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Unconventional guitar travel

How do you get around? Do you go by bus, car, or unicycle? In a busy urban environment sometimes it’s good to stand out and be different – out of that list of options I bet the unicycle stuck in your mind! Well I like to travel by bicycle. Getting around on a bike is just one way to stick out in Raleigh, and it’s a cheap, fast, and healthy mode of transport. If it gets people noticing me then it can’t be a bad thing.

One difficulty I have had is how to transport my guitar, song sheets, music stand, cables, pedals, amp, and a spare change of clothes on just two wheels pedaled by me.

With a soft guitar case on short trips I carry my guitar on my back using the case’s shoulder straps.

For longer trips, hard cases, and more equipment I need a bike trailer. We had a bike trailer in the UK that worked well for small errands, but it was too small for a guitar. Most trailers are designed for small children leaving scant space for your instrument. As well as looking out for special cargo trailers an important consideration will be the quality of the trailer. To transport heavy equipment like an amp a sturdy frame and axle are vital. I’m still searching for the best product for my purposes. Taking all my requirements into account I seem to be left with something functional, not at all stylish, and a lot like a golf caddy:

http://flythecyclery.com/product/burley-travoy-trailer-cart-185257-1.htm

Not exactly the kind of image I wanted to portray! Needless to say I’m still hunting for the best means of comfortably transporting my equipment round with me.

One busker I saw in Washington DC carries all kinds on his guitar trailer – now that’s what I’m talking about!

Bicycle and trailer loaded with musical equipment
Guitarist near Du Pont in Washington DC transports lots of his equipment by bicycle.

Bicycle shops in Raleigh

If, like me, you’re looking to buy something cycling related, check out these local bike shops:

, Hillsborough St, Raleigh
, downtown Raleigh
, downtown Raleigh
, Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh
, two locations in Raleigh
, five dealerships in the triangle

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