Living Car Free - No car, just hauling stuff with my bike
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12-04-07, 12:14 PM
I currently do not own a car or plan on buying one for that matter. I do wanna get a trailer for my bike. I know of the BOB trailer, but that's more geared for touring. Can someone please give me some recommendations and reviews of their trailers? I'm not too jazzed about making one myself. Thanks.
12-04-07, 02:28 PM
i found a burley on craigslist for under about 90-100 bucks, can't remember.
i can't haul larger things, but the threshold where things get too long/big for me to carry is about the same as a car's...
i love it. i turned it over taking it home, i wasn't used to cornering in it.
i've not built one myself, but i have seen some pretty gnarly awesome home jobs, one or two claim to have a capacity of 200-300 lbs. and those cost somewhere around 50 bucks to make. from scratch.
These people seem to have a trailer design for every need.
12-04-07, 05:33 PM
There's more info in the utility forum, but I used a converted kid trailer for awhile before going with the BOB and I wouldn't go back, at least not for routine hauling. I can transport all kinds of stuff in there.
12-04-07, 06:01 PM
Thanks guys for the information. I seem to have posted in the wrong forum/section.
12-04-07, 07:08 PM
I have pulled a bob, bikes at work trailer, a burley flatbed and a kid hauler.
The bob is completely worthless. It shakes on downhills and anytime you do not have anything placed in it just right. I honestly do not understand why people like them. They have become "cool" somehow like brakeless single speed bikes. I think most people who have them have never pulled anything else.
So in conclusion, they are worthless and dangerous.
The bikes at work trailers are the best simply because you can haul furniture or anything on them but the burley flatbed with a 40 gallon rubbermaid container will hold a full cart of groceries with no problem.
12-06-07, 07:38 PM
I agree the BOB is not so good for general haulage. It was alright bringing home a bag of dog food. It was terrible bringing home anything oversize though: had to walk the bike.
I bought a used kid trailer with a ripped top. Took the nylon top off and put a dog crate on it (with rubber hose clamps). This worked excellent. Attached is a photo hauling some garbage to a dump. It definitely cannot handle the loads bikes-at-work trailers can, but is decent.
12-06-07, 10:29 PM
I'm currently using a Burley Nomad for groceries and other errands. Right now I'm trying to decide if I should convert the grocery wagon to an Xtracycle or get a Flatbed. I need something to transport lumber with.
If you're pulling a heavy load, disc brakes are really nice. If I load up the Nomad with heavy stuff, I usually pull it w/ my cross bike that has Avid discs. I took the train up to Portland one time and rode into Tigard from Union Station; going over Terwilliger and down the back side with the trailer was nice with discs, no fade and consistent power. A godsend in rainy weather too.
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