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14501Re: [rootsradicals] Carrying a ladder

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  • kest918@yahoo.com
    Dec 15, 2012
      Thanks, Tone as usual your replies are well thought out and articulated. Mine does not separate but would make life a lot easier if it did. I've strapped this thing on and rolled around the parking lot with it but was hesitant to enter the roadway without a little more experience with it strapped on. Now the second part of my problem is that was some months ago and I've since sold my Big Dummy and am in the process of building an xtracycle. Backwards I know but I needed the cash. So now I have a little more oscillation to deal with. 
       Presently I am in the planning stages of the build. I have an early 90's trek 950 to use as my donor bike and my old Free Rad frame from before the BD. I'm kicking around some ideas to build a "contractor's van" to use for my handyman side work. I don't have vracks or freeloaders and I don't know that I will purchase any just yet. I do have the wideloaders and a homemade long loader. Since most of what I carry is painting and drywall tools I can put those inside milk crates on the other side of the ladder. I'm working out a way to attach a tool box using the h rack ports. This will enable me to store any bungees and locks etc. the things I normally kept in the pockets of my freeloaders. It will also give me a way to utilize the long loader.
       It's a work in progress but I'm having fun with the challenge. Again, thank you all for the replies! Mike

      On Dec 15, 2012, at 1:39 PM, "Tone" <tone@...> wrote:



      I have almost the same exact style ladder. My ladder’s brand name might
      be different, but it definitely looks pretty identical. Personally I
      would probably just try riding with it as an unbalanced load all on one
      side. As I said before, I do carry a 3’ chain as a lock and a messenger
      bag of gear, so I would at least offset the weight a little on the other
      side. The unbalanced load might result in me leaning slightly to one side
      to compensate for the bike’s desire to drift or lean in the direction of
      the weight, but I believe it is manageable.

      Several years ago I picked up an artificial Xmas tree from a manufacturer
      in New Jersey. The box with the three or so dismantled sections was
      almost the size of a gun safe. It weighed about eighty pounds! I did
      manage to tie it off on one side. Fortunately, I also had to buy their 30
      pound base for the tree, so that along with my chain and gear bag helped
      compensate for the imbalance. Admittedly, it was a slow ride back to
      Brooklyn. Instead of taking the PATH train, which would involves lots of
      steps, escalators, and/or tight spaced elevators we decided to take a
      ferry across the Hudson River to Manhattan. It was about two or three
      times the cost, but not having to deal with unloading the box and messing
      with stairs was a life saver. The scenery and fresh air of the bay also
      made it so much more pleasant. After land fall my biggest obstacle
      getting home was going up the arch of one of the East River bridges.

      Back to the topic of your specific ladder load, I do think you have
      another totally reasonable option, which avoids most of the imbalance
      issues. If your ladder is truly like mine, then you can separate the two
      “A” frame sections from each other. According to the Lowes description
      that would be the two “scaffold bases”, as if you intended to rest a
      plank of wood across the two. With those two segments separated and kept
      shut (not folded open like an “A”) you should not have much problem
      putting one on each side. Just make sure to strap it all in good. I would
      imagine having long loaders would help, but I do not think it would be
      absolutely necessary.

      Ride safe,

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