Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 45
  1. #1
    eert a ekil yzarc SpiderMike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Location
    Pasadena TX
    My Bikes
    many bikes
    Posts
    2,559
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I lived car free for years but I was doing it solo. I was a UBER-bachelor back then. A grocery run for a week's worth, was able to fit in a backpack or my Chrome Stingray bag. Well that all ended when I got a better job, and was able to buy a truck. (Don't beat me).

    Now, I am married, and have been commuting by bike for a long time now. Where I live now, there are two grocery stores very close (less than 5 miles). It bugs me to drive for the grocery run. Its more the old car free part of me that is bugged, and the whole less money on gas, and maintenance on the truck is just logical. As for commuting, I have gotten by with alternating between my messy-bags on my kona mtb I converted to SS. The bike is fully rigid, chromo, and is ready for panniers.

    I am just looking for the cheapest trailer, for grocery mainly. Secondary purpose would be down at the beach house, to haul the ice chest and fishing gear. Didn't see a trailer FAQ, so I have lurked through some of the post, and seen alot of suggestion about the Nomad trailer. Just wondering the nomad better than the BOB? Or is there a better suggestion? **I am being sincere here, not trying to troll.**
    Last edited by SpiderMike; 08-05-05 at 04:53 PM.

  2. #2
    .
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    .
    My Bikes
    .
    Posts
    3,094
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Burley Nomad, no comparison! Not the cheapest, but you'll thank yourself for making a good choice often. To give an idea of carrying capacity, this holds two "Bankers Boxes" plus a bit more room between them, on top, and then you can get an extra little dealie that goes on top for long things like fishing poles. It will carry 100lbs and you don't even know it's there in corners. You will notice a bit of extra weight to pull on the bike, but it's just very well behaved.

    I have not tried a BOB so I can't compare the two, although I've heard here and there the Nomad is considered at least as good as the BOB if not better.

  3. #3
    Avatar out of order. MarkS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    North of the border, just
    My Bikes
    Fuji Absolut '04 / Fuji 'Marlboro' Folder
    Posts
    895
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If you're looking for *cheap* and you mainly are thinking of groceries, check out Ebay and include the Burley children's models in your searching. People will let these go cheap sometimes when the older canvas gets a little skuzzy looking. The kids carriers can do groceries front and back (strap them in in the front). Pulling a kids trailer will get you more respect from cars, the drivers of which seem to feel that whereas jeopardizing your adult life is OK, jeoparding your child's life (or your grocercies) is different.

  4. #4
    Humvee of bikes =Worksman Nightshade's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    5,301
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Advice I gave before and still holds true....
    (and I'm still using this trailer 25 years later)

    "Yep, do as I did.....build your own trailer. I used these
    plans many years ago using an old oak skid for framing and
    left over roofing plywood and some free 20" bike wheels
    (20" is way better for both weight and tracking) along with
    some left over enamel paint I had. Total cost: $15 for tires,
    tubes and hardware.

    Now the good part.....This completed trailer tested out as
    able to carry 250lbs repeatedly!!!!!!! Sure I was in granny
    gear but I NEVER worried about breaking this trailer that is
    still in use to this day.

    http://www.motherearthnews.com/arc/6552/ "

    *

  5. #5
    What, me hurry? Boston Commuter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Boston, MA
    My Bikes
    Rivendell Atlantis, 1987 Peugeot Iseran mixte
    Posts
    235
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Check out Burley's trailers at http://burley.com/products/trailers/ The Nomad and the Flatbed are their cargo trailers. Several people on this forum seem to love their Nomads. But the Flatbed is cheaper and might be a good choice if you're going to haul coolers and oversized fishing poles.

    Myself, I've been trying to decide between a Nomad and a Flatbed for awhile. A few days ago I finally ordered a Nomad -- I'm a city dweller and I wanted the narrower wheelbase. But I do love the sturdy, utilitarian look of the Flatbed! I'll post something when I've received my Nomad and had a chance to try it out.

  6. #6
    Senior Member cranky's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Redwood City, CA
    Posts
    158
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have a Flatbed and my one complaint is that the bed is made out of fabric, probably vinyl. It'll only take one sharp object to ruin the whole thing. It really needs more support, at least some crossbeams, to make it truly utilitarian.

    I second MarkS suggestion of getting one on the cheap at eBay or Craigslist. People dump em all the time.

    But that scratch built one on the Mother Earth zine from TightWad's post looks like the best!

