View Full Version : Backpacking Rickshaw

02-20-2011, 12:16
I was thinking of changing out my backpack for a rickshaw on the trail!
Think about it...the uphills would be a little difficult but the downhills would be a lot fun if you put hand breaks on the tires.
If you could find someone in towns along the trail to use your rickshaw for shuttling hikers back and forth from the trail...it could be a money maker! At the end of the day you and the town person would simply split the profits. I bet your backpacking rickshaw could pay for your entire trip.
I'm sure I've not thought of all the benefits. I'm sure this idea will revolutionize backpacking forever?

02-20-2011, 20:38
Perhaps this should be in the humor section?
The Monster Stretch Limo 72 (http://california-scootersandtrikes.stores.yahoo.net/bostli60.html) might work - would fit on the trail better -and think of the money you could make after returning from towns with beverages, pizza and ice cream.

02-20-2011, 21:57
im thinking smaller. the haul strap pulls out and two cookpots snap on as wheels and you pull. when the pack is empty, its a seat and folks and supplys can be shuttled. the haul strap could have velcro loops to attatch two long sticks as an option for heavyer loads. the bottom of the sticks would go in pockets sewn inside the wheel attatchment area.

02-21-2011, 09:17
Perhaps this should be in the humor section?


You're absolutely rignht. This should have been in the humor section. My bad. I guess I'll just have to think of something even better to put in the humor section! :rolleyes:

Pedaling Fool
02-21-2011, 09:46
With respect to wheeled contraptions on the AT, the only question is: How much longer will the hike be? Not to mention, how many more headaches?

02-21-2011, 18:12
A friend of mine in China has one. It's fast (painted red) and light (under 100 lbs)
He says that it is a wheely wheely good idea.
he is now thinking of adding a third wheel to put at the front for the downhill bits.
That would be weely,wheely ,wheely good.


02-21-2011, 18:13
And we have a wheener.:)

02-21-2011, 18:16
wheels or no , when you hit the Mahoocus you'll have to carry it anyway.

02-21-2011, 22:36
You're a hunnert years too late...



02-22-2011, 07:09
I don't know about rickshaws, but I'm not giving up my sedan chair.

02-24-2011, 11:06
Reminds me of the story about the vietcong and bicycles. During the Vietnam war, most of the North Vietnamese equipment, almost everything from bags of rice to artillery was moved along jungle trails by backpack or using bicycles. I don't know about a rickshaw, but I often wondered about a mountain bike. I know Mountain bikes are forbidden on 95% of the AT, but to push all your gear up hill, then ride it down hill, and a bike would make trips into town a lot easier.


02-24-2011, 15:28
When I run a marathon I use my car.
I get there faster and don't get all sweaty and tiredthat way.

02-24-2011, 20:38
http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/183837_10150113032208534_503258533_6393939_219353_ n.jpg

Not eggsactly a rickshaw, but might be useful for early thru-hike starts...

02-24-2011, 22:05
A mate is pulling his Paris sled right now in Alaska..

(we made the harness out of an Osprey hip belt)

02-24-2011, 22:56
A mate is pulling his Paris sled right now in Alaska.. (we made the harness out of an Osprey hip belt)

Mine was off an 80's Coleman external frame backpack. Here's more than most people care about how I built this thing: