Cycling in and around Birmingham England
Humorous content - show us your pictures - what is the funniest / weirdest thing you have carried on your bike?
A couple of months ago I had to collect this "little" Dinosaur" (without the kid though;) and carry it home along the canal...which was all okay until I've realised I've got a wide load and almost ended up in the drink...
Engineering bricks. From a skip. One a day, in my left hand. 5 miles.
Oh, and a load of knackered SLA batteries from a large UPS. It seems the only way to legitimately dispose of such things in Birmingham is to take them to your local household waste site, which is of course uphill.
They fitted in the panniers fine, and weren't that much worse than a full touring load, but it was notable for the argument with the guy on the gate, who insisted that I couldn't possibly be carrying lead-acid batteries by bicycle.
"What's the weirdest thing you've carried on your bike?"
Me :-) Well someone had to say it!
I've seen my mother's neighbour's brother (how tenuous can you get?) carrying an upright vacuum cleaner on his!
And recently, although not at all difficult but seemed to worry the staff at Wikes, a 5 foot fluorescent tube.
ME I'm pretty weird perched on me bike
Took my crutches back to hospital. Had them after being knocked off my bike and fracturing my hip and pelvis
I regularly cycle back from my allotment with all manner of produce bursting out of my panniers or tied onto the back rack. I've even had my photo taken on more than one occasion.
I also carry a range of other allotment and chicken keeping related accoutrements - 3 watering cans, a roll of water pipe from Wickes, a bale of hay and of course my weekly deliveries of produce to the Warehouse Cafe, topped with a bouquet of flowers for the counter. I've contemplated taking a couple of the chickens to the allotment to help with the weeding but they will not stay on the handlebars.
I once brought home a huge bouquet of flowers. Now, in the spirit of this thread, that was not weird or difficult. What was interesting though, was the effect it had on my fellow road users. I was given loads of respect, lots of very wide passing, much hanging back at junctions and narrow roads, etc etc. It seems that carrying something slightly unusual removes one's normal cloak of invisibility. Much as Kim suggests a recumbent does.
I also find I get more cheeriness when I have flowers and/or a bunch of leeks on the back. Not all flowers are up to be transported by bike though - the petals bruise or get blown off completely from some varieties, just in case you were fancying setting yourself up as a delivery service for Interflora.