Trailers on folders anyone?
I`we got this thing for trailers so I am thinking a trailer is aspecially good for folder owners, especially if the folder is your only bike or at last your favourit bike. I use trailers to give my dog a rest (or if I want to go full speed downhill) if we go on a long trip. Also use it for short campingtrips. I am planning on teaching some refugeefriends how to make trailers this spring since they want to go to collect free furniture from the recycle place.
To the point. Do you use or dream about trailers? What is your dream or best buy/make?
I just made one that can be used for the dog to pull (he lowe to work) but also as a trailer to pull behind the bike for the dog to sit innside. For a short trip I use the same system for dog and bike, but I can remove the two bamboo rods and replace it with a small bent pullbar perfect for the bike.
The other day I bought a soft suitcase on wheels for 20£ (reduced price). I am thinking of replacing the wheels with rollerskate wheels or the slightly bigger "scooter wheels". They are both made for weight and high speed. Also it is possible to put 12,5" wheels, can easely be found om an old babystroller or small childs bike. Those bigger wheels makes it more difficult to leave the suitcase standing up on its own (unless you make a kickstand sort of..) but do you need that? Good thing about this type of trailer is you can take it innside the shops and shoppingsenter, not fun to leave the pannierbags outside with lots of stuff innside.
I`we seen this type of "shoppingtrailers" on a Danish site, they are far more advanced bikers than their neighbourcountryes.
My point is space on a folder is limited, and often the riders weight is more than enough for the bike so a solution is needed.
A friend bought a trailer /suitcase called "The city trailer", but I also think the small flatbed from the same producer is great to. I copyed that one making my dogtrailer. Got hold of some wheelchair wheels andaxels plus piece to attach it to. Built the hub into 20" bikewheels. 16" is also ok, but then there is a problem with number of spokeholes.