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Old 04-05-14, 05:58 PM   #1
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Single wheel trailer for commuting

I decided to post this here as well as the "utility forum" because this one seems to get more traffic. I have a single wheel bike trailer and have heard that they put stress on the frame. But first off, if I don't really rock my bike side-to-side, will it still put stress on the frame?

How does it put stress on the frame? It seems like it would put stress on the axle rather than the frame.
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I guess I should also add that I don't really plan on hauling any more than 20-30lbs in it in case that has a factor. It's mostly for large loads rather than heavy ones.
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I've been using a Performance brand (or maybe it's Nashbar) single wheel trailer for years without any issues with the bicycle.

I have bent the connecting arm carrying over load capacity, but that's it. Mine uses a replacement axle setup, and I've looked at that several times-- every winter and spring actually, when I swap my wheels out-- and it shows no signs of bending. How the trailer might damage a frame I don't understand.
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But first off, if I don't really rock my bike side-to-side, will it still put stress on the frame? .
No, but I'm wondering how one goes any distance on a bicycle without rocking it from side to side...
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No, but I'm wondering how one goes any distance on a bicycle without rocking it from side to side...
I guess I meant not very rapid side to side movement as in climbing a hill while out of the saddle.
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I decided to post this here as well as the "utility forum" because this one seems to get more traffic. I have a single wheel bike trailer and have heard that they put stress on the frame. But first off, if I don't really rock my bike side-to-side, will it still put stress on the frame?

How does it put stress on the frame? It seems like it would put stress on the axle rather than the frame.
It's just a basic twisting effect. As the weight in the trailer shifts as the bike is rocked from one side or the other, the trailer tongue tries to twist, which puts some pressure on the rear dropout frame members, or wherever the trailer is connected.

It's not generally considered a big deal unless the trailer is very heavily loaded.

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For commuting , consider what you will do with the load after you arrive and Lock the bike UP..

to that Perhaps this will be better Burley Travoy Bike Cargo Trailer | Bike Trailer

as the 2 wheels make it stable and it will pull by hand quite nicely up stairs , in elevators and Etc.



I had a BoB, as a utility trailer it got quite squirrelly one load was not low and densely packed and tied down ..

the 1 wheel is a fulcrum ... the road surface will cause torque to happen leverage on the whole trailer.. a very substantial frame would help,

and have a spare QR skewer on hand , as they do break, LBS here has a request for one from cycle-tourists occasionally .

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