Using your bicycle as a primary mode of transportation will eventually require you to haul things. Whether it is only a few bags of groceries or even larger cargo, you’ll need to ensure the stability of your load as well as your safety. Knowing what your capacity is will help you prepare-here are some guidelines for staying within your limits.
There is no one particular weight capacity that works for everyone. Several factors will play a role, including your age, fitness level, the type of bike you are riding, and local terrain. If you have other riders or are pulling a trailer, this will affect how heavy your load can be as well.
Long distance cyclists may carry around 100 pounds of gear with them. Mountain and cargo bikes on the other hand are capable of hauling between 300 and 600 pounds over very short distances. Subtract weight when riding uphill or traveling on a standard, recreational bike.
Weight is not the only thing you must be concerned with. Very light loads can also become a safety issue if they impair your vision or cause you to ride in an awkward position.
Improperly secured loads might also come loose and create a traffic hazard. Never try to ride while holding onto cargo, but instead make sure that all items are properly fastened before taking off.
The biggest indicator of load size is how you feel when carrying it. Before heading out, take a short test spin to verify that:
Bicycle injuries are more likely when riders are carrying cargo than at any other time. If you were hauling a load and were subsequently injured, you could need advice from an attorney. Please contact us to discuss your concerns.