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    Car-free move

    Hey guys,

    I am going to attempt my first car-free move this weekend. Its nice b/c I'm moving from the top of a hill to the bottom. I have enlisted a couple friends with bikes to help. We have bikes/racks, but no trailers. I don't have any "big" things, but I do have a couple bulky items. Does anyone have any helpful hints or ideas about things I might be forgetting?

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    A BMX bike, a dolly, and some ingenuity goes a long way.

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    When all else fails, you can sometimes carry stuff or roll it down the street on a dolly, I mean in pedestrian mode without using a bike. Feasible range is a mile or two. I've done that once with long fluorescent lamps, and once with a half size refrigerator. With a helper it would probably work with up to queen size mattresses.

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    I've got a few hints. Have lots of coffee and pastries for your helpers before you start, and lots of food and beer for when it's over. That can make the difference between having fun when you move by bike and everyone feeling like it was a huge drag.

    Have blankets out to cover your stuff before you tie it down. It's not really necessary, but sometimes it can hold a mediocre tie-down job together, plus you don't have to worry about stuff flying off the trailer when you're bombing down that hill. You can never have too many bungees. You can never have too many inner tubes to use as tie-downs. Those bungee cargo nets that they sell are really helpful. They come in 2 sizes: bicycle size and motorcycle size. The bike size is great for bike racks and the motorcycle size for trailers.

    Some kind of radio or iPod set up that can be fastened onto one of the trailers for music makes it all go by quicker. Finally, if you're crossing any intersections where there's a traffic light or stop sign - you may want to seriously consider corking to keep the group from being split up. I don't want to "officially" encourage you to do something illegal, but I've seen situations where I felt it was far less safe to obey the law and be separated than to break the law and remain in a group. If that does happen, smiling, waving, and expressing your heartfelt gratitude to any inconvenienced motorists is strongly encouraged.

    Here's a photo set of a bike move to give you some visuals. Have fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by donnamb View Post
    I've got a few hints. Have lots of coffee and pastries for your helpers before you start, and lots of food and beer for when it's over. That can make the difference between having fun when you move by bike and everyone feeling like it was a huge drag.
    By law, I think you are required to have Chinese food when you move in with your partner, or pizza if you move in with friends.

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    I use an old kid trailer frame with a board across the bottom. It holds 2-4 roughneck totes per trip. I'll post a pic here this weekend so you can see what I'm talking about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    By law, I think you are required to have Chinese food when you move in with your partner, or pizza if you move in with friends.
    Oooh, I'm such a scofflaw. Ex and I had Ethiopian for our move-in.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cosmoline View Post
    I use an old kid trailer frame with a board across the bottom. It holds 2-4 roughneck totes per trip. I'll post a pic here this weekend so you can see what I'm talking about.
    Note to self: First sticky in new forum should be a utility trailer gallery.
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    Ethiopian food, like god, is above the law.

    You can rent a dolly or platform cart at U-Haul or a rental store. Rental store may have other cart options.

    Great excuse to buy a little red wagon, which you can keep using to haul all kinds of things in the futre.
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    Quote Originally Posted by donnamb View Post
    Oooh, I'm such a scofflaw. Ex and I had Ethiopian for our move-in.
    Was it take-away?

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    Naturally.
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    Have lots of coffee and pastries for your helpers before you start, and lots of food and beer for when it's over.
    Just make sure it's over before the first beer is cracked, or else it will be over.

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    Hmmm. Injera.

    For Chinese, I'd move a lover.
    For pizza, I'd move a friend.
    For Ethiopian, I'd move an enemy.
    They told me to wear more lycra, and I said "no, no, no."

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnamb View Post
    Naturally.
    All is good.

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    The move was a huge success! Thanks for the pointers guys and gals.

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    Did you take any pictures?
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    Unfortunately no...I really wanted to get some pictures of all my stuff piled in one room at the old place, then a few of us with stuff strapped in every conceivable place and a final one of everything in its new home...but my camera is broken. I thought of using the phone on my camera about half way through the day and took a few pics...none of which turned out at all

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    Rats.
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