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Old 07-31-05, 06:59 PM   #1
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Hi,

I'm planning on going "Car-Free" within a month after several months of preparation. Currently, I'm looking for a trailer to aid in my "Hauling Needs" . . . I've been looking at the BOB Yak (single wheel) and the Burley (double wheel) trailers. I've noticed that most double wheel trailers are capable of hauling 100 lbs., while singles generally carry up to 70 lbs. I doubt that a 70 lbs. limitation will be a major issue for me But, what are other pro's and con's to these slightly different TYPES of trailers? ...Such as their chassis and over all ease of use.

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Old 07-31-05, 07:14 PM   #2
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Here is a link for lot's of differnt trailers >>http://www.workbike.org/makers/index.html I use a Croozer two wheel trailer and love it trailer folds flat when not in use if I want and the wheels can be removed and taken in the store when shopping and is a breeze to use and get used too but a heavy duty option would be the Burley which I wanted but did'nt have the cash ,, most two wheeled trailers are about the same width as your shoulders so don't listen to the crap line about one wheel alway's on the shoulder of the road , a two wheel'd trailer I find is a better option than a single wheel'd one and I have used single wheel'd ones before but I prefer the more stable platform of two wheels on my trailer less strain on the bike and trailer componants ,, it is a personal choice
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I'm looking at cargo trailers too, and I've pretty much narrowed it down to the Burley Nomad or the Burley Flatbed. I want an axle-height hitch, and like the idea of being able to switch the trailer between bikes without modifying the bikes -- many trailers require adding something to the rear axle.

The Flatbed looks sturdy and utilitarian. The Nomad is narrower and wouldn't require a separate container for, say, carrying groceries. I'm leaning toward the Nomad.

Let us know what you get and how you like it!
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After reading about the difficulty of loading a single wheel trailer, the poorer ride, and the extra stress that a single puts on a bike frame . . . I've decided to go with double wheel trailer. After searching a little bit I found this, and am considering it. I like the fact that it has a flat bed, which leaves room to many options in hualing. The price it also great (I think) at $149.99, compared to the better known brands. BTW I would probably upgrade the wheels . . . What do You guys/gals think?


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Get a Burley Nomad, you won't regret it!
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Hey lilHinault,

The Nomad seems cool, but I'm worried that I would quickly damage the material cover of the Nomad. After doing more research, I have the Burley "Flatbed" as my top choice, since the price of the Wike flatbed and the Burley flatbed is the same after upgrading the wheels on the Wike to spokes. I plan on using the trailer to haul firewood, garden supplies, and other big bulky items. I have an Arkel "BUG" Pannier/Backpak for my everyday work-commute, and therefore I also use it for quick small hauls. Thanks for comment and BTW Congrats on leaving your SUV : )

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Here is a picture of my cargo bike with the trailer at this link http://www.bikeforums.net/attachment...chmentid=29753
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to the croozer user:

Hi there. I'm looking into the Croozer, also due to cost, and want to know how easy it is to hitch up to your bike...quick release?
any info is helpful. I plan to use it for grocery run 4 mile round trip.
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The Burley hitch that the Nomad uses is designed so it pulls the trailer in a manner so it is offset to the left a few inches. This keeps the right hand trailer wheel from running off the road as easily.

The hitch is a really clever design, too... it takes about 30 seconds to hook it up and unhook it, and it leaves nothing attached to the bicycle when the trailer is unhitched.

The Nomad also collapses for storage, although I have enough room where I store it that I just leave it set up.
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