Touring - Moto haters beware...
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02-03-10, 04:16 PM
So, this crappy weather has me thinking -
Can I tow a BOB trailer behind my Moto Le Champion carbon fiber?
Thinking Charleston to Key West in April.
Very comfortable geometry.
02-03-10, 04:28 PM
I'd suggest a Burley Nomad two wheel trailer or similar. I've had both and the Nomad just follows along like a good friend. The Bob does more rocking back and forth. Can't say it's a bad thing but I would pull a Nomad with my Giant TCR Composite but not a Bob.
02-03-10, 06:13 PM
I would pull a Nomad with my Giant TCR Composite but not a Bob.
Because of the increased torque on the welds?
That would be my main concern.
I can log some significant miles on my current set up (less the extra pounds, of course). Components seem reliable and most of the tuning kinks have been settled.
May replace the brake pads (something I have been meaning to do), but everything else seems pretty solid.
Since I am not climbing (other than the occasional bridge) I am not sure I need the CF frame and would much rather have the comfort and weight of a solid steel frame, but I know I will not buy a whole new set up for a ride that might not happen (though I would love to justify a salsa or surly purchase, I will have a window of opportunity to make this ride happen).
I know the weight will be behind and not ON the frame, but I am wondering if the frame set up and aksium wheels will withstand towing a heavy load and rigorous road time.
02-03-10, 06:21 PM
My training wheels on the TCR are Aksiums. The Burley puts very little weight on the wheel or axle. That would work for me if I didn't have a touring bike. Since most of your riding will be flat you shouldn't have any problems with your current setup and a two wheeled trailer.
Aksuim are surprisingly durable in my experience.
My 2 cents.
02-03-10, 06:26 PM
Thanks - I appreciate it very much.
The whole rig has been a real joy to ride. Nicest road ride I have had, though I wish I still had the ol' Basso. Has made me fall for road riding again and scheme this crazy idea.
Thank you again.
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