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Old 09-03-05, 01:54 PM   #1
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Trailer

Can anyone suggest a good trailer to buy? I have sold my car, and I never want to buy another one, ever, I am done!
I always am going around with stuff, it is a habit that is hard to break. Sooooo, I was wondering if you would be so kind as to give some feedback on some of your personal experiences with trailers.

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well it depends on what and how much you want to haul. plus how much you want to spend. I have a burley flat bed that is not too bad. limited to about 100# I have built three trailers as I wanted one that could haul up to 300# and it cost less to build them. the wider the base the less chance the trailer will flip too.
converting a kids trailer is usualy pretty cost effetive.
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Whatever you need to haul, you can get a trailer here.
http://www.bikesatwork.com/
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Whatever you need to haul, you can get a trailer here.
http://www.bikesatwork.com/
I almost got one of his trailers but with a 6 week wait and 450.00 I desided to build my own. I bought the wheels and axle from him but after buying the wood I had enough for another trailer. for the cost of one of his trailers I build three of them and got a cheap mountain bike to tow them. though his are ligther then mine an I like his design.
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Why not try to build your own ? check this link out ,it looks good too .
http://www.drumbent.com/trailer.html
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I will post a couple of pics of my trailers. I don't have a pic of the light one and I jsut got some aluminum tubing to remake the tow hitch but these are easy to build and will hold 200 to 300 pounds. I made a lighter duty one but I don't have a pic yet.
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If you're looking to buy one rather than build one, we own one of these and really enjoy it:

http://www.bikerev.com/

I especially like the attachment system. I got extras and can pull it with all of my bikes...

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If you're looking to buy one rather than build one, we own one of these and really enjoy it:

http://www.bikerev.com/

I especially like the attachment system. I got extras and can pull it with all of my bikes...

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the idea is good but the price is pretty high for what you get. plus it is not very verisile since hte trailer is the tote. a burley flat bed will work better and you can do more with it. plus it is only 199.00 with free shipping. the design also puts far mroe load on the bike then the trailer since the wheels are so far back.
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Just bought the Nomad from Power on Cycles and should be here by Wed. next week or you can try this site http://www.healthchecksystems.com/bicycle_trailers.htm the flatbed is $184 and shipping is free on all burley trailors.
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Why not try to build your own ? check this link out ,it looks good too .
http://www.drumbent.com/trailer.html
Couldn't you just buy pvc elbows instead of bending straight pipe? I would think it would be alot easier, and the elbows and connectors are pretty cheap (the job I just left is in a home improvement store).

If you wanted a light-duty one, you could probably use the super-inexpensive (but very durable) white plastic pvc pipe, too. Pipe cement (and the proper connector pieces) would hold the whole thing together. You could even use copper tubing and elbows if you wanted; I think those are cheaper than the heavier metal pvc, but could hold quite a load, especially built in a frame like that.

I have a couple of wheels from a dirt bike (my parts bike); I may get some of that copper pipe and try it out. I have plans for a simlilar one that I downloaded in PDF; I'm not sure but it may have been from the Bikes at Work site, or certainly a similar site. I'd have to study the hitches, though; my idea was to attach it to the back of the rack part of my saddlebag-type rear baskets. I'm not sure how steady I'd be pulling a heavy load either way, but one of these days I may get the chance to try it

I've even seen a picture of one that someone built; it was a long flatbed trailer, with a recycled ironing board (just the metal frame, no fabric or legs) as the bed, it was pretty cool!

I need to build my own so that it's kind of longish, but narrow enough to go down a sidewalk; I deliver newspapers in the wee hours of the morning, and the baskets just don't hold all of the papers for two routes, or I could bike the whole thing from my house and leave the car at home. I'm up and down driveways and sidewalks the entire time. It would probably be bad if one of the trailer wheels bumped up in the grass and dumped my papers all over somebody's front lawn.

