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Old 08-23-10, 06:01 PM   #1
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Any deliver newspaper with a bike trailer before?

Everyday, I have to deliver 1000 papers that are in bundles of 50. I heard it can be done with a trailer. Typically, the papers I have are 14 pages, if that helps at all.

I will get home later to weigh the paper and get an estimate on the mass I'm dealing with.
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Old 08-23-10, 07:57 PM   #2
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sure did, about 15 years ago with a lot fewer papers than that... maybe 200 but more than 14 pages. If I remember right, I planned my route so that I had to go back past my house halfway through the route so that I wasnt hauling as many papers.
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Old 08-23-10, 09:14 PM   #3
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I guesstimated the weight of a 14 page paper times 1000. The resulting weight of all the papers would be 125 lbs plus/minus 30 lbs.

I'm no bike expert, but is it plausible to pedal with this much weight. Also what kind of trailer could support this kind of weight?
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Old 08-23-10, 10:16 PM   #4
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I guesstimated the weight of a 14 page paper times 1000. The resulting weight of all the papers would be 125 lbs plus/minus 30 lbs.

I'm no bike expert, but is it plausible to pedal with this much weight. Also what kind of trailer could support this kind of weight?
It will definitely make you stronger! Something like a Flatbed two-wheel, maybe?
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Old 08-23-10, 11:40 PM   #5
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Wow, this brings back memories. I did my route as a kid with my mountain bike. Used a bag during the week, a rack on Saturday (very thin paper). On Sunday the papers were a good two inches thick so I used a single speed with three wire baskets on it. I could only haul like 20 papers at a time, LOL. Good times!

Do some searching on the web, took me 5 seconds to find this one= 100# capacity.

http://www.bicycletrailers.com/Crooz...el-Trailer.pro
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Old 08-24-10, 01:04 AM   #6
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Whoa! A trip on the way back machine! OP must have a huge route with a thousand papers.

I did my route back in the day on my dad's old ten speed with a handlebar mounted basket. Sunday papers made the handling all wonky with the basket full of a street's worth a papers. I never even considered a trailer back then. Good times...
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Congratulations. You have an opportunity to delivery papers..A fair amount of cities no longer have newspapers available every day..
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Old 08-24-10, 02:03 AM   #8
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I'd look at a trailer, heavy duty front basket, and some very heavy duty rear panniers. Put the current street in the basket, and the next two in the panniers, and you should be able to transfer them to the basket when it's empty without getting off the bike. That way you only have to get off and restock after all the on-bike storage is empty.
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Old 08-25-10, 10:14 PM   #9
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my route isn't that huge. I sometimes deliver 100 to just one place. Most of the time, it's a stack of 25 on the stand.

I found a decent bike trailer on craigslist, but it's small. http://www.amazon.com/InStep-Single-.../dp/B002QAZ8WC << one of these
I can only imagine this trailer being able to carry about mmm 200 at a time?

I've thought about putting a hook and wheels on a laundry basket. It's cost effective, and it would provide more space. Any ideas on how to attach wheels to a laundry basket?
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