I have been highly critical of the concept of independent helpers on bikes....and I still am...but I have to say I was pretty impressed with the manner in which my independent helper is being trained. His first day on the bike was last week, and my 52 yr old on-car supervisor showed up with his own bike and actually rode around with the guy for his entire shift to make sure he was properly set up to do the job. The cynical part of me had assumed that the bike concept was dreamed up by someone behind a desk, and that the "training" would be limited to a sup following the poor guy around in a car for a few hours and yelling at him out the window to pedal faster. I'm glad I was wrong about that. Its still a bad idea though, and this next week will be even more of a challenge. The current temp outside is 24 degrees, with 35MPH wind. By the middle of next week, we wont even get above freezing and there is a possibility of snow. I am trying to figure out how the guy will be productive pedalling into a 35MPH headwind while hauling a trailer full of packages and scraping frozen tears and snot off of his face.