# How to move a bicycle by bicycle

I need to move two bicycles from work to home. The route is 5 miles long and car free. My only means of transport is to ride one of the bicycles so my question is this: What is the safest way to get both bikes from work to home in one journey? (without some kind of trailer)

The bikes are a Carrera Virtuoso and a Scott Yecora (dropped handlebars)

• Note that depending on the city and country, you may be stopped by the police and asked for proof of purchase, ownership, or registration. Sadly this would never happen where I live in the USA. Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 23:30
• 5 miles is a pretty short walk, just cycle bike A, walk back and cycle bike B
– JMK
Commented Aug 23, 2014 at 16:40
• I am surprised, here in the Netherlands you would see people 'riding' two bikes really often (as in, at least once a month). Just pulling one as described in some of the answers. Carrying it as a backpack, walking with two bikes and lifting bikes halfway up however I have never seen. Commented Aug 24, 2014 at 17:20
• Use lengths of 2 x 4 and gaffer tape to join the frames toegether. Sit on the 2 x 4 joining the toptubes together and dangle legs between the frames pedalling the left pedal of the right bike and the right pedal of the left bike. Hold the left bar of right bike in right hand, hold the right bar of the left bike in left hand. You now have one front and one rear brake - but be careful as they're on opposite corners. And try not to steer in two different directions at the same time. I've done this loads of times. Commented Aug 28, 2015 at 11:51

Walk :) Safest.

I do this from time to time (usually when one of the kids have 'forgotten' their bike), and find it easiest to do as pr above, but with a little variation.

1. If the transported bike is lightweight and otherwise allows it, simply 'wear' it as a backpack, putting your arm through the big triangle. Once it's on, you can determine if it will Work. Did this once with a racing bike at 7,5Kg.

2. As the other answers, except I grab the center of the handlebar with palm forward, and then lift the front Wheel of the bike. This allows me to sit on my own bike more comfortably, and balance is way better since the transported bike doesn't try to steer.

• I went for option 1 but I had a bungee so I took off the wheels, bungeed them to the frame then used the bungee as a strap and wore the whole thing like a shoulder bag. I got both bikes home successfully but by the time I'd gotten past the 3rd mile my right arm was numb and I definitely would not want to attempt this uphill. Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 11:33
• i.imgur.com/2zgGNsM.jpg Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 11:46
• I find the opposite - it's better to lean on the second bike so you can "track stand" and the second front wheel doesn't lift up and flick into my front wheel. A bit of weight makes it more stable.
– Móż
Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 11:50
• Second the tie-bike-to-backpack method. Works for fairly long distance moving too.
– user13529
Commented Aug 24, 2014 at 23:11
• I will add that although I carried my bike on my back, I didn't tie it to a backpack I had to loop the bungee over my right shoulder and under my left arm which meant that it dug into my right shoulder causing it to go numb after a few miles. If I did this again I'd get a piece of foam or something to pad out the strap on my shoulder and spread the pressure. Commented Aug 25, 2014 at 19:58

If one bike has a rear rack, you can attach the second bike's front wheel with a bunch of bungies and tow it. I've done this, and it worked fine.

Now I have a cargo bike, and the towing is simpler:

• +1 for an awesome idea but I haven't accepted this answer because neither of my bikes have racks. If this was an option for me I'd definately prefer this. Commented Aug 25, 2014 at 20:15
• When I was a kid it was common to create a "tandem" by taking the front wheel off of one bike and attaching the front fork to the rear axle of the other bike. Yes, this required spreading the fork a bit, but it seemed to cause no damage to the old single-speed BSOs we rode. (Might not work as well with a derailleur bike.) Commented Aug 28, 2015 at 12:55
• I note your towed bike has no cranks. Would make for an interesting moment should the crank interfere with the tractor's rear wheel when turning!
– Criggie
Commented Jan 28, 2017 at 22:05
• @Criggie, that's easy enough to solve with a bungie cord. Commented Feb 1, 2017 at 16:22
• I tried this yesterday, a 26" MTB with its front wheel strapped to the rack of a 20" It was not a success because the rear bike flopped sideways easily. I could not strap it to the side as per picture, because a 20" bike has shorter stays and the towed bike's front wheel had just over half a wheel overlap before interfering with the pedals.
– Criggie
Commented Feb 1, 2017 at 20:11

If you are reasonably firm at riding one-handed, you can drive them home by riding one of them while pushing/pulling the other one beside you with one hand.

