Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Bikes: '03 Raleigh Competition (my race bike), '85 Raleigh Technium 440 (my commuter), '81 Schwinn Traveler (project), '?? Chiorda (free, just pay shipping), '08 Trek MTB, and a 70's Huffy Daisey tandem
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Bike hauler? One bike towing another
I've got my commuter bike built up and getting close to finishing my hardcourt polo bike. So I was thinking...
My polo bike will have a ridiculous fixed gear ratio that works out to about 50 gear inches (20T cog, 30T chainwheel), which kind makes it a PITA to ride *to* the match. Seeing as how I have a perfectly serviceable commuter ('87 Raleigh Technium 440 I swapped to STIs, 7sp drive-train, 700c wheels, plus rear rack and panniers) it occurred to me that there must be a way to build a "trailer" of sorts that would allow someone to tow along another complete bike behind them. Sure I could strap it to the front of a bus and pay $3 round trip, but WTH, why ride when you can RIDE?!
So I thought I'd put this post out and see if anyone has come up with a novel approach to towing one bike behind the other? The commute would be approximately 8 miles each way along some hilly and curvy city streets (READ: garbage pavement
). I have a rear rack and panniers, so I can't just try and add the polo bike's forks' dropouts to the rear Quick-Release on the commuter since it wouldn't clear. My initial thought was a long skinny capital H (about 4 inches wide and 3 feet long) with one side clamped onto the QR of the commuter and the other end on the QR of the polo bike. For this to be feasible, I'd probably have to lock the bars somehow so it couldn't steer itself while in tow.
EDIT: Oh, and the polo bike is an '81 Schwinn Traveler with 27" wheels and it's a fixie. Both frames have a 35" standover, so the dimensions are about the same.
Is this plausible? Are there any other solutions to this problem? TIA!