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Old 02-27-08, 05:13 AM   #1
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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.
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Old 02-27-08, 07:51 AM   #2
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My dream bike trailer:

sub 12lbs

hard case (31" in size),with detachable wheels (16"), has retractable wheel hubs and bike connector assembly.

Unfolds to become a hard case bike trailer (enough room to carry a huge backpack or at least 1 child), with loading capacity of over 100lbs...

bonus if you can add suspension without much weight penatly!

Oh but we can only dream...
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Old 02-27-08, 09:42 AM   #3
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Make you trailer long and tall enough so that when you're off the bike and need to go into a store, for example, you can fold your bike, put it in the trailer, and push the trailer around while you shop.
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Make you trailer long and tall enough so that when you're off the bike and need to go into a store, for example, you can fold your bike, put it in the trailer, and push the trailer around while you shop.
Wouldn't that be just perfect?

I like the idea of arriving at an airport on a folder towing a hard case trailer which holds a backpack with all my stuff. Getting off in the porch and removing my backpack from the trailer; demounting the trailer wheels and stowing them inside, folding the bike and stowing that inside, then walking up to check in my trailer and my backpack, cool as you like.

Of course, realities would no doubt intrude, like I'd find my trailer and bike lost at the other end, or the bike would be crushed inside the case after five tonnes of samsonite moved during a rough landing and bent the frame.
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Of course, realities would no doubt intrude, like I'd find my trailer and bike lost at the other end, or the bike would be crushed inside the case after five tonnes of samsonite moved during a rough landing and bent the frame.
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Old 02-27-08, 11:50 AM   #6
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I'm thinking of buying some S/A type BoB nutz so I can tow my BoB Ibex trailer behind my 8 speed R20.....as if I don't get enough comments already
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Old 02-27-08, 03:11 PM   #7
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I've used a Burley Nomad with my Tikit:


The Nomad is one of the nicer mid-sized cargo trailers out there. I prefer two wheels to one when riding with a load over 25lbs (and for lighter loads why use a trailer anyway...) and the Nomad folds up pretty small when I'm not using it. I'd prefer a locking box and may build my own trailer at some point. The Bike Friday trailer is nice and a version is available with a locking box, but I prefer the larger wheels of the Nomad.

I've had this trailer for a long time and have also used it with my Swift Folder and New World Tourist.

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Old 02-27-08, 05:31 PM   #8
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Whoa... Alex you wouild be the local hero here with loads like that, beer keg on the back, eski with other liquid refreshments on the front...
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It was actually 3 kegs in the back, and a jockey box (cooler with cold plates) and taps in the front. I took this photo the morning after a fund raising party for a local non-profit bike shop. The party was lots of fun too, we had around 5 or 6 homebrewers serving almost 20 different beers.
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Old 02-28-08, 12:47 AM   #10
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So was there much weaving all over the road afterwards or did the Nomad help keep you stable?
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I was riding home with this stuff the day after the party. Even at the party I was serving beer and didn't drink that much myself.

The tikit handles pretty well with large front loads. That box was big, but probably around 20# (under 10kg). I've ridden with up to around 40# on the front rack without issues.
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Folder with Trailer

Here are some pics of my trailer. I have since done a new seatpost tongue (no camera at present) that uses whitish flexible plumbing plastic tubing. It all collapses and fits in suitcase with bike for air travel. At airport I unload bike and trailer and put my other gear in suitcase and off I go. Total cost $2 for hinge pins to make the axle split for travel. All the rest from construction dumpsters.
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Here is my ideal trailer. It appears to be made for both bike travel as well as towing as a handcart. Unfortunally it is not available in the US or I would buy one for all my folders.

Here is the link:

http://www.dahon.com/intl/accessories/luggage/kitchensink.htm

I could never figure out why Dahon has a 2 tiered systerm of offering certain items or bikes for only limited markets. It does tarnish my feelings toward this company-even though I own 2 Dahon bikes!
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Here is my ideal trailer. It appears to be made for both bike travel as well as towing as a handcart. Unfortunally it is not available in the US or I would buy one for all my folders.

Here is the link:

http://www.dahon.com/intl/accessories/luggage/kitchensink.htm

I could never figure out why Dahon has a 2 tiered systerm of offering certain items or bikes for only limited markets. It does tarnish my feelings toward this company-even though I own 2 Dahon bikes!
Yeah...the overseas people get all the cool bikes and accessories! Same with KHS actually--their Taiwanese website has much more folders, while only the Latte and Mocha are available in the US. It's quite a shame that the market for bikes here isn't as big as the ones elsewhere.
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Trailers are a good idea no matter what you ride...

Like any tow vehicle you need to have the right gearing and with a folder you can also look at the trailer as being a storage box which is very cool.

I built one trailer last year and am looking at building a slightly smaller version to use with my Twenty although it wouold have no problem with the full size one either.
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carry freedom city

I may like a folding trailer for a folding bike..look at this one:

http://www.carryfreedom.com/city.html
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My friend bought this one for his folder. I am green with envy!
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I pull a Burley "Flatbed" trailer (http://www.burley.com/products/adventure/flatbed.cfm) with my Downtube. It has 20" wheels, attaches to the bicycle's rear axle and only weighs 13 pounds. Our border collie enjoys riding in her plastic kennel on the trailer--but I soon learned to face the kennel door to the rear as it acted like a drogue 'chute behind the bike! Even so, the increased drag causes me to ride two or three gears lower.

I have another (the brand escapes me) trailer: single 16" wheel; mounts three pairs of panniers; steel frame. It hitches to the rear frame triangle but by clamps that may not work on all frame geometries.
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Border C. is good, they do what you tell them to do! I am planning to strap mine up in a "freeloader" (supported by a "wideloader") on my homemade "extracykei). Justfor resting since he likes to run and my trips is not so long.

Lots of nice trailers in the BF`s "Utility Cykling" forum. Also my homemade "extra" is there in the sticky.
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Can you post the BF Utility forum link I can't find it in their forums, thanks
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Have a look at http://www.bikehod.com/ for combining folding bike and trailer
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Here is my ideal trailer. It appears to be made for both bike travel as well as towing as a handcart. Unfortunally it is not available in the US or I would buy one for all my folders.

Here is the link:

http://www.dahon.com/intl/accessories/luggage/kitchensink.htm

I could never figure out why Dahon has a 2 tiered systerm of offering certain items or bikes for only limited markets. It does tarnish my feelings toward this company-even though I own 2 Dahon bikes!
It's available in the Uk for £179.99. That's quite a lot for a bag, a frame and some wheels. The idea is neat though. It would be easy to make that, I think.
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