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Old 02-07-07, 04:22 PM   #1
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hauling groceries

What do you think would work better? A bike friday with one of these:


Or one of these?


By the way, the worksman trike folds and is only $300. Why are trailers so freaking expensive?
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how the heck would that thing's foldability be useful? I can't imagine anything except maybe being able to squeeze it in a closet as opposed to a garage...what i'd do, if I needed a trailer, is look for a used kids trailer. They go for about 50$ on craigslist, plus you could carry kids in them if you needed to
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how the heck would that thing's foldability be useful? I can't imagine anything except maybe being able to squeeze it in a closet as opposed to a garage...what i'd do, if I needed a trailer, is look for a used kids trailer. They go for about 50$ on craigslist, plus you could carry kids in them if you needed to
The foldability is useful because it's a trike and would take up way too much space if it weren't foldable. Like you said, it's the difference between fitting it in a closet or a garage, which for people that live in apartments is the difference between being able to fit it or not being able to fit it at all.

Good idea about the kiddie trailer. Kidnapping is probably very lucrative.
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Like spambait,
I would guess that the worksman weighs a ton and probably is not the easiest thing to move. You'd probably have to put in quite a bit of effort to get that thing to move quick,
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These guys seem to make very nice, but extremely expensive trailers:
http://www.carryfreedom.com/

The "City" model in particular is very cool, but there is no way in hell I'm spending $500 on a trailer.
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You might consider ordering one of these The only review of it I've seen was very good.
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You might consider ordering one of these The only review of it I've seen was very good.
That one's pretty nice because it doubles as a hand cart, but there isn't any information on how to buy one.
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That one's pretty nice because it doubles as a hand cart, but there isn't any information on how to buy one.
In the review here the reviewer in Calif. explains what he went through to get one. To make a long story short from his review. You can't purchase one from an US retailer that I'm aware of. Must be purchased from the manufacture in Denmark. Can be ordered by phone or Fax and they speak good english. Cost at the time he bought his was about $200 and shipping took about a week. Biggest hassle appears to be having bank wire funds for payment.
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Like spambait,
I would guess that the worksman weighs a ton and probably is not the easiest thing to move. You'd probably have to put in quite a bit of effort to get that thing to move quick
The shipping weight is under 50 pounds....so it couldn't be that heavy. Plus the 20" wheels must make it a little easier to accelerate.
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We used the kid carrier after the kids were too big for it. You can put a weeks worth of beer in it easy.
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"...how the heck would that thing's foldability be useful? I can't imagine anything except maybe being able to squeeze it in a closet as opposed to a garage..." -feba

I think with the heavy urbanization of parts of the USA and other countries plus more potential bike theft, garages will not be so common or even used if available anymore. So most bikes, no matter what style they are, will have to have the folding option on them. Especially adult tricycles to take them through smaller doorways and even train doors. It is not so much as weight issue as a fit issue when carrying about folding bikes of any make or style.
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Have you considered a basket on a regular bike. I can carry a fair amount of stuff by hanging the bags on my handlebars.
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Have you considered a basket on a regular bike. I can carry a fair amount of stuff by hanging the bags on my handlebars.
You mean like hanging grocery bags on the handlebars?

I can't ride more than 10 feet like that.
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Have you considered a basket on a regular bike. I can carry a fair amount of stuff by hanging the bags on my handlebars.
Or how about some "open" panniers like these:

http://www.rei.com/online/store/Prod...HP_CYCLING_TOC
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You mean like hanging grocery bags on the handlebars?

I rarely have trouble with those plastic grocery bags, one on each handle. Some bikes it is possible to push them toward the stem.
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I rarely have trouble with those plastic grocery bags, one on each handle. Some bikes it is possible to push them toward the stem.
I've tried it. Guaranteed way for me to crash before I get to the end of the block.
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Jandd also makes open top panniers made specifically for grocery bags. They run 50 bucks each,

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