Let's assume that the bike you will ride is called A and the one you push/pull is B.

First decide, which bike is better to be ridden and therefore will be your bike A and which hand is better to get freed to steer bike B. Which hand is better will depend on if you will need to change gears and how your brakes are arranged on the handle bars. Then lean bike B somewhere, e.g. to a tree or wall – putting it on its stand is not so good as it might get complicated to get the stand folded in later. Also make sure to lean it on with the correct side, depending on your choice of which hand you want to use to steer it. Finally mount bike A and place yourself on the bike beside B.

Now grab either the stem or the center of the handlebar (where it is held by the stem) of bike B, such that you have some steering control over the handlebar if you twist your wrist.

The most complicated part in this is starting as you will have some wobbly moments on the start and you have to take care not to interfere with the handlebars of both bikes. Having drop bars (as in your case) will make things a bit easier in terms of interference as they are not that wide and it is easier to keep both bikes separated. Also you have to take care to not lean onto the wrong bike, as putting your weight on bike B will make it go somewhere more or less unpredictable and you're quite likely to crash. So only put your weight onto bike A's handle bar.

Once you have the whole train running, this arrangement is quite fine (albeit a bit clumsy) as long as you don't have to cope with too much traffic (which is given in your case). However, 5 miles is some piece to ride this way so expect to be somewhat slower than normal and plan to do some pauses on your way as you won't have a very relaxed riding position.

• Often the lower bike is the better one, so you can put your feet down more easily without letting go of either set of handlebars. Otherwise you need a wall or something to lean the second bike on.
– Móż
Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 11:51
• I've done this many times with a variety of bikes. I find that the easiest is to ride a fixie and push/pull a second bike. This way you don't have to worry about using your hands for the brakes. Also, if you lift the front tire of the bike you're push/pulling off the ground, the whole thing is easier to steer. The catch is that your arm gets tired. Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 16:07
• We do it very often in the villages in India. Just keep the speed low to avoid problems. Commented Aug 22, 2014 at 8:04
• Also works with tall bikes moz.geek.nz/mozbike/see/misc/2001/2tall2.jpg
– Móż
Commented Aug 28, 2015 at 2:10
• I've seen people do this in Germany and Switzerland. I don't think I'm personally coordinated enough to pull it off, but it can be done. Commented Apr 10, 2019 at 16:14

One possible way is to ride one bike and push the other. One hand goes to handlebars and front brake, the other grips the second bike by the handlebar stem.

This is slow and clumsy, of course, but if you are able to ride the said route with no hands, you should be able to move both bikes as well.

• To clarify, I liken riding no-handed to riding with another bike, because in my opinion riding with another bike is more difficult than riding one handed. For example crossing curbs is quite challenging. Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 8:57
• I've done this to move a tall bike (using another tall bike, obviously :) and used to fairly regularly do it with safety bikes. I did it the other day, 5km from work to the train station (I wasn't game for 20km all the way home). It's not too hard, go slowly and pay attention to steering.
– Móż
Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 11:49
• I did this when the chain of my bicycle broke. I rented a shared bike and pushed the broken one with my hand while riding the shared bike. It's slow, tedious and probably not legal, but it worked out better than expected. Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 11:57
• In The Netherlands, this the well known solution to transporting a second bicycle. I find it best to hold the other bicycle at the stem loosely, or you'll get cramped hands along the way. Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 20:19

Ghostride it, so long as you're not dealing with high speeds or heavy traffic: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Ghostride-a-Bike/

And make sure you have a soundtrack:

• +1 for the link with pictures; although I recommend putting your hand across the bars at the center of the handlebar (palm down) rather than as shown. This provides good lateral stability (you can literally lean on the second bike or lift it up) and I have done this myself many times. Keep the ghost bike to your right - out of traffic; but do note this means you have only front brakes (unless you have a coaster brake - where you backpedal to apply the rear brake). Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 18:27
• This is what i always do. (this seems to come naturally for Dutch cyclists) Just hold the 2nd bike steer in the middle, and you can do anything as usual. The only thing with riding with one hand is to gently break. In this regard i found old fashioned back-pedal brakes superior over hand-brakes. Still plenty of those in the Netherlands.. Commented Aug 22, 2014 at 8:54

Ride one bike, and have a friend ride the other bike. Once home, give friend a beer and say "thank you, see you tomorrow."