Even so, I would probably only use it on Sundays, if I get the papers early enough, because they're just too big to all fit in my baskets, even one route's worth. I'm still waiting on that nifty front-and-back newspaper carrier vest for the other six days of the week

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PVC is pretty flexy and most likly would break after awhile. copper is expnesive and pretty soft and heavy. plywood is easy and cheap and very strong.
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Here's a pic of a pvc built trailer. It looks strong enough for touring but I wouldn't want to put more than 50 lbs in it.
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Take a look at these:

http://www.wicycle.com/index.htm
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Take a look at these:

http://www.wicycle.com/index.htm
Thanks for posting the link. These trailers look great, the prices even better, and THEIR REPLACEMENT PART POLICY BEATs THE HECK OUT OF BURLEY's. Yet, the hitch seems pretty inconvenient. Is the hitch as awkward as it looks?
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Couldn't you just buy pvc elbows instead of bending straight pipe? I would think it would be alot easier, and the elbows and connectors are pretty cheap (the job I just left is in a home improvement store).

If you wanted a light-duty one, you could probably use the super-inexpensive (but very durable) white plastic pvc pipe, too. Pipe cement (and the proper connector pieces) would hold the whole thing together. You could even use copper tubing and elbows if you wanted; I think those are cheaper than the heavier metal pvc, but could hold quite a load, especially built in a frame like that.

I have a couple of wheels from a dirt bike (my parts bike); I may get some of that copper pipe and try it out. I have plans for a simlilar one that I downloaded in PDF; I'm not sure but it may have been from the Bikes at Work site, or certainly a similar site. I'd have to study the hitches, though; my idea was to attach it to the back of the rack part of my saddlebag-type rear baskets. I'm not sure how steady I'd be pulling a heavy load either way, but one of these days I may get the chance to try it

I've even seen a picture of one that someone built; it was a long flatbed trailer, with a recycled ironing board (just the metal frame, no fabric or legs) as the bed, it was pretty cool!

I need to build my own so that it's kind of longish, but narrow enough to go down a sidewalk; I deliver newspapers in the wee hours of the morning, and the baskets just don't hold all of the papers for two routes, or I could bike the whole thing from my house and leave the car at home. I'm up and down driveways and sidewalks the entire time. It would probably be bad if one of the trailer wheels bumped up in the grass and dumped my papers all over somebody's front lawn.

Even so, I would probably only use it on Sundays, if I get the papers early enough, because they're just too big to all fit in my baskets, even one route's worth. I'm still waiting on that nifty front-and-back newspaper carrier vest for the other six days of the week
Iv'e thought about the bending ... why not use tent poles with the bends on one end ? just cut the other end to the length you want slide them together drill a hole and bolt them together ? no welding needed .
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Check out the Touring section. There are a couple of good ideas there. I like this one: http://www.otivia.com/lawnchair.htm
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Here are some pics of a trailer I built today out of an old babies high chair and a bent tent pole . The tent pole as you can see in the pics was a perfect size sleeve for the joints. I thought the wheel securing arms were quite clever .










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Coool! Nice job! (and nice cruiser btw hehe)

I did a little "dumpster diving" (okay, I biked down a few alleys after finishing my morning paper routes lol) and picked up the back of a nice wooden highback chair that someone was throwing out. It's very dusty, bit it's also real wood, not cheap junk, and I think it will make a very interesting flatbed trailer! I think the bend in the side pieces, under he backrest (hard to describe, sorry), will be a good place to connect a hitch. I can also use a drill, if need be, to attach the wheels, since it's good solid wood.

Also, when I went to drop the lot rent last night (we own a mobile home), I noticed somebody apparently dumped the entire contents of a house into the dumpster by the barn. I picked up five of those crate-type shelving sections (plastic, square, blue, like new) that I may find a use for elsewhere. The other thing I spotted was a small table; the top was junk, paper-covered chipboard, but I did unscrew the legs and take 'em home. Dunno if they'll come in handy for my trailer, but they might! If not I'll use them to make a chair (or, say, a table? lol).

Not sure when I'll get to work on it but I'll post pics when I do.

And someday soon, when I have a little extra $, I'll take my pop cans to the recycling place, and ask about looking around for stuff I could buy/have to re-use. You never know, I may find an old bike in there, or even a trailer! I'm still kicking myself for missing an event a few weeks ago at the dump in a nearby city; they apparently had a