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 cargo bike, 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.

Strapping the two hundred plus pound couch to the trailer, I got rolling. At that weight, it was granny ring in 3rd and 4th cogs, even 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 decided to 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 as far away.

Why did I do it?

Well, because the bike can…

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