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Old 01-18-05, 04:40 PM   #1
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How much weight can I carry?


I'd like to set up a bike as a grocery-getter that's able to carry 4 grocery bags, two in front and two in back. My dream is to take the bike grocery shopping or over to the farmer's market. I was going to use my old Shcwinn LeTour but then I realized that groceries can get pretty heavy and I'm not sure how much weight you can carry on the 27x1.25 tires (they look about the same size as 700x28). I also have an old mountain bike with a rigid fork, would that be a better choice for carrying a lot of weight? I weigh around 185.

I suppose I could post this on the commuting board but I thought people here might have more experience with carrying a lot of stuff.

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I think you'll have better luck with a trailer. You'll be able to haul a lot more stuff.
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for touring I like to use bags, all the compartments make it easy to find what Im looking for, but for your use get a trailer. Not a little BOB or Yak trailer get something like a Burely or Cycletote trailer.
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Old 01-19-05, 04:35 PM   #4
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The schwinn letour has 5/16 and 3/8 mild steel axles the rear one is probably already bent. But you can put two gallons of milk on the front if you don't hot rod. If your mountain bike has quick release axles you can carry 40 lbs on each rack without any trouble.
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