Some people travel heavy, they live for it and that is what having the beast can be for...hauling for the long trip. Not everyone is built for lifting that much bike when it's down. And sure, you may lift the bike, but what happens when you hurt yourself doing it? I've seen it and it doesn't exactly make for a comfortable rest of your trip.
Thanks for the post, Rob. Great piece of gear.
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