"Advantages of a Tony's Trailer:

I used to drive a gas-guzzling van, but for the last three and a half years I have been operating my residential roofing business with mountain bikes and several of Tony's Trailers. Working mainly in my local neighbourhood, I have hauled everything that used to involve a van, with my bikes and trailers instead. These are not cheap mas-produced trailers. They cost more but they will take a beating. Tony is a seasoned pro' at what he does. His workmanship is impeccable. Tony's 72" X 26" "Cargo Trailer" often carries more than five hundred pounds. Balance the load on each side of the axle and make sure there's lots of pressure in the tires.

I have used Tony's "Trayak" to haul a fully-extended 32 ft. ladder with a 38 ft gutter strapped on top of it. Sometimes I have to wait a long time for a pedestrian crossing light, and then, if it's safe, I like to do a donut with the whole long trailer around in the intersection, while the cars wait for the light. At Velopalooza I used it to haul two 32 ft. ladders, one 18" X 5" X 16 ft. aluminum scaffold plank and two laughing teenagers around the part at Strathcona Gardens.

I use the "Journeyman" almost daily for runs to and from the hardware store. The magic is in the wheel and in using higher gears on bigger hills or heavier loads. Until recently, even when working local, this has meant allowing myself more time.

Recently however I added an electric wheel to my bike. In those three years, because I pay in sweat for choosing any hilly routes to my job-sites, I have learned the topography of my city. Now with a boost on the hills from the lithium battery, I can easily travel anywhere in the city in usually the very same average amount of time as anyone else who consumes gas. And the effort I put in now is at my discretion. Many people have reminded me how much wonderful exercise I am getting. I've paid my dues. Thank-you very much. I do a job that involves hefting bundles of shingles. I could use a little less exercise.

I used to spend about $400 a month on gas, $200 a month on maintenance, $100 a month on insurance -- those were some basic predictable expenses. I never have to worry about them anymore. I used to deduct $500 off the top of the gross income from each roofing job for my supplying of equipment and materials. This money was always spent in covering the cost of vehicle expenses. Now that money goes into my jeans. Now I'm being paid that $700 a month to ride my bike at work.

Things are very exciting for me here with the bike-and-trailer system now. "I use one of your trailers or another every day and, with the electric wheel, I just haven't stopped grinning for a month or two." You can quote me on that."

- Johnny Frem Dixon.

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