Hauling a 32 foot ladder by bike
This is Ron's solution for getting a 32 foot ladder home from the store.
The store is only about 2 miles away, and the ladder weighs only about 50
pounds, so using a using 4,000 car seems like a particularly inefficient
solution, assuming Ron had actually found vehicle he could use that was capable
of carrying such a long load.
One alternative would have been to have it delivered by truck for $60, adding
20% to the cost. He could have potentially strappped it to the top of a large
truck or van, which could have involved driving to the van location, driving
the van to the store, driving home, driving back to the van the location, and
driving back home again. The time involved in that process could easily take longer
than just riding to the store and back by bike.
By using this Bikes-at-Work trailer,
Ron was able to efficiently accomplish the task and enjoy a nice ride as well.
Since the ladder was not particularly heavy, it didn't require a great amount
of effort to carry it on the trailer.
The Bikes-at-Work comes in three sections. Extra sections can be left at home
if you don't need them, and the axle location can changed to suit the task at hand.
Here we put the axle all the way at the rear of the 8 foot trailer so that it easily
balances the 16 foot load.