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Old 07-21-21, 04:20 AM
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How Much Weight Did You Carry?

I got nailed from the doctor for not drinking enough for yesterdays ride. You see,, I was pulling the trailer (55lbs+ of food) and I didn't bring enough water on this ride and ran out 1/2 way out.. Did anyone put a little too much on their trailer and if so, what was the weight of your load?
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Old 07-21-21, 06:54 AM
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Dare I ask how far you were pulling the groceries?
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Old 07-21-21, 07:36 AM
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When I had twins in my trailer, yeah, that weight was not out of the question
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Old 07-21-21, 09:13 AM
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50lbs of rock salt in the snow and ice.
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Old 07-21-21, 01:11 PM
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Nice editing to the music there BobbyG .
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Old 07-21-21, 01:34 PM
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I didn't know that this topic would be concerning trailers. My current max load has been a 40 lbs bag of cat litter, which I carried in a basket, strapped to the rear rack, high up on a 700c bicycle.
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...but how did the doctor find out?
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Old 07-21-21, 04:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Colorado Kid View Post
I got nailed from the doctor for not drinking enough for yesterdays ride….
You put the lime in the coconut, Harry.

I load 100+ lb. on my flatbed conversion kiddie trailer. Main issue is braking.
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Old 07-22-21, 04:32 AM
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14 miles round trip. Did I mention it was up in the high country? (Hills and more hills.)
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How did the doctor find out? I had a check up that day, after I came back. Blood work made me stand out. I explained it to the nurse, O' she said. (Everyone ride out here.)
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Old 07-24-21, 12:13 PM
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I hauled 50+ lbs of groceries home from the store a few times using panniers in the SoCal heat, but I always refilled my water bottle(s) before leaving the store so I had enough to get home w/o running out.
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Old 07-24-21, 12:41 PM
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I've cut down on my cargo hauling a bit. But...



Mighty Heavy. It had to be separated into 2 loads.

I have a couple of small hills to go over too which are a major pain when pulling a heavy load.

This would have been at a water stop halfway through the ride.

I will admit that I don't go very fast when the bike/trailer combo reaches around 500 lbs.
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Old 07-25-21, 08:48 PM
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wow some of the load you guys tow is incredible. Usually the only thing i tow is my 2 year old. I usually commute to work with a back pack.
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The most I've carried was about 61 pounds, half in a backpack, half in my panniers. My Trek FX hybrid bike can comfortably handle and maneuver with up to 45 or 50lb, but up to 65 was doable.
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Old 07-26-21, 09:54 AM
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In the 80s I pulled a custom cart with the Tandem that weighed around 50lbs empty. We had three children loaded in it and did errands and grocery shopping with it.
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Originally Posted by flangehead View Post
You put the lime in the coconut, Harry.

I load 100+ lb. on my flatbed conversion kiddie trailer. Main issue is braking.
What do you use for a deck?
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Old 07-27-21, 04:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Korina View Post
What do you use for a deck?
The post your trailer thread.
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Old 07-27-21, 05:17 PM
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Nice, thanks.
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I know I towed about 120 lbs of paving stones once. There was a mild hill. I think I once towed about 180 lbs without any hills.
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