At the end of January, some of the TBAG board members and supporters helped board member Jeremy move house by bicycle. This was our first attempt at something of this nature, and the move was pretty far (6 miles, plus additional miles transporting the trailers), so we used a combination of bicycles plus a pickup truck and a mini-van to get things from one place to another. For this move, we were able to gather up a total of four trailer-type devices, two trailers and a pedicab from the Bike Saviours and one personal trailer.

Getting the trailers ready to go at Bike Saviours

We brought one of the trailers on the pedicab so Jeremy could hitch it up to his bike when we reached his house.

Riding up and over the Curry Hill

Jeremy had a loveseat that needed to be moved, which was heavy and bulky, so we loaded it onto the pedicab. Pedicabs are typically designed to hold up to 600 pounds, so the loveseat wasn’t too much of a problem.

Loading a loveseat on the pedicab

The two other heavy-duty trailers from the Bike Saviours carried shelves, cabinets, and a dresser, all filled with belongings.

Packing the other trailers

The remaining trailer was originally designed to carry children, with a weight limit of 60 pounds, so Scott filled it with (relatively) light, but bulky items, including a Christmas tree.

Christmas Tree and trunk

We also loaded up a Wurlitzer electric piano onto the back of the pedicab. Amazingly, it fit perfectly between the cab’s wheel guards.

The pedicab, loaded and ready to go.

After packing everything up, and making sure everything was well-secured with tie-downs, we were ready to hit the road.

Four trailers, ready to go.

We received a lot of attention as we rode down Indian School Road. It was a beautiful day to be out on a bicycle.

Jeremy enjoys the ride

The loveseat was wide enough that it occupied an entire lane.

Cruising down 40th Street

At last, we reached our destination.

Arrival

The only real hitch we experienced was a flat tire for the pedicab. Although I would not generally recommend continuing to ride on a flat tire, the pedicab was already fully loaded by the time we discovered the flat. We figured the wheel would survive the trip anyway, so we carried on despite the flat. That might explain why I was tired by the time we finished.

Flat!

If you ever want to try moving house by bicycle, get in touch, and we’ll see what we can do to help.

7 Responses to “How to Move House By Bicycle (with photos by Ryan)”
  1. BB says:

    Fantastic.

  2. Jeremy says:

    It was, too! Socks, Ryan, Sam, Scott, & Kent were so cool to help. We all had a great time, believe it or not!

  3. Wow, amazing! Great job! I love my bike, but sometimes I’m seriously limited because it’s so heavy (it’s a 1950′s era cruiser).

  4. How to move by bicycle: Step one: secure a pedicap trailer. Step two: spend an hour picking out thorns from the tires. Step three: …

  5. BB says:

    @Scott or just eliminate most of your stuff. I moved myself by bicycle.

  6. Rebecca Clark says:

    ^Heh, that would certainly work, Ben! But it’s way fun to get help from a bunch of friends, for the more materialistically-inclined. :-)

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