Wheel Transport Series 2
So while reading this, remember that both you and I LOVE wheel. Unfortunately as everyone knows, the single worst thing about German wheel is lugging this heavy, awkward, and greasy apparatus wherever you go. As a dreamer with no construction experience, I have easily spent hundreds of hours fantasizing about ways to make wheel breakdown/transport/rebuilding easier. My greatest success was while I was working at CircEsteem. We had a handicapped van with a back ramp that we used mostly for getting rolling globes to and from gigs. Eventually we developed this cart that could be loaded up with wheels. (it could hold over 5) Then all had to do was roll them into the back of that van. It was FANTASTIC! However aside from that brief glorious cart wheeling year, I have been building and carrying wheels for over 8 years, and here are a few of the tips and tricks I have slowly and painfully discovered.
Bodies are different and when it comes to carrying wheels, and everyone will eventually develop their own style. Once broken down the wheel with 4 pieces, so the most basic and lightest option (but least efficient) is to take each piece one by one. This is awesome if you have a bunch of people, a lot of time, or need to specifically load individual pieces into a specific space (like loading the back of a car). But lets assume you’re a little late for a class and have 3 wheels you have to bring up 3 flights of stairs, you are not going to want to walk up and down those stairs 12 times. *Pro life tip* the wheel is curved so just because the front part of the wheel makes it through the doorway does not mean the back end will too. ☺
So here are a couple options that are a little heavier, but more time efficient. My personal favorite is to take the 4 pieces and make two stacks standing sideways (on one hoop and spooning). The first stack should be the handle piece and a bar piece and the second stack is the boards and the other bar piece (this will distribute the weight more evenly as the boards and the handles are the two heavier pieces). Then I lift the stack with the boards up onto my shoulder and I carry the other stack in my hand (if you stack the bar piece so it rests on top of the bottom handle then carry them both by the top handle.)
One other interesting variation I saw in Australia. Was to stack the wheel up against a wall and then scoop underneath them so that the stack is resting on your shoulders. This is a great way to carry the wheels if you have to climb stairs or walk a significant distance
Try out a few of the methods and figure out what works best for you in different situations. Depending of the effort you want to expend, the speed at which you want to move and the distance you need to travel, figure out which of these work best for you. But be careful or you may end up like our young friend here. ☺