Bicycles have many uses. Among the best is the ability to move stuff. In this post, I look at all the ways of how to move things on a bike.
Watching this guy move a mattress reaffirmed that nearly anything can be moved using a bike. Dutch cycling culture confirms that if you think you can, then just do it. Sure it may not be the best way to move something, but it’s a small victory for the bicycle against a moving fee.
Moving things on a back rack
Using a front rack
Tips on how to move things with a front rack
1. Use A double kickstand
The most important factor when moving by bike begins when standing still. I use a Ursus Jumbo kickstand with a 45 cm spread. The wide stance isn’t just useful but practically necessary as it will keep the bike centred and rack straight.
4. Watch the weight
The width of a bike rack is usually shorter than whatever you’re carrying. This works great if you want to move chairs or furniture with legs. But if there will be a lot of overhang with things like boxes and suitcases, pack some heavy stuff to one side. When it’s time to plunk it on the bike, the weight should be flush against both sides of the rack.
Consider a cargo bike
Alternative solutions to moving things on a bike
If you don’t move stuff often, then a cargo bike might be too great of an investment. Consider a bike trailer as an alternative. As with cargo bikes, there are tons of styles available, from dedicated pet trailers to flat beds. The benefit with these trailers is they can easily attach to nearly any bicycle. Many have folding frames that allow for compact storage when not in use.
Rent flatbed cargo bike
Whichever method you choose, moving things on a bike is a practical, cost-effective and sustainable solution. It will also deliver a sense of satisfaction knowing that your choice to use a bike will always result in a win-win situation. Happy riding!
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