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Old 04-14-19, 12:46 PM
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Ridiculous things you've taken on your bike?

Based on what made me probably the most well known cyclist of the day between the hague and rotterdam for my ridiculous cargo, i'd liek t see the crazy, ridiculuos, or just dumb stuff you have brought on your bikes.

this was unplanned and is for an anniversary collection of a local gallery, while visiting to drop things off was asked if i wanted to participate. rode with this for about 30 km back home

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Old 04-14-19, 12:57 PM
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Nice! that's pretty up there on the comment-worthy (though if you had the whole mannequin somehow got it on a tandem...)

Worst I ever did personally was a computer terminal in college days - it fit in the milk-crate like thing I had, but was heavy enough to make for awkward handling. Then there was the time I went grocery shopping and a box of dried linguini noodles ended up vertical - after enough bumps the end of the box failed and they started falling out through the mesh of the crate.

The other day I saw a guy on the bike path with a rolling office chair on the bars of a share bike.

But this video that has been making the rounds probably takes the cake:
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Old 04-14-19, 01:42 PM
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i've seen fridge commuter, that guy is just amazing. i saw a guy with a one of those picnic tables with integrated bench that fold up on a plain old dutch bike. i was impressed
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Old 04-14-19, 01:51 PM
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With a messenger bag, no trailer: bike wheels, wire bead bike tires, 24 roll packs of toilet paper, brooms, 2x 2.5 gallon water jugs

With a trailer: room air conditioner, patio paving blocks, end table/cabinet, 2x10 lumber, multiple jugs of cat litter, gardening soil, bags of red mulch, blueberry bushes
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Old 04-14-19, 02:06 PM
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Last week my Silca Tattico onboard pump broke while in use. So for a few days I rode with a floor pump on the rear rack.
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Many years ago I brought home a rectangular plate of 1/4" aluminum. 4' X 1.8". ~27 pounds. (6061). Strapped it along the diamond, from the headset back and along the top tube. I only had full steering in one direction. That sheet became the centerboard of the sailboat I raced. Biggest go-fast improvement the boat saw.

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A couple of weber gas grill cast iron grates (30 lb?) from a roadside discard to replace my burning out steel ones. That was on the commute home so I had a full pannier too. Made slow speed maneuvering interesting.
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Old 04-14-19, 04:31 PM
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Riding home recently I came across an old receiver that weighed in at (barely liftable) 78lbs. Although I couldn't ride, I rested it on my old Nishiki's handlebars and wheeled it home where it's currently being restored.
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Old 04-14-19, 08:48 PM
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I found a sleeping bag road-side that had blown off a truck- stuffed in in my jersey. Very Santa Claus-like.

Have carried a bike strapped to a small backpack.
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Old 04-14-19, 08:55 PM
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Microwave oven once, not all that crazy but that's all I've got.
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Old 04-14-19, 08:58 PM
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I hauled a drill press once in a trailer behind my bike.
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Old 04-14-19, 10:34 PM
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27" CRT TV. That was tough.
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Old 04-15-19, 06:08 AM
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Years ago, I lived in Cozumel,Mexico. As everyone knows, you don;t drink the (non-purified) water in Mexico, so everyone buys those big 5 gallon, plastic jugs of purified water. Well, I used to buy my water from a little bodega a few blocks from my apartment, and I would toss that thing up on one shoulder, holding the mouth of it with one hand, and my handlebar with the other. It was ALWAYS a difficult and precarious ride back home, especially taking corners, braking, and/or getting off the bike.
I've also ridden with a scuba tank over a shoulder, which was about as much fun.
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Old 04-15-19, 06:14 AM
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Well, while stationed in Germany back in the mid 80's I used my Peugeot (model unknown) more than my BMW 2000 ti.

Probably the craziest thing was a large component stereo setup from the PX to my barracks across town. Had to take it piece by piece on the rear rack with creative tie downs. That bike took me all over southern Germany, man do I miss it and those days.
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Old 04-15-19, 06:22 AM
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In 2003, I rode the Paris-Brest-Paris ... so I'll blame this on fatigue.