I'd walk with both bikes - with each hand on their seats, one to the left and other to your right.

Bicycles can be easily pushed and steered when holding them at the seat (in the same manner as you would correct steering when riding without hands, through the balance). I find it easier than pulling them by the middle of handlebars as others suggest.

Doing so with two bikes at once is tricky, and this is slower than riding; but it's safer and you'd get there in the end with no risk of falling yourself; at worst you'd have to stop and readjust them a few times.

• If you walk very slowly, it's easier to hold by the stem, holding the saddle seems much easier for a quick walk (though my experience of walking bikes for any distance is restricted to bike with flat(-ish) tyres). Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 13:29

Personally I enjoy running as much as riding. If I could not carry the second bike I would ride one home, run back, ride the other home. It would take a bit longer and be a great workout.......

Presuming 2 bikes @10km/h that is about 45-50 minutes (without prangs), or 30km/h (2*16minute) on bikes + 5 minute/km (40 minute) run - 1:15.

• Or just opt for a brisk walk, there's no requirement to be fast... Commented Jun 14, 2021 at 18:16

The question rules out a trailer in this case, but it's not hard to do, so here it is for completeness.

The trailer below was converted from a child-carrying trailer, with a length of aluminium extrusion on top and straps. That's a 24" wheel kids bike behind my commuter, and it handled very well on a test ride. It's not quite finished (I'd like dedicated straps riveted to the frame), and eventually it will also be able to take cargo.

If transporting an adult bike it would be a good idea to lengthen the drawbar otherwise the overhang behind the trailer axle gets very long. You could also turn the handlebars so the front wheel of the towed bike can be closer to the back wheel of the towing bike without risk of hitting it. I may still do that but it requires a slightly more complicated way of holding the bike upright on the trailer

My friend was able to ride a few miles with a second bike attached to his backpack with a ropes. You need a wide road for this way of transportation and it can be tricky to tie bike in such a way that it doesn't weights to one side. Also, you can detach wheels and tie them to the frame, so bike will be more compact.

• If you're going to do this, really take the wheels off first, it will make you much narrower. But you might want to wrap the chain in plastic. Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 13:19
• Dunno about your region, but here a bicycle has a maximum width of 1.2 metres. So your sideways bike will be much longer making you wider. Its surprisingly easy to be caught out and clip something/someone while riding a wide load.
– Criggie
Commented Jun 2, 2017 at 22:51
• I've seen this a few times, primarily people on fixies carrying second fixies. The rider size and angle of carrying the bike make a difference, but the width didn't seem to be a problem. Commented May 26, 2018 at 22:11

I am contemplating this - fit a "truck bed front fork clamp" to the parcel rack on my electric bike and tow the other bike. Have to remove the front wheel and strap it on the towed bike's frame.

Possibly could get away with an old front hub sans spokes, and clamp that onto your rack or even the rear seat stay of teh front bike. Have to watch the clearances of course, left/right turns as well as up/down.

300mm velcro cableties will be used to strap towed bike's front wheel to the frame.

Edit: I did this and it was not a success. Complete write up in this answer

done this from time to time normally to impress a girl who had left her bike somewhere. Ride one bike with one hand, hold the middle of the handle bars (2nd bike) with your off hand, Hopefully you can ride with out hands as you will need to go no handed briefly to access the brake on the main bike.

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• Why would you need to go no handed at all for any time? Does your main bike only have one hand brake?
– Criggie
Commented Jan 28, 2017 at 22:03
• When you tow a bike like this, you use only a single brake. You must ride carefully enough to avoid sharp braking anyways, so it doesn't even matter whether the brake that you use is a front or rear brake. A coaster brake is ideal in this situation because it lets your hands concentrate on steering a single bike, each. Commented Jun 14, 2021 at 18:28