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    Senior Member Ken_onabike's Avatar
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    Good idea Neil. Reading the Trek reviews leads me to believe that the carbon fiber front fork models are nicer to ride with less vibration, hence the possible upgrade to a 7.4 or 7.5. Haven't seen any trailers around here so I'm pretty clueless as to how it attaches etc etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_onabike View Post
    Good idea Neil. Reading the Trek reviews leads me to believe that the carbon fiber front fork models are nicer to ride with less vibration, hence the possible upgrade to a 7.4 or 7.5. Haven't seen any trailers around here so I'm pretty clueless as to how it attaches etc etc.
    You replace the rear skewer with one that allowed the trailer to attach.

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    Hi mate,

    Yea my drive side was pretty bent up , i went to the bike store in Beenleigh today, 40 bucks everything is fixed and good. He also went over the bike and re trued my back wheel which i had not even noticed yet.

    Very good service , i did get a good chuckle when he tried to test ride my 24" bike and he is about 5 foot 4 .

    Will go back there i think, between them and sonic cylces i have two great groups of people.

    Think in a few weeks i might try the Brisbane river, hopefully this horrible rain has buggered off.
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    tergal: Great news that your bike is fixed and that a there are now two bike shops on the OK list. Sounds like the guy needed to try my 17.5" Trek if he's 5' 4".
    I may be 5'9" but I'm more torso than legs, so I ride a small frame and that makes Neil's suggestion of a trailer for touring pretty relevant. What part of the Brissy river are you thinking about ? now that all the rain's gone away. If you want to have a look at how soggy it got, have a look here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/Ken_onabike where I have started collecting a few ride photos.

    Neil: Thanks for the trailer suggestion. Had a look at the BOB Yak on their website so I now understand the replacement skewer idea. I reckon this sort of thing will be the way I go a bit later down the track. What brand is that one in the photo ??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_onabike View Post
    tergal: Great news that your bike is fixed and that a there are now two bike shops on the OK list. Sounds like the guy needed to try my 17.5" Trek if he's 5' 4".
    I may be 5'9" but I'm more torso than legs, so I ride a small frame and that makes Neil's suggestion of a trailer for touring pretty relevant. What part of the Brissy river are you thinking about ? now that all the rain's gone away. If you want to have a look at how soggy it got, have a look here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/Ken_onabike where I have started collecting a few ride photos.

    Neil: Thanks for the trailer suggestion. Had a look at the BOB Yak on their website so I now understand the replacement skewer idea. I reckon this sort of thing will be the way I go a bit later down the track. What brand is that one in the photo ??
    It's a Yakima Big Tow. Yakima stopped making it after a lawsuit from the makers of the BOB trailers - it seems Yakima had infringed on some patents. The big difference between the trailers is the Yakima has a fairing and the BOB doesn't. This means the Big Tow has less road and trail dirt bouncing into it, but the fork can't swivel into the body of the trailer for transport.

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    Nice photos,

    Was meaning to ask you how is that slacks creek bike path ? . Was thinking of ridding from slacks creek to Holmview and using that path as a Cheat to avoid Kingston/queens street hill.

    I heard there was good riding paths up around Brisbane

    http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/BCCWR...ml_map_pop.htm

    More for relaxing rides than speed i think which sounds like fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil_B View Post
    It's a Yakima Big Tow. Yakima stopped making it after a lawsuit from the makers of the BOB trailers - it seems Yakima had infringed on some patents. The big difference between the trailers is the Yakima has a fairing and the BOB doesn't. This means the Big Tow has less road and trail dirt bouncing into it, but the fork can't swivel into the body of the trailer for transport.
    Thanks Neil. Sounds like I need to start saving pennies as a BOB Yak here costs more than the bike.

    Quote Originally Posted by tergal View Post
    Nice photos,

    Was meaning to ask you how is that slacks creek bike path ? . Was thinking of ridding from slacks creek to Holmview and using that path as a Cheat to avoid Kingston/queens street hill.

    I heard there was good riding paths up around Brisbane

    http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/BCCWR...ml_map_pop.htm

    More for relaxing rides than speed i think which sounds like fun.
    Thanks. I'm no photographer but it's fun to take a few snaps now and then. The Slacks Creek path is really nice and runs through a fair bit of bushland that's very pretty. It starts about a 1.5km away from my place at the junction of Loganlea Rd and Queens Rd and heads through the bush to Paradise Rd. You can duck underneath Paradise Rd there and keep going on to Park Rd Slacks Creek.It's a really pleasant ride and I usually head up there after work. If you have some time we can go ride it together if you want. And as for Queens Rd Hill........mate that's about a 45 degree slope that I have notionally listed as the thing I'm going to attempt if I ever get fit enough ! Until then I'll avoid it like the plague

    Looks like there a lots of nice rides along the river that are worth checking out though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_onabike View Post
    Thanks Neil. Sounds like I need to start saving pennies as a BOB Yak here costs more than the bike.
    See if you can buy one second hand. My trailer was originally owned by another Bike Forums member.

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    I tried that hill once..... i may petition the government to have it listed as a black spot for ridding . I made it about 1/3 of the way up swore a lot then got off and walked.

    I don't knock off work till 6 30 Monday to Thursday but plan on trying the slacks creek path on Friday when i finish around 1 30 . I never try a new path in the dark . My front light got trashed in my little accident before.


    how much work would it be to build Ur own trailer ? some aluminum and pop rivets or steel and wield it . might not be as pretty but may save you a ton just a thought.

    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-GAP-This-June

    he built his own and it looks awesome, and it fits a dog
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    Quote Originally Posted by tergal View Post
    I tried that hill once..... i may petition the government to have it listed as a black spot for ridding . I made it about 1/3 of the way up swore a lot then got off and walked.

    I don't knock off work till 6 30 Monday to Thursday but plan on trying the slacks creek path on Friday when i finish around 1 30 . I never try a new path in the dark . My front light got trashed in my little accident before.


    how much work would it be to build Ur own trailer ? some aluminum and pop rivets or steel and wield it . might not be as pretty but may save you a ton just a thought.

    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-GAP-This-June

    he built his own and it looks awesome, and it fits a dog
    If you want a two wheeled trailer, just get a baby chariot and modify that. The problem with two wheeled trailers, aside from added weight, is that on some trails the surface is so rough and uneven one side of the trailer will track higher than the other. For instance, on the C & O Canal Towpath, at Four Locks:



    But some people use 2 wheeled trailers with little trouble.


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    Thanks guys for the suggestions. No chance of building one after moving to the town house in Meadowbrook I'm afraid. Gone is the double garage and a good deal of the tool collection. Turns out that with a bit of searching there is always the universal Taiwanese knockoff solution. http://www.ooocycles.com.au/item-24.htm

    This thing is made by TW Bents. Doesn't actually look to bad, and as I'm not planning on crossing the Gobi Desert with it at this stage it may be worth a closer look.

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