I cycled into Brest and I think I ended up just going to the brevet sign-in area which didn't have much food. Some of my friends appeared then, so I left with them, however about 10 km down the road, I was very hungry so I asked to stop at a small supermarket.

A couple of us went in to get something. I found a sandwich but wanted something else. On a whim, I grabbed a block of Swiss cheese. I don't particularly like Swiss cheese. I have no idea why I chose it.

About 10 km down the road, one of our group flatted, and so I ate the sandwich, but didn't have time to eat the cheese.

And then we got into a great paceline ... and into a rhythm ... and I forgot about the cheese.

When I remembered it, it became like a mascot for me.

My handlebar bag attachment piece broke and I had to offload just about everything into my trunk bag, or throw things out. The only thing holding my handlebar bag on was a small bungie cord which looked like it could give out at any time. I could have thrown out the cheese ... probably should have. But it took pride of place in the handlebar bag!! Just about the only thing in there until right near the end.

The day after I finished the ride, when I was cleaning everything out, there was the cheese. It had accompanied me for the last half of the ride. I threw it out then because I was finished ... I no longer needed to carry it with me.
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Old 04-15-19, 06:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
In 2003, I rode the Paris-Brest-Paris ... so I'll blame this on fatigue.

I cycled into Brest and I think I ended up just going to the brevet sign-in area which didn't have much food. Some of my friends appeared then, so I left with them, however about 10 km down the road, I was very hungry so I asked to stop at a small supermarket.

A couple of us went in to get something. I found a sandwich but wanted something else. On a whim, I grabbed a block of Swiss cheese. I don't particularly like Swiss cheese. I have no idea why I chose it.

About 10 km down the road, one of our group flatted, and so I ate the sandwich, but didn't have time to eat the cheese.

And then we got into a great paceline ... and into a rhythm ... and I forgot about the cheese.

When I remembered it, it became like a mascot for me.

My handlebar bag attachment piece broke and I had to offload just about everything into my trunk bag, or throw things out. The only thing holding my handlebar bag on was a small bungie cord which looked like it could give out at any time. I could have thrown out the cheese ... probably should have. But it took pride of place in the handlebar bag!! Just about the only thing in there until right near the end.

The day after I finished the ride, when I was cleaning everything out, there was the cheese. It had accompanied me for the last half of the ride. I threw it out then because I was finished ... I no longer needed to carry it with me.
this sounds like a weirdly epic tale.
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Two large bundles of firewood while touring. More than once. Picture to follow this evening.
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Fruit bearing Meyer Lemon citrus tree in front handle bar basket. 10' long piece of 4" PVC.
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I strapped a garbage disposal from Home Depot to the trunk rack of mine once. That's the wildest thing I'd ever hauled.

I thought that might be in the running when I saw the thread....until I saw the OP's picture. Now a garbage disposal sounds normal.
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Dorm sized fridge. Bolted a small piece of plywood to my Delta rack and strapped the small fridge on top. I didn't realize how much wider I was and clipped a side view mirror before I even got out of the driveway, but nothing got damaged. When you're young and broke you figure it out or go without!


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Based on what made me probably the most well known cyclist of the day between the hague and rotterdam for my ridiculous cargo, i'd liek t see the crazy, ridiculuos, or just dumb stuff you have brought on your bikes.

this was unplanned and is for an anniversary collection of a local gallery, while visiting to drop things off was asked if i wanted to participate. rode with this for about 30 km back home

your pic is a work of art. I say keep the statue on your bike and post pics with it in various locations. Much better than a gnome.
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It's not me, but I saw this guy last year on my way home:

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I strapped a garbage disposal from Home Depot to the trunk rack of mine once. That's the wildest thing I'd ever hauled.

I thought that might be in the running when I saw the thread....until I saw the OP's picture. Now a garbage disposal sounds normal.
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your pic is a work of art. I say keep the statue on your bike and post pics with it in various locations. Much better than a gnome.
that mannequin has gotta be painted for a gallery show next month, so no can do travelling around with it. i did think about finding a way to have a lil hula girl though
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