Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Oakland, CA
Bikes: All bikes except vintage Bianchi road frame equipped with generator hubs. Trailers: BOB Coz; Bykaboose; Bikes at Work 32" (favorite); Bikes at Work 96"
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I bought a Bykaboose on impulse about two years ago. It has greater capacity than the single-wheel trailers popular with off-road riders and some touring cyclists. However, the Bykaboose may not be the best option over the long term for folks dedicated to car-free living.
Advantages of the Bykaboose: low cost, dual wheels; lightweight; large cubic capacity (4+ grocery bags); moderate weight capacity (75-100lbs).
Disadvantages of the Bykaboose: clamp-on attachment that mounts on the chain stay is not suitable for either tapered chain stays or heavy loads; cargo area is not weatherproof; and the flimsy construction and light nylon cargo covering cannot be expected to survive regular heavy use.
My favorite trailers are made by Bikes at Work in Ames, IA. My 32” model is perfect for most utility hauling. It carries two rubbermaid 22-gal containers (four if double stacked) and has a 300lb capacity. The rock-solid hitch features a universal swivel coupling and the trailer tongue is easy to attach using a large pin. I have dedicated beater bike with the hitch permanently attached. This no-compromise setup makes it possible—and fun—to pick-up a 45lb bag of dog food along with major grocery purchases. “Containerization” offers many advantages for loading/unloading and storage, plus the containers are weatherproof. The beautiful aluminum fenders keep the rain off your cargo or back and are strong enough to stand on.
My Bikes at Work 96”model carries six containers (twelve if double stacked) and has an optional rack that can carry a 12’ ladder, lumber, surfboard, windsurf sail; canoe, nuclear fuel rods, etc. Check them out at www.bikesatwork.com