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Show Us What You Are Hauling On Your Bike

 
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The "tread Lightly" service today and our bamboo trailer.
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The "tread Lightly" service today.
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The "Tread Lightly" bamboo trailer.
 
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I like and use very much those plastic boxes, as shown in this thread on bikes/trailers. Especially those with a little hole in the corners, as they are better stackable. They are usually used for vegetables and alike in stores and on markets, many are just thrown away so one can be have them for free.

Nice for firewood, I tend to have a few filled near the oven, so no need to walk outside in the middle of the night or while raining to grab some more firewood.

Though I have a bicycle, I don't use it much. It is simply to hilly here to make much fun.
 
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J Grouwstra wrote:In most European countries wild camping is not allowed, I believe Britain and Ireland are among the few countries where you can.
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It depends, in many countries, if not most of European you are allowed to rest one night by law, to restore your capability to drive. Of course none can prove from where you really came. ;-)

This shouldn't matter if you arrive by bicycle, motorbike, car, camper or whatever. Though with some not so big camper (VW Bus or alike) you have generally very little problems to find a nice spot for one night. Though I wouldn't suggest to set up at places in the nature some barbecue and alike camping activities.
 
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nice thread!
all heroes here!
big hug

I will make a picture when harvesting starts.
Have a Dutch bike made here in the Netherlands. The bike has 2 back bike bags on the luggage carrier and I carry an old 80-ies frame 35 liter Rucksack (Sweden LK35) on my bacj. A bike for me is somthing from my age of 5. Unseperable :)
Bikerides, 4 miles up and downhill,  to my garden is a weekly ritual.
 
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We have two types of bike trailers.
The black one shown is about 25 years old. This same same model is still sold and costs around $60 on sale.  The great thing about this one is that the attachment bar is the right height for it to be comfortably pulled by hand so it's often used by itself for moving material around the garden or on the beach when we collect seaweed. The wheels finally rusted out last year so I've now replaced them with wheels from a kids bicycle.

My favorite trailer was made by mounting a wooden flat bed to a child carrier trailer chassis.  It has the original child carrier "hitch" that is secure and easy to connect. It is the main one I use now because it is very stable and can carry longer material.  I have a Sketchup drawing of it if anyone is interested. The long roll I'm carrying in the photo is a swimming pool cover I bought at the used material store, it will be the thermal curtain in my greenhouse.

As far as free camping, you can find 100's of free camp spots in Denmark on the website udinaturen.dk or with the app shelterapp.dk. Many of the places have a small shelter that you can sleep in and some even have water and an outhouse.

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Old purchased trailer
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Trailer with 3 meter long load
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modified child carrier trailer with wooden bed
 
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I've been hauling stuff on bike for a long time (haven't had a car in 10 years), but after moving to Portland and getting a bike trailer, we've really upped our bike-hauling game. The trailer is 2 feet wide and 4 feet long, made by a Portland guy who builds bamboo trailers and bikes.

We also got a Bakfiets-type bike for carrying around new baby, which works well so far. Strap the baby into a car seat strapped into the cargo box, and he's pretty happy about it.

I love to find free things by the road and take them home on bike. I have attached photos of a few of the larger items I have hauled: A door, three bikes in boxes, a stack of 12 foot boards, trees in 10 gallon pots, large plywood boxes, a greenhouse, wood scraps.

I don't have a picture of it, but I recently found a pile of 57 firebricks (which I estimate to weigh ~400 lbs) and carried them home in the cargo bike. Lucky the cargo bike has e-assist or I wouldn't have been able to get it moving with all the bricks in it (and was barely able to keep it upright)
I carry 4x8 sheets of drywall on the trailer (with a crate under them to keep them off the wheels).
Once I built wire mesh high-sides for the trailer and filled it up with goat manure.
Numerous times I have moved futons and furniture. I think the guy who built my trailer advertises by picking up people's free pianos that they're getting rid of.
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Free door from side of road for my shed
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After moving, picked up my other bikes from the train station and brought them home
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trailer is great for hauling loooong items
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trailer is great for hauling tall items
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Free wooden boxes from the side of the road
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took several trips, but brought home a 8'x12' greenhouse
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There are several lumber stores and furniture makers who put out their scraps on my commute
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Baby loves riding around on bike, too!
 
                              
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I have a bikes at work trailer had it for years it has 2 other leaves so I can make it 8ft long but I generally runaround with it short. It was interesting learning my hualing abilities. Like with my new bike I can pull 250lbs up my hill. With a cheap mountain bike 200 is my max. But I can say I have had about 400lbs on it for 75miles this summer. I will load that picture later.
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My little trailer
 
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