Stacy Bisker, A Simple Six , asked the cargoverse about carrying home a 55-gallon barrel for rain water on a cargo bike. Stacy got a line on a free barrel so long as she picks it up.
No problem. None. Nada.
Stacy and I both have Yuba Mundos so I grabbed my extra water barrel and staged some carrying options. One cargo bike and one ratchet strap is all it took.
This option is likely the one most would use. Put the item right on the back like it was a pick up truck. The benefit of this option is that the barrel is balanced on the bike. The bonus is that my bike looked like it had rocket thrusters. Cool!
This option is likely a close second for options. The Yuba Mundo has many places on which to place items and a multitude of attachment points for straps, ropes, and bungees. This flexibility appeals to riders of Mundos. Mudos also do well with large, awkward, or odd sized/shaped items such as a 55-gallon barrel. Given that the barrel is not full of water, putting it on the running board will not unbalance the bike too much. The benefit of this option is that the barrel was not right behind me when I looked back.
A silly option, but an option nevertheless. A tall enough rider or someone doing the stand-and-ride stride, would have no issues. I had to crane my neck to get a good view of the road over the barrel, but it could be done. The bonus is that it gave me a reason to use the sturdy Bread Basket. It is also likely to be a sight cruising down the road.
Jim Rudenko, on of the many cargo bike riders that I see on Facebook, had these photos to share of his 55-gallon drum carry. Looks like he plans on carrying a kid as well. Way to go, Jim!