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My first bike move

Posted by on November 27th, 2005 at 3:48 pm

Elicia's bike move

After hearing about them for months I finally got a chance to partake in a bike move. Me and 20 or so others helped a friend move her stuff about a mile across town.

The day started with nice chit chat over pastries (donated by Grand Central Bakery!) and coffee . We then loaded our baskets, panniers, and trailers with stuff. Lamps, books, stereos, a wok, bookshelves, dressers, you name it, we loaded it.

Elicia's bike move

It was great to watch the veteran bike movers pack up their trailers with heavy and bulky cargo. I noticed inner tubes were the preferred strapping device.

Tom showed up with a new Cycle-Truck converted Specialized he just bought from NoPo Bikeworks. And there was a courier who pulled a super heavy load with a fixed gear!

We ended up accomplishing the entire mission in under 2 hours!…which left plenty of time for wine and pizza…mmmm.

Check out my bike move photo gallery…and for more bike move fun, check out Todd’s photos and movies and of course don’t forget Clarence’s Bike Move-ie at BikeTV.

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  • Fritz November 27, 2005 at 8:02 pm

    She’s not super-heavy, but I pulled my daughter on her trailer-bike 10 miles across town and back on my fixed gear. Once. I *was* able to get some help from her on the hills.

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  • el timito November 27, 2005 at 8:10 pm

    Aww, I’m sorry I wasn’t able to be there. It looks like super fun.
    But at least my trailer was able to be there and have fun without me! (and it wasn’t adultery because I only married my bike, not my trailer)

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  • Ayleen November 27, 2005 at 8:59 pm

    I didn’t realize it was your first bike move, Jonathan. I’m glad you made it out. After the Mega Move of West K. (from NE 72nd and Sandy to W. Burnside and 23rd), today’s ride seemed, oh, I don’t know….. easy.

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  • […] This wasn’t my first bike move, but it seemed like more trailers than usual showed up. Tom – a true cargo-bike aficionado – unveiled his bomber new trailer and broke it in with a full-sized stove! Already loaded with the stove I walked by and set a dresser on it as a joke and Tom said, “go head, it fits!” Crazy. […]

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  • Julien Myette February 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Wow, when I began doing bike moves in 2008 I figured I was the first one to have this silly idea, but clearly I was wrong! I’m still doing bike moves after 3 years and just wrote a guide where I share some tips: http://www.demenagementmyette.ca/bike-move-howto/. Hope it helps make bike moves more and more popular.

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