Who needs a U-Haul when you got a bike?

Bikes and belongings arrive in Echo Park. Photo courtesy Josef Bray-Ali

When it comes time to moving, many people rent a U-haul or seek out friends with pick-up trucks. But this weekend, a former Highland Park resident moving to Echo Park transported all his household belongings on bikes, reports Josef Bray-Ali, owner of the Flying Pigeon Bike shop in Cypress Park. The man, a friend of Bray-Ali, used nine bikes outfitted to carry cargo for the Highland Park-to-Echo Park migration, which Bray-Ali dubbed an “Inverse Hipster Bike Move.” This is how it worked:

I helped with my bakfiets, others loaned heavy duty trailers or their knot tying skills, and we all pedaled away to deliver a household’s worth of goods from an cramped apartment in Highland Park to a small home in Echo Park on a sunny Sunday in February of 2012.

It took the caravan of bikes about an hour to cover six miles. The demonstration of pedal power was inspired by a Portlandia-like bike move.


  1. Cool stuff!!

  2. I am in awe.

  3. I heard both the themes from “The Jefferson’s” and “The Beverly Hillbillies” in my head when I read this article… now that I see they moved to my street I’m hearing “Sanford and Son”.

    Welcome to the neighborhood y’all!

  4. Hahahaha. It’s amazing when the stereotypes in episodes of *Portlandia* come to life. Either way, pretty impressive!

  5. it sounds like hell to me, but my hat is off to this guy. very impressive.

  6. shoulda put a bird on it

  7. Bike Shop in Cypress Park?

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