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    Hauling unusual items.

    Machka had a great idea for a discussion, but since it was buried down in LCF 101 exam questions I thought I'd start it fresh...

    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    Let's keep talking about how we haul unusual items. Have you had to carry anything interesting lately?
    My recent unusual hauls have been less exciting, since I use a bike trailer for larger items these days. Fun recent hauls included: seven patio blocks to finish a project, weighing in at 17 lbs. each, and one haul including peat moss, red mulch, and a bunch of plants.

    Before the trailer, I was really into strapping random objects to the back of my messenger bag. Favorites included bicycle wheels and tires, large packages of papertowels, and pet food.
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    In college I got good at designing needed projects, riding to the lumber store, buying the lumber and having them cut each piece to length and then taking all the boards and assorted hardware home with me, the boards bungied to the bike and the hardware in my backpack.
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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    Most unusual for me was probably a three gallon gas can when a motorist friend ran out of gas on the highway. He called me, I rode a couple miles to the gas station with an empty can and then took the full can to his car a couple miles further. The can seemed insecure bungied to my rack, so I carried it in my hand when it was full (and very heavy!).

    While I was on my bike filling the can at the gas pump, some smart aleck asked me if I got pretty good mileage.


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    Pics, pics, pics.... Or will this thread get moved to the utility cycling sub-forum? I've strapped packages on my rear rack that UPS or Fed-Ex leave at the end of my driveway, to carry them up to my house. I have some pretty long straps that I keep in my locked-to-the-bike pannier. Anything very heavy I doubt I could get up the steepest part though. I usually just walk my bicycle up that part anyway, as it's difficult to get keep the front tire down at the same time as I'm getting enough rear wheel traction to keep moving.
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    It wasn't on a bike, but I did push a upright piano three miles down the bike path to the GoodWill second-hand store last year. I had previously made a small dolly with eight-inch wheels under a wooden frame to move heavy stuff around, which came in quite handy.

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    Few years ago I purchased a barbell set and some dumbbells a total of 385 pounds. It took me several trips to bring everything home. I strapped a few plates, as much as I could on the racks.... bike was unrideable because of the weight and so I walked and pushed the bike home. Unloaded everything and then made few more trips over several days carrying one small load at a time...Bike trailer is not practical for me, because I live in a high rise and have to use an elevator...Next time I need to carry something bulky or heavy I'll rent a car or a truck. Utility riding is not my thing, I am more of a transportational/recreational cyclist.

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    I built a custom cargo bike and trailer for the big and awkward stuff.

    Loaded_407 lbs.JPG Wt_407 lbs.jpg

    Here is a 407 pound plate of steel I brought home for some projects (not done yet). And, no, the road is not entirely flat. I've got 2 moderate hills to go over getting home. About 10 miles total.

    A couple of days ago I took a 10 foot step ladder across town to Mom's house.

    I've also brought home a tandem and another cargo bike on my trailer in separate trips.

    I've had over 100 lbs on the back of the bike... a bit awkward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enigmaT120 View Post
    Anything very heavy I doubt I could get up the steepest part though. I usually just walk my bicycle up that part anyway, as it's difficult to get keep the front tire down at the same time as I'm getting enough rear wheel traction to keep moving.
    One time I borrowed an engine lifting crane from a friend. This wasn't a nice compact hydraulic one, it was a huge steel A frame affair that was about 10-11 feet tall. It towered over the roof of my house. He lived about a mile uphill from me, so getting it to my place wasn't too hard. I walked uphill and slowly guided the crane back downhill.

    After I pulled the engine, I took the hoist back. At first I tried to attach it to my bike so I could ride and pull it uphill and use my gears to make it easier. But no, the hoist didn't move, my rear wheel went up in the air.

    I had to just walk and push. It basically filled the whole passable part of the streets, and I had to be careful not to bump any of the cars parked there. At one point a policeman passed me and I thought I'd have an interesting conversation. But he went on. I think it took me about an hour and a half to get it back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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    I've carried my dog in my backpack. He had a sore paw, my ex was at work with the car. So I got out my big knapsack and got my dog into it. Then I put it on backwards and stood up.

    The dog was delighted. He was getting the "big dog" view and the pack was big enough that he could just put his paws on the lip of the pouch and look out. He loved it until he figured out that I was walking to the vet's. But I was kind enough to take a break at the park across the street from the vet's and let him express himself and then walk into the office under his own power. Afterwards, he got a ride home.
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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    I think I've had a few unusual cargos.
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    a plunger and a mop handle... it's lashed to my top tube.. very discreet.
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