The Surly Big Dummy continues to please. Took it to a local big-box hardware store and came back with a decent load. Probably the largest load in size and density; with a 10litre (2.25 gallons) can of paint and four 2metre (6ft6in) lengths of decking. With the bungy cord cargo net it worked a treat. Although I rode cautiously because of the load all the cargo behaved itself over various bumps for roughly 2kms (1.5miles). Check out the pictures.
It was great fun and it really drives home to my wife just how useful this bike is.