Extraordinary Loads on Ordinary Bikes

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This loaded down bike was spotted on a trip to Java. We're not exactly sure where the rider is supposed to sit - though maybe there's a secret entrance to the seat somewhere in there. Photo by cedricvillat

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You can just make out the legs of the boy walking this bike through the field. It's easy to imagine this same scene taken back a generation or two, with a pony at his side rather than a bike. Seems bicycles really are the new beast of burden. Photo by anu.gupta

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For such a big load, this is extraordinarily organized. The rider really knows how to effectively load up their bounty. Photo by jkoshi

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This is some serious cargo carrying happening in an Indian side street. When the top of the pile is bigger than the bottom and nothing is falling off, you know you're a skilled packer. Photo by Rupert Taylor-Price

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We can't figure out how everything is actually staying on this loaded down bike. Seems everything should be spurting out the back, including that spare bike on the top! Might be nice to have a custom trailer, but the rider is happily carrying on. Photo by Sharon Nardo

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The owner of this bike seems nonchalant about their massive cargo load. So used to something this hefty, he's carrying on with just one hand pushing! Photo by Lou in China

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We don't know what is in that gigantic bag, but it must be light because this rider looks pretty easy going with the load. Photo by 27ray

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This fellow in Cambodia seems to be defying gravity with his load of mattresses. Photo by erckdotorg

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Another overloaded bike that leaves us wondering where the rider will sit, it at all. That much fabric on one bike has got to be pretty heavy. It looks like they're moving a full wardrobe. Photo by a_c_c_l

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If you've never seen a dishwasher on a bike, try taking in a whole pile of them! This bicycle is hauling washing machines, dishwashers and other appliances - as many or more as what would fit in a pick-up truck. Photo by slgr

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These riders prove that you don't need a pick-up truck to haul some pretty big loads. In the states, it's hard to imagine someone using anything but a truck for these giant rolls - even a ZAP - but here is a zero-emissions form of transportation that works perfectly! Photo by Jamie Mclellan

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A bike on the freeway?! Well, kind of. This cyclist in Shantu, Guangdong, China is collecting recyclables for extra income. By the size of the load, we agree they're looking in all the right spots! Photo by molliatmari

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Did your eyes boggle for a second when you clicked to this image? These containers spotted in Jaipur, India may be light on weight, but they certainly aren't light on volume! Photo by Don César

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We're amazed at how far off the back of the trailer this load hangs, without so much as a slump! Hats off to the person who loaded this up. Photo by meckleychina

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If we thought that last load was impressive, we're stunned at this bicycle-loade-turned-mobile-hut. It looks like it could make it onto our list of wild and crazy bike designs. Photo by meckleychina

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Here, you can see when a non-human powered vehicle would be quite a boon. This heavy load is one of the most extraordinary we've seen. We can appreciate a motorized vehicle even more when we see the degree of help it can give us - even if it's simply an electric bike. Photo by airpanther