I biked 10 miles to get more potting soil the other day (local potting soil mixes sold at Interior Gardens in NE), and it got me thinking about running errands by bicycle (and how strange it was to bike 10 miles to get dirt).
There are a lot of ways to carry stuff on a bike. I see many people using burley trailers (with or without children inside), but without forking out the couple hundred bucks for one of those here is a great list of DIY bike trailers from http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~armb/cycling/trailer.html)
- Bike Trailer Blog DIY list (quite a lot of duplication with this list, wasn't around when I started)
- Community Bike Cart Design
- http://practicalaction.org/docs/technical_information_service/bicycle_trailers.pdf (linked page isn't a PDF, it's now a text page with PDF link on it).
- http://moz.geek.nz/mozbike/build/shoptrailer/index.html (now in a small production run)
- http://howtofixbikes.blogspot.com articles: one, two, three.
- Bikes At Work have trailers which can be customised with your own platform or support on their "spine".
Some load carrying alternatives to trailers:
- Xtracycle An extension that bolts on the back of a standard bike, allowing cargo bags much larger than typical panniers and a "deck" that doubles as a passenger seat. http://www.xtracycle.co.uk is no longer working (was UK distributer), but ISON stock the Surly Big Dummy. Xtracycle now publish the critical dimensions of their bikes as a standardfor anyone who wants to build something compatible.
- Loads Better have a variety of load carrying or heavy duty bikes, including the Xtracycle and (coming soon) the Yuba Mondo.
- The Kona Ute looks like a similar sort of thing to the Yuba.
- Surly Big Dummy, a frame dedicated to taking the Xtracycle accessories without needing the extension piece.
- Stokemonkey is an electric hub motor adapted as a bottom bracket drive for a Xtracycle or similar (it won't fit on a standard bike frame).
- Cargocycle, another extension, which takes a large box.
- 8-Freight, a purpose built bike with load area behind the cyclist.
- http://moz.geek.nz/mozbike/build/binbike/index.html a bike with large load platforms above 20" wheels (built after his long bike cracked).
- WorldBike aims at providing cheap xtrabike-like load carriers and other load-carrying bike technology to developing countries
- A Cargo Bike for Uganda at the Bicycle Design blog
- Project Rwanda and Kona Bike Town also have African bicycle related material (including wooden bikes taking huge loads in Rwanda).
- Practical Action (formerly ITDG) have a bicycles factsheet as well as the trailers one above, which also has designs for load carrying extensions.
- Xtracycle fitted to LWB recumbent, and a Greenspeed load carrying trike
- Homemade (I assume) longtail on Instructables, but no details
- BikeRescue prototype longtail on Velovision
Here are some examples of people carrying ridiculous amounts of stuff on bicycles:
|plumber with an xtracycle http://www.xtracycle.com/|
|people moving using bikes http://tricolour.net/photos/2003/05/10/hpv.html|
|this guy is carrying a washing machine|