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    Transporting pool chairs on my bike

    One of the other forums suggested I ask this question here.

    I just equipped my old Schwinn World with a cargo rack. For the time being, I've bungeed a plastic crate to it for carrying stuff. Here's a link to some pictures:
    http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=...0&h=1&y=q5aurt

    One of the pics has a pool chair in it. I have two of them, and am trying to figure out a good way to take them to the pool without using a car. The pool has a bring-your-own-chair policy, so if you want a chair, you tote it with you. Not life or death, but it's nice to have one. The chairs aren't light, but should be far less than 50lbs together. That's supposed to be the rack limit.

    The distance to the pool is 3/4 of a mile each way on rather flat terrain, which makes driving the car seem that much more silly. The pool also has a secure bike rack beside the building that houses the locker and shower facilities.

    It might be possible to bungee the chairs to the crate somehow, but I'm not quite sure how to do it. I'm hoping someone might do this sort of thing alot on this forum. Any advice would be appreciated.

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    Can you leave the pool chairs at the pool and lock them down? We used to have a community pool that allowed that. There was a fence where people would stack their chairs and run a cable thru them. Other than that how about a folding beach type chair?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wahoonc
    Can you leave the pool chairs at the pool and lock them down? We used to have a community pool that allowed that. There was a fence where people would stack their chairs and run a cable thru them. Other than that how about a folding beach type chair?

    Aaron

    Not sure about leaving the chairs there, but I'll ask this afternoon provided the weather doesn't stop the trip.

    Now, when you talk about a folding beach chair, what do you mean? I have two types of chairs for pool/beach use. One type is what I've heard called an ipanema chair. It's small and well-suited to using at the beach. They're also lightweight. The chairs I'm trying to carry I've heard called chaise longue or lounge. You can lie down on this type of chair. It folds up , though they're not very compact.

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    Bill,
    I was thinking of the smaller style...but I have had smaller "chaise" lounge styles IIRC I got them at a camping store and they were listed as some type of cot that would articulate. Bulky but very light. I do remember they did have a weight restriction of around 200#.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wahoonc
    Bill,
    I was thinking of the smaller style...but I have had smaller "chaise" lounge styles IIRC I got them at a camping store and they were listed as some type of cot that would articulate. Bulky but very light. I do remember they did have a weight restriction of around 200#.

    Aaron
    I'll keep trying to carry the larger chairs, though the smaller ones may end up having to take their place.

    The worst part about the chaise longue chairs we have is the weight. That makes it harder to fasten them on to anything, and I'd imagine the bike would feel a bit unbalanced unless it was rolling.

    That cot you talked about would be good, except that my wife and I are both in Clyde and Athena territory.

    Do you by chance use a FreeRadical or anything like that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamK1974
    I'll keep trying to carry the larger chairs, though the smaller ones may end up having to take their place.

    The worst part about the chaise longue chairs we have is the weight. That makes it harder to fasten them on to anything, and I'd imagine the bike would feel a bit unbalanced unless it was rolling.

    That cot you talked about would be good, except that my wife and I are both in Clyde and Athena territory.

    Do you by chance use a FreeRadical or anything like that?

    -Bill
    Bill,
    I used a Cannodale Bugger trailer for years (how is that for dating myself ) A simple trailer could be your answer too, then you can load up the coolers, beach umbrella.... I don't have the FreeRadical...yet! it is in the planning stages. Right now the next purchase in line is parts for my Club Racer, Rat Rod and a Brompton Folder. Yes I have an addiction then maybe the Xtracycle. Which BTW I intend to use a Stoke monkey on too Right now I am working my butt off to bank enough bucks to be able to downgrade my job to something closer to home and cycle commutable. Currently I work on the road in Construction Management, the money is excellent but the travel and truck requirements suck. The Free Radical would work well for what you are planning. Check out bikerubbish.com for some interesting uses. There is also the Surly model too.

