I took the challenge of moving a couch, by bicycle.
It started with my wife’s desire for a new couch, ours was getting pretty, well, not pretty. It was about 10 years old and it was time. She picked one out this winter and we ended up making room in a corner to store the old one. My friend was having a garage sale across town recently, time to get it out of the house.
I designed a heavy trailer for towing behind the Xtracycle, tested it with something lighter, then, planned the big haul.
The couch was an 8’ overstuffed with kickout recliners on both ends. It wasn’t light. Not as heavy as a sleeper, but close.
I strapped the two hundred plus pound couch to the trailer and got rolling. At that weight, I had to use the granny ring in 3rd and 4th cogs on the flat road.
It was a pretty good slog (sorry, the word slog is the best descriptor I can think of). The sale was 7 miles away.
Made it with no problems, even felt I could encourage the sale by offering to deliver it.
It did sell, I did haul it, though twice as far as I had written on the tag (4 more miles slogged). The buyer was a bit surprised.
Would I do it again? Yup. Maybe not over 5 miles though. I crawled up a few short hills with that thought we all have when we are doing something kinda crazy, but made it.
Why did I do it?
Well, because the bike can…