record scale weight: 540 lbs

Welcome Bike Snob visitors! 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.


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



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.

  • ライアン·グリーソン 5y

    Is that a homemade trailer? If so any recommendations on a build, I'm looking at doing something very similar soon, but probably won't be hauling with a recumbent.
  • Mark Stosberg PRO 5y

    The trailer is from
  • Coal and Ice PRO 5y

    Darned impressive
  • Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious PRO 5y

    Hey Mark, BSNCY mentioned you by name.
  • Mark Stosberg PRO 5y

    I saw that. Lucky me.
  • dhslammer 5y

    Mark, are you by chance an engineer by profession?
  • Mark Stosberg PRO 5y

    A software engineer.
  • Sam Haraldson PRO 4y

    Been doing a bunch of cargo bike research tonight (a fave pasttime of mine) and have checked a goodly number of your photos this evening, Mark. Just spotted this one and remembered it from when BSNYC featured it. Small world the Internet causes, eh?
  • Mark Stosberg PRO 4y

    "any press is good press"
  • Sam Haraldson PRO 4y

    I think we can safely assume that the Snob holds you in high regard. The more he makes fun of you the more he likes you. He featured me in one of his Friday fun quizzes (when I cargo-hauled a mattress using a Madsen) and it has provided me with laughs ever since.
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