Living Car Free - Trailer recomendations
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06-11-05, 03:23 PM
hi all, this forum is farking RAR! anyway, i need a trailer. the burley trailers are really popular around here but they seem kind of pricey. i guess i could make my own but i dont really have the rsources at the present time. any suggestions on a reasonably priced yet utiltarian trailer?
06-11-05, 04:32 PM
I use a Bykaboose Gecko. It works great for hauling cargo around. The wheels can be removed and it folds flat in about a minute. Minimal assembly required. It mounts on a "hitch" that attaches through the rear wheel skewer.
It seems to go for about $200, but I won mine from a raffle.
06-11-05, 04:34 PM
I've heard these are good too, and they're only $150.
06-11-05, 09:32 PM
Real cheap would be the Cosco Safty 1st trailer. I bought a few for $50 each at a Sam's Club. The seat back can be configured to upright, reclined, or flatbed.
06-12-05, 01:14 PM
I bought a Bykaboose on impulse about two years ago. It has greater capacity than the single-wheel trailers popular with off-road riders and some touring cyclists. However, the Bykaboose may not be the best option over the long term for folks dedicated to car-free living.
Advantages of the Bykaboose: low cost, dual wheels; lightweight; large cubic capacity (4+ grocery bags); moderate weight capacity (75-100lbs).
Disadvantages of the Bykaboose: clamp-on attachment that mounts on the chain stay is not suitable for either tapered chain stays or heavy loads; cargo area is not weatherproof; and the flimsy construction and light nylon cargo covering cannot be expected to survive regular heavy use.
My favorite trailers are made by Bikes at Work in Ames, IA. My 32” model is perfect for most utility hauling. It carries two rubbermaid 22-gal containers (four if double stacked) and has a 300lb capacity. The rock-solid hitch features a universal swivel coupling and the trailer tongue is easy to attach using a large pin. I have dedicated beater bike with the hitch permanently attached. This no-compromise setup makes it possible—and fun—to pick-up a 45lb bag of dog food along with major grocery purchases. “Containerization” offers many advantages for loading/unloading and storage, plus the containers are weatherproof. The beautiful aluminum fenders keep the rain off your cargo or back and are strong enough to stand on.
My Bikes at Work 96”model carries six containers (twelve if double stacked) and has an optional rack that can carry a 12’ ladder, lumber, surfboard, windsurf sail; canoe, nuclear fuel rods, etc. Check them out at www.bikesatwork.com.
06-12-05, 02:40 PM
Disadvantages of the Bykaboose: clamp-on attachment that mounts on the chain stay is not suitable for either tapered chain stays or heavy loads;
They might have changed this. The one I got doesn't work like this. It has a "hitch" that attaches by putting the rear skewer through it. It doesn't really touch the stays in a way that would restrict in this way, if I understand you correctly.
06-12-05, 02:43 PM
My favorite trailers are made by Bikes at Work in Ames, IA.
we have a 32" BAW trailer and I can heartily second the recommendation. It was the straw that broke the automobile's back. they're not cheap but you will not be disappointed.
06-12-05, 03:36 PM
I would save up for the Nomad. I use to use it every day for about 11 months, only reason I stopped is I got some nice panners. I still use the trailer for larger things, and when I need my suit. It will hold up to 100 pounds, but I have had much more in there. Only bad part of the Nomad is that it can be fliped. I have found other if you go car free and you do this every day, don't buy cheap, otherwise you can get left out in the cold.
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