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    Are we talking about chairs like these?:



    If so, how do you manage to overcome the leverage when trying to tie such a long object to your rack?


    Maybe the OP should get a bent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by makeinu
    Are we talking about chairs like these?:



    If so, how do you manage to overcome the leverage when trying to tie such a long object to your rack?


    Maybe the OP should get a bent.
    No, those are what I would call camping chairs. The chairs I'm talking about are like what you would see at a pool. You can lie down flat on them, or angle the top portion up where you can sit up.

    What's a bent?

    I'd like an Xtracycle or FreeRadical, but both prolly cost alot, and a FreeRadical might not work with my current bike size-wise.

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    I really feel we're scrambling to find a safe way to do this BUT it seems the OP has a price point for the chairs.... seems un-answerable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamK1974
    No, those are what I would call camping chairs. The chairs I'm talking about are like what you would see at a pool. You can lie down flat on them, or angle the top portion up where you can sit up.

    What's a bent?
    Recumbent cycle, you sit back and enjoy the ride

    I'd like an Xtracycle or FreeRadical, but both prolly cost alot, and a FreeRadical might not work with my current bike size-wise.
    Depends on the bike, they are pretty universal unless you have something really strange. Price wise, they aren' Walmart cheap but I think they are reasonable. The Free Radical runs around $400 with the basic running $250. The versitility of them is hard to beat. Some people prefer them others prefer trailers. In the OP's case I think probably the best way to go if he can't lock the chairs up at the pool would be to keep and eye out for an inexpensive used kiddy trailer to haul them in. For the distance involved it would be the least expensive and safest way to go. I have seen a couple of the Bell (walmart) trailers for $25 at yard sales.

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    Bike trailer plus bungee. This is at Ocracoke, NC.

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    Looking at the pictures, it might be possible to carry those pool chairs. First, secure the milk crate to the rack using hose clamps or several heavy duty cable ties. Second, mount the folded pool chairs on each side of the milk crate using heavy duty bungy cords provided the chairs are move back away from your legs to avoid hitting them when pedalling. The chairs seems very light that it is possible to load them on the milk crate without problem. It's worth giving it a try before investing on a trailer which could cost you IMO.

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    I didn't mean to make this difficult. It looks like I'm not the first to do something like this, and everyone has a different way of solving the problem. Right now, I'm kind of stuck with having to use what I have, while being able to upgrade my equipment might make this easier.

    The Xtracycle or FreeRadical would be the elegant solution, but being a poor grad student makes it impossible. Maybe when I get out of grad school and get a real job.

    A kiddie trailer might be ok for now. Just have to get used to it.

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    Don't know if this would work, but I'd try laying them flat on top of the milk crate and using bungees cord to secure them to the crate.

    t's hard to solve such puzzles without actually being there. Just try a bunch of stuff and eventually you'll figure it out.

    Why do you have to take two chairs? Presumably for two people. For such a short trip it might be possible for each person to carry his/her own chair in one arm or some such.


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    I've seen people at the beach carry chairs straped to their backs like packpacks. I have not looked close enough to see the actaul strap arraingements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhchdh
    I've seen people at the beach carry chairs straped to their backs like packpacks. I have not looked close enough to see the actaul strap arraingements.
    I did this for years until trailers became available. It is unpleasant, but works for a few miles.

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    And of course, since he's only going 3/4 mile it would be pretty easy to walk or just carry it in your arms on the bike.


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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamK1974
    What's a bent?
    Recumbent bicycle. No need to carry a chair, just park it wherever you want to sit.

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    I just looked at your pictures

    Can you slide a rod through the arms then through the milk crate? one chair on either side. then strap the chairs. maybe threaded rod, so you can use nuts and washers to hold the chairs in place. I would think 2 rods (one front and one back) <through the highest part of the milk crate, would keep the chairs high enough off the ground.

    Or maybe cut one side off the milk crate, and then just let the chairs nestle inside and use a bungee to hold them in.
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