The rules of engagement are simple:
1. Cruise alleyways to find a suitable abandoned couch or other furniture, totaling 300 lbs or less.
2. Tie down acquired furniture to cargo trailer.
3. Proceed to city dump, choosing the flattest route possible. Ride onto the scales and get report of you total weight. Subtract the “tare weight” of the rider, bike and trailer. The final total is your score for the trip.
Steps 1 through 3 may be repeated to raise your total score for the day.
A second rider in bright attire is helpful to function as a flag vehicle, to alert traffic that there is a slow-moving 18 foot pedal-driven couchmobile up ahead.
A skillful flag vehicle may also be help to push the load up a hill, while steering with the other hand.
My total scale weight for this trip: 450. Final weight after subtracting the tare weight: About 150 lbs.
We spotted several more potential prey along the way. There will be plenty of good couch hunting this season.