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record scale weight: 540 lbs

This load represented my record gross weight at the landfill scale: 540 lbs. The net weight of discarded vinyl tile debris was 220 lbs, which means the combination of myself, the bike and trailer weighs more than I realized: 320 lbs.

 

220 pounds is about the maximum that I feel comfortable carrying with this recumbent when I need to go out the landfill.

 

On this trip there was one short-but-steep section of hill that I couldn't pedal up and could barely push the bike up to continue on. Carrying large loads by bike could have serious consequences if you were lose control, only to find that 300 lbs of bike and cargo have started to roll in a direction you

didn't intend.

 

As I'm still new at this, I have sometimes taken a bathroom scale with me to weigh cargo as I'm loading to the trailer, to make sure I don't overload it. While it's nice to know I've set a new record, my intent is to keep the weight with a safe range.

 

For a fun look at cargo hauling, check out the recent related post on my blog:

 

video: carrying 1,000 bananas by bike.

 

You might also enjoy my Bikes as Transportation blog or my other cargo cycling photos to the right. My current cargo-hauling bike is an electric Yuba Mundo. Not only will be better suited to haul this trailer made by Bikes at Work, it's rated to haul 440 lbs of cargo on it's own.

 

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Taken on April 29, 2010