Note to Self:

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Things That Can be Carried on a Bike (#430)...and a few comments

A jean jacket, a cell phone, a camera, a small bag of tools, two New York State automobile license plates (more on that later), and four cement blocks. this is pushing the limit with what one can carry on a bike. These blocks, the best I can figure, weigh about 38lbs/17.2kgs each (152lbs/68.9kgs total) felt like more. I know it is claimed that the bike is able to carry more weight--and it likely has--but I'd be lying if I said this wasn't difficult. I've carried bulkier loads than this but this was a bit nerve wracking to say the least. Often on this bike--because of the way it is built--I can't tell the difference or am not aware of a load because it rides the same. Let me just say that I was fully aware that I was hauling a bike full of cement. Thankfully I only had to carry them about a mile-and-a-half.

Urban Simplicity.


Anonymous said...

It would have more comfortable to carry all the blocks on the side rails. Keep the centre of gravity low!

Joe said...

Anonymous...tried it. Wouldn't fit. Would have had to make two trips (which I almost did). It wasn't the center of gravity (balancing was fine) was the weight. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

Anonymous said...

Wow...I envy your legs and lungs,my friend,LOL! I'm glad youddn't have to tour hauling all that weight! Nicely done :)

The DC

Joe George said...

DC...Thanks! I only carried them about a mile...and went just a few mph.