fully loaded trailer of groceries, albeit with more horizontal sway. It seems like a reasonable thing to expect to be able to cycle out to Andrews Pond for a first paddle. And home again.

I already have visions of getting a Brompton folding bicycle that I could carry in the canoe itself, allowing me full intermodality.


Ray's picture
Ray on July 24, 2021 - 06:37 Permalink

Great set up Peter! After an excursion on the water I can picture your canoe trailer laden with packages & groceries.

Ton Zijlstra's picture
Ton Zijlstra on July 24, 2021 - 15:33 Permalink

That looks pretty rad! What's next, a multimodal commute to the Almanac's offices, like that Australian guy's videos?

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Peter Rukavina on July 25, 2021 - 11:49 Permalink

Indeed: I looked at satellite imagery yesterday to see if I could reasonably canoe to our Saturday morning bagel place. There is, in theory, a creek that runs from the harbour to very nearby, but large sections have been paved over and so there would be more portaging than paddling. 

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Paul Capewell on July 24, 2021 - 16:44 Permalink

This is super cool! Like Ton, I feel Beau Miles vibes here.