Touring - 26" wheel trailer?
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Howdy, does anyone recall the company or the name of that 26" single wheeled offroad type trailer?
-I seem to remember that the crazy ******* who cycled the waaaay outback in Australia for more than a month used one.
Might be a nifty option for a Chang Tang adventure ala Corax.
Found it..."extrawheel trailer". ('posted because I'll forget the name)
-Oh and that crazy *** guy cycled the canning stock route. Good reading. (Crazy)
09-27-07, 12:37 AM
I have heard of issues with the extrawheel - hard to pack. It just uses a couple of 60 litre dry sacks and there are also issues with the sacks rubbing on the wheel apparently. Also seems limited to items that pack easily into the sacks.
My inclination is to go with the BOB, but of course each to their own.
Hey there Andrew, hadn't noted troubles with wheel rub. Will do diligence before buying...
I was thinking about a trailer for a way "out there" off road tour. I'd figure having the same wheel size would make it a bit easier in the carrying spare bits department (plus you've got a "spare" front wheel). Also it would seem to me that the larger wheel size might be better suited for pulling over bad bits easier.
As for just using stuff sacks in the trailer, that would be fine as it would likely just be full of food & water.
Would likely still need panniers anyways.
-No worries though as there is a lot to think about, and this tour is yet in the "thinking about it" phase (also a few/3 years off).
09-27-07, 02:26 PM
I have an Extrawheel and bought it with the 26" wheel to match my Thorn. Before using it I padded the internal frame at the area where the sacks press inwards. I used closed cell foam and cable clips and had no problem with wheel rub. Again, I used a cable tie to secure the internal plastic mudguard in place between the fork as this is held by tension alone. When the loaded sacks press inwards, this squeezes the mudguard and it pops up, rubbing against the tyre. No biggie, just make a small hole for the cable tie and secure it in place. Takes about five minutes.
As to packing, one has to take care. Keep the weight over the axle and to the front otherwise it can shake the bike. Again, keep the heavy items at the bottom of the sacks and it's best if you keep the extrawheel symbol facing out so as to know top and bottom at a glance.
Otherwise the trailer is of good quality and tracks beautifully. The biggest asset is the light weight (just over 8lbs) and it is simple with good access to the wheel.
09-27-07, 07:58 PM
Sounds like you have got it set-up well Onbike. I was looking at a the possibility of a BOB as I want to run a MTB and Tourer but now seriously considering a Xtracycle. Decisions decisions decisions.
09-28-07, 12:30 AM
Hey there Camel
Where the hell are you thinking of going off to now? Chang Tang......a few years off......sounds like a great idea, I have been thinking alot about that part of the world as well. Glad to know there is someone else out there who is thinking of crazy thoughts too.
Hey there Chris! Got yer e-mail check yours.
--For other folks on list, I met Chris up(over?) in Kashgar and on and off all the way through Vientiene. He even brought a bunch of my crap home for me! Great guy, excellent athlete & definitely sign on if he's got any trips planned.
--As for what I'm thinking? Well Paige says she'll "let me go back to Tibet...but only for 6months or so". I thought you might be looking to get a group together in a few years?...
10-03-07, 11:52 AM
I'd never heard of this before so did a search. I have some questions as to packing. Wouldn't you have to make sure that your load was well balanced side to side for this to track well? My bob I just make sure the heaviest items are at the bottom rear and I've done 40mph downhills! If I pack it high it gets squirely. Just some thoughts.
10-03-07, 03:58 PM
Tracking is not a problem but the heaviest items should be at the bottom and over the axles.
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