  7. #7
    .
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    .
    My Bikes
    .
    Posts
    3,094
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Yep an older Burley will work too, and Burley will sell parts for the old ones too - very cool company.

  8. #8
    carfree
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Tucson
    My Bikes
    Specialized Hyrbrid
    Posts
    25
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I've had a model64 bikesatwork.com trailer since early July.
    300lbs capacity truss trailer which seriously rocks. Uses 16" nylon wheels and it has a great hitch.
    If you're carfree but you need car-boot capacity this is something you need to check out.

  9. #9
    Patrick Barber weed eater's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Portland, Oregon
    Posts
    888
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    my partner and i also use a Bikesatwork. it's not the cheapest but for hauling big things like ice chests, cases of wine, bales of pinewood chips, 50lb bags of chicken feed, etc, it has few parallels.

    if your ice chest is not-that-big, the Nomad seems like the best choice, or, as many have suggested, getting a used kid-trailer is probably the cheapest route of all. Maybe go that way and see how you like it...if you stick with the bike-hauling, you will soon see that $200-400 for a good quality trailer that will handle your weight and capacity needs is money well spent.

  10. #10
    mashedtatersngravyplease
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    hurricane ivan damaged pensacola
    My Bikes
    cannondale alpine series(mt), cannondale r6oo, sekine (rd), schwinn varsity, schwinn suburban, western flyer nerdbike, rickshaw from yogyakarta(sp?), ripped up baby trailers to use as a truck, and some other stuff too
    Posts
    60
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    if you are looking for very cheap...
    i found an old baby trailer in the trash and stripped it down and gave it a board bottom. i've carried friends in it and have had it for years. it's ugly, but it holds twice as much (size AND weight) as my bob (although i don't mean to bag on the bob).
    just my two cents, though. i'm gonna look at tightwad's plans, that sounds pretty good.

  11. #11
    .
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    .
    My Bikes
    .
    Posts
    3,094
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I had quite a conversation with a guy with a BOB trailer on his bike on the weekend, he doesn't like how the BOB "influences" his balance and cornering, we compared our BOB and Burley Nomad experiences, and it looks like he's going to get rid of his Bob and get a Nomad. Just my 2c

  12. #12
    Senior Member dirtyscratches's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    67
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    How about a shopping cart bike? Take a look over here.

    To make it more utilitarian, you could just make it a trailer.

  13. #13
    'possum killer chuckfox's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Ames, Iowa
    My Bikes
    mountain bike (Litespeed Pisgah), touring bike (Giant Frankenbike), tandem (Burley Samba), fixie (Raleigh Rush Hour)
    Posts
    252
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I pull a BOB Yak daily and really like the way it pulls...BUT I don't carry very much weight. I use it to carry necessities back and forth from work...most of the time what I carry I could fit in panniers, but the BOB is great because I can use it with several different bikes. My wife also uses it on her bike for grocery shopping. I have hauled groceries, and some cargo with it, but if the weight gets very high or the load is top heavy it adversly affects the bikes handling. So...if you don't carry a lot of weight and like a smooth pulling trailer, the BOB is great. If you are going to carry heavier loads, you definitely want a two wheel design.

    As an aside, I live in Ames where the bikesatwork trailers are made. Jim Gregory, who runs bikesatwork can be seen regularly pulling huge loads on his trailers. He uses them in his delivery service. He has some pictures on his web site with two large trailers attached to his bike with hundreds of pounds of cargo:

    www.bikesatwork.com

  14. #14
    Dubito ergo sum. patc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Ottawa, ON, Canada
    My Bikes
    Bessie.
    Posts
    1,735
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Wike. I have the large flatbed - reasonably cheap, and I can bungee anything to it, including my studio light kit. I got two plastic bins ($6 each) for grocery shopping.

    http://www.wike.ca/lct.htm

  15. #15
    Patrick Barber weed eater's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Portland, Oregon
    Posts
    888
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Here are instructions to build your own from old bike parts. I haven't tried it but it looks like a sensible design--even attaches at the stays!

    http://re-cycle.org/trailer/instructions.html

  16. #16
    Patrick Barber weed eater's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Portland, Oregon
    Posts
    888
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by patc
    Wike. I have the large flatbed - reasonably cheap, and I can bungee anything to it, including my studio light kit. I got two plastic bins ($6 each) for grocery shopping.

    http://www.wike.ca/lct.htm
    I am really impressed by the Wike site...those flatbeds are the most practically-designed, reasonably-priced trailers I have seen yet.

