Earlier this month I brought home a 15lb bag of dog food on my ‘bent. I could barely tell it was there. I assumed a 30lb bag on the LHT would be fine.
Today after work I went to Feeders Supply and bought the 30lb bag of dog food, and a 20lb bag of cat litter. I put the food on the rear rack along with my other commuting gear. I put the litter on the front rack. I made it about 2 blocks. The bike shimmied and wobbled so bad I didn’t think it was prudent to continue.
I moved the cat litter to the rear rack. So the rear rack was holding 70lbs of pet supplies, plus another 15lbs of other random crap. I don’t know what the capacity of the rack is, but nothing broke.
The bike still shimmied, but it was controllable. I took it slow and easy and made it home. The picture to the right was taken outdoors, because I couldn’t get the bike up the stairs fully loaded like that.
So, I’ve been wanting a Surly Big Dummy, but can’t afford another bike right now. At least now I can justify it: a $2000 dog-food hauler. 🙂