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Transporting 2x4x8ft by bicycle

Old 05-08-16, 01:47 PM
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Transporting 2x4x8ft by bicycle

If you had to go to the hardware store, like Home Depot, how would you bring home long pieces of 2 x 4 by bicycle?
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Old 05-08-16, 01:51 PM
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Seems like something to ask the Utility Cycling crowd (though you will no doubt have some feedback here in LCF).
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Old 05-08-16, 02:26 PM
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Couldn't you arrange to have the lumber delivered?
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Old 05-08-16, 03:05 PM
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Just 4 inches wide and 8 feet long?



My "Holy Grail" is a full sheet of plywood (or 2 or 3), 4'x8'. I think I could snag it with my heavy hauler, but I'd also like to do it with a lightweight trailer.

For just a couple of 8' 2x4s, I'd probably just use my Burley Kid's trailer. I've taken off the top, but left the rear stroller bar. So, tie the front down in the trailer, and let the rear hang over the stroller bar.

I've heard of people who tied the load to their frame and head-tube which is also a possibility. I did bring something home that as awkward that way, but I don't remember what.



I've also considered making a swivel bunk, and tie something like a golf bag wheel to the load.
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Old 05-09-16, 03:25 PM
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I've also considered making a swivel bunk, and tie something like a golf bag wheel to the load.
You'd want to make sure they weren't swivelling wheels as the thing could swing from side to side.
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Old 05-09-16, 03:30 PM
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A canoe/kayak trailer would probably work.


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If it were just one or two you might be able to lash it to the top tube and rack with some bungees. Seen fishing poles this way though they're obviously a lot lighter.
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Old 05-09-16, 03:41 PM
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I didn't know about this. Thank you! Not quite long enough for my Grumman though adding a bar looks easy enough. Interesting it doesn't use the boat itself for structure. In my idle imagination such a thing for my canoe would attach to the gunwale
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Old 05-09-16, 03:55 PM
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I have a trailer that handles lumber okay. It looks similar to this, but the tongue is detachable:



I need to have the local shop that manufactured it make me a longer tongue so I can more easily carry long boards and plywood without having negative tongue weight (too much load behind the axle). I'm usually picking up something heavy like bags of concrete when I get lumber, so it's usually not a problem to counter-balance the load.

If I'm just getting a couple of 8-foot boards, I sometimes either just ride with them on the handlebar and cradled in a hand/under an arm. Since a Home Depot is just three miles of bike path away, it's quite easy to manage.

I just used this trailer last week to transport 500 square feet of hardwood flooring in lengths of two feet to nine feet. That one took two trips owing to the weight (official weight limit of 500 pounds, but I routinely take a bit over 700 pounds without worry).
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I modified a 2-child trailer (purchased cheap on CL) to use as a cargo trailer. Loaded up with 2x4's the rig looks absolutely ridiculous....but it works. On the way home from buying lumber a couple months ago I had little children pointing and laughing as I rode through my neighborhood. That's a sweet memory that I will carry with me as long as I am able.
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Old 05-12-16, 09:55 AM
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Strap it to the top tube, since I do not, as of yet, have a trailer for such endeavors.
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Old 05-12-16, 09:48 PM
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I've moved a 2x2x8 a number of times... same fashion as cliffordk's icon. Bungee cord to the top tube and the rear rack... you might need a red flag because it will be long than the bike.
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Old 05-16-16, 09:39 AM
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Depending on what you need the 2x4(s) for, you could have them cut to spec at the store and then carry them more easily. I have tied them to the top tube before or just carried on over my shoulder. Of course, if you need several and you need the 8ft length intact, you probably need a trailer.

I once saw a bicycle with sidecar on the internet where lumber could be carried parallel to the bike. I thought about building such a sidecar but I think I ended up figuring out I could have the pieces cut to spec or finding some other solution for whatever it was I needed lumber for.
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couldn't you arrange to have the lumber delivered?
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Old 05-16-16, 09:46 AM
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Did you use a crane to unload the statue or did you lift it by hand?

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Old 05-16-16, 11:02 AM
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Did you use a crane to unload the statue or did you lift it by hand?


The plate glass table top was coming home.

I did bring home a chunk of steel that needed a fork lift to load and the tractor to unload.
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Old 05-16-16, 11:07 AM
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The plate glass table top was coming home.

I did bring home a chunk of steel that needed a fork lift to load and the tractor to unload.
Yes, I saw the glass on the trailer but not at first. I first thought BS, then wonder well what it made from, then saw the trailer was still loaded with the glass.
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Old 05-16-16, 11:19 AM
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I think the City of Springfield might miss their statue if I took it home. And, it might be hard to hide going down the road at 1/2 MPH.
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Two skateboards -- one for each end -- and a piece of rope tied off to your downtube. Or, at least, that's how 12-year-old me would do it.
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