  17. #17
    eert a ekil yzarc SpiderMike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Location
    Pasadena TX
    My Bikes
    many bikes
    Posts
    2,559
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by weed eater
    I am really impressed by the Wike site...those flatbeds are the most practically-designed, reasonably-priced trailers I have seen yet.
    I second that. Oh and looked those trailer instructions, that looks like it would fun to build. But I'll stick to buying a trailer to start with.


    And the comments on handling. Wish my LBS had trailer to stock, let alone to demo. Come to think of it, I have yet to see a trailer in any Houston area LBS I have visited. Sure some of that is timing.

    Oh and thanks, and thanks again for y'all's input.

  18. #18
    Patrick Barber weed eater's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Portland, Oregon
    Posts
    888
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    the biggest thing that will affect handling is whether it attaches at the rear axle stays or not. Some trailers attach to your seat post--avoid those.

    seems like 1 wheel or 2 has all kinds of pros and cons. I generally recommend 2 wheels for utility/in-town cargo use, since you can stop and put down the bike with the trailer attached, the trailer can stand on its own, etc. But I've never tried the 1-wheel models. I understand they are great for lighter loads, longer trips, and things where tracking is essential, like off road.

  19. #19
    .
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    .
    My Bikes
    .
    Posts
    3,094
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    In all fairness, a Burley Nomad would have a hard time on the singletrack.

  20. #20
    'possum killer chuckfox's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Ames, Iowa
    My Bikes
    mountain bike (Litespeed Pisgah), touring bike (Giant Frankenbike), tandem (Burley Samba), fixie (Raleigh Rush Hour)
    Posts
    252
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have owned both 1 and 2 wheeled trailers. The BOB trailer (1 wheeled) has much better handling characteristics than the 2 wheelers when lightly loaded. You really can't tell its back there other than the bike feels heavier when pedalling and you hear it bounce around now and then. However, when the load gets heavy the BOB's handling characteristics decline rapidly and the two wheelers are far better.

  21. #21
    Ric
    Ric is offline
    Strada, GTT2s, Hotmover Ric's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    191
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Your talking about pulling with a bike , Has anyone ever tried pulling one with a trike. I'm thinking of the Nomad behind my catrike with small ice chest for store runs.
    http://rrsc.forumotion.com/index.htm Recumbent Riders Social Club
    http://lawncare.forumsmotion.com/ Lawn And Landscape Forum
    http://cyclingdiscussion.forumotion.net/ Cycling Discussion Forum

  22. #22
    'possum killer chuckfox's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Ames, Iowa
    My Bikes
    mountain bike (Litespeed Pisgah), touring bike (Giant Frankenbike), tandem (Burley Samba), fixie (Raleigh Rush Hour)
    Posts
    252
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The guy I purchased my BOB trailer from used it on a trike. I think he just put a BOB skewer through the drive wheel on the trike and was good to tow.

  23. #23
    Senior Member cabana 4 life's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    chicago,il
    Posts
    825
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    just go all out. http://www.pedicab.com/

    i have a pedicab im thinking of getting a box for it,man you could haul any thing.ive had 700 pounds in the back off my cab
    thats my two cents

  24. #24
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    portland or
    Posts
    1,888
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    depends on how much weight you want to haul around. I did 137# on the burley flatbed but thats pushing it. I wanted a traielr that could really haul loads. i was going to get one from bikes at work but they were 6 weeks out. so I built three of them. the green one is for 300# loads so I can haul about anything. the yellow is for work to haul lumber and such about 200# I towed a 200# box 10 miles with it.
    I jsut finished a thrird that I forgot to take a picture of. I made the yellow one from my burley flatbed ad it cost less then buying the parts to do so from someone. but then I wanted a light trailer for small stuff so I made a ligth one that was simple to build and uses the same wheels as the yellow one.

  25. #25
    Patrick Barber weed eater's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Portland, Oregon
    Posts
    888
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Ric
    Your talking about pulling with a bike , Has anyone ever tried pulling one with a trike. I'm thinking of the Nomad behind my catrike with small ice chest for store runs.
    The Catrike is a two-in-front trike, yes? So you'd just use the rear wheel as you would on a 2-wheel bike. And enjoy the benefits of a lower center of gravity, better stability, and a smaller/stronger wheel, of course!

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •