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What's the oddest thing you've carried on your bike?

Old 09-18-20, 08:52 PM
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What's the oddest thing you've carried on your bike?

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Well.....in Germany back in the mid 80's I brought my stereo from the PX to the barracks on the back rack of my Peugeot. The PX was on a different kaserne then the one I lived on and it was done piece by piece for several trips of a few miles each.

And I have ridden a bike will carrying another....
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A kitten. Fit in a handlebar bag.
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A 4' x 20" plate of 1/4" aluminum (to make a centerboard for my boat). Weighed more than 20 pounds and limited steering a lot. About 5 miles on a Peugeot UO-8. I was 16 years old.
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^^^This, gas and tools to get the POS vehicle going again more than a time or two.

Funny when you pull up on a bike and they ask "where the car", the POS is right here, good thing I had a bike to get here.
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I'm pretty odd.
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This is not what I'd consider the "oddest," but it is what I can document, a Rossin Ghibli on the back of a Trek 2120. Only 10 miles.

Soon I'll be trying an Oru Coast XT kayak on the back of my lime green '72 Super Sport, or my Lotus Odyssey, if I don't find a trailer first. Paddles too.

More recently, after loading up on cat litter and a huge sack of crunchies, lard, spud flakes, tins of tuna for the Murder Hornet Neko, and other groceries, I found a gorgeous wrought iron and solid wood meter tall table, and tied that to the top of everything. I had to shift my weight forward onto the bars to keep the bike from doing a wheelie the four miles home. It was late and the roads were mostly bereft of cars.

Yeah, I really could use a trailer...

I'm thinking an old Burley D'Lite, with a photo of a terrified child pasted in the rear window? (Around here, perhaps the appearance of towing a toddler might make me a little safer? I'll take what I can get.)
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Old 09-18-20, 09:56 PM
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Originally Posted by branko_76 View Post
Must have thrown your balance off just a little.....How heavy was that thing?
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Electric bike...where did you hide the motor?
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Positive lead to right leg, negative to left.........that should step up the cadence a bit....
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Carrying a bike on my bike is pretty routine:

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Carrying a bike on my bike is pretty routine.
How did that Moto ride? Flip it already? Get a good covid price?

The oddest thing I've carried is a 36-spoke wheel with a broken spoke. <rimshot>
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Old 09-18-20, 10:27 PM
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Must have thrown your balance off just a little.....How heavy was that thing?
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Pretty heavy. I could feel the rear stays flex when turning.
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Carrying a folding bike on your touring bike seems easy, I want to see someone doing it the other way around.
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Old 09-18-20, 11:01 PM
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A nurse.

Big mistake. She was really weird.

Lessee... fireworks trash after July 4 redneck celebrations, a couple of times, when they left their crap along the shoulder of a popular cycling route. If I was on my hybrid with rear rack I'd haul as much as I could to the nearest dumpster a mile or so away. In the parking lot of the fireworks dealer where that crap came from.
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Normal bikes are not particularly good at carrying larger loads. When I was in my early 20's I slid off the road in my car and hit a guardrail that was emerging out of the ground. It was a Mazda RX-2 if you wanted to get an idea of the scale. About the same size as a Toyota Corolla. No damage to the body, however, I needed a new McPherson Strut. I rode 10 miles to get to a junkyard that had the strut assembly. I brought rope with me in hopes that I could somehow tie the strut with the spring, spring perch, spindle and all to the rear rack of the bike. After trying all sorts of different ways. I finally settled on tying one end of the rope to top of the spring, by the perch, and the other end to the bottom of the strut where the spindle is located. I then slung the rope over my head with the strut assembly on my back like a big spring loaded messenger bag.

10 mile back home required stops to make adjustments and move the strut to move the sore spot around. I got grease stains on my cycling jacket and jeans. The jeans could become "work on the car" jeans. I washed the cycling jacket by hand to try to remove the grease. As a 20 year old, buying a cycling jacket was a reach in the first place. I didn't want to repeat the purchase. It cleaned up good enough, but still had a dark stain on the back where the pockets are located.

Sorry no pictures. Selfies with Instamatics were not a thing back then. It wasn't a proud moment and 126 film plus developing wasn't free.

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I carried a snare drum bought at a flea market, actually got a bit down the road and decided it was sliding around too much so...since it had a drum key I took both rims and heads off, "wore" the shell by sticking my neck and one arm thru, bungied on the heads and rims, put all the hardware in a pocket. Made it over the GG Bridge and home. No pictures...
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A newborn "geep" (goat or sheep) on Christmas Day 1995 in Sicily. My best friend Paul and I were out on a ride and we heard what sounded like a crying baby. Both of us were like, "Do you hear that?" and we circled back and listened until we zeroed in on the sound coming from a drainage ditch. "It's baby Jesus!" we said. "We need to find baby Jesus!" Then there he/she was, still with an umbilical cord attached. We were like, "We can't leave Geep Jesus out here in a ditch" and looked around and found a small wood crate that we were able to put the newborn geep in which I then just set on the top of the handlebars of my Trek 2300 (That goodness I had a long 150mm stem!) and kind of braced it between by forearms and pinched my elbows in to hold it while we pedaled back towards town. Paul ended up calling someone he knew who said he'd take the geep and add it to his herd.

I have pics somewhere. THAT was kind of a surreal moment when we were hearing what we thought was a crying baby on Christmas morning...
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
How did that Moto ride? Flip it already? Get a good covid price?

The oddest thing I've carried is a 36-spoke wheel with a broken spoke. <rimshot>
That Moto got flipped faster than @gugie reaching for the last piece of bacon.
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Back in high school, a .22 rifle across the handlebars to take care of some ground hogs at another farm.

More recently, a pair of wheels I bought at a garage sale while out riding. I didn't have long enough bungie cords to strap them to my rack, but I did have a couple short ones. I tied a wheel to the drop on each side of the handlebar so they hung down like the ears on a basset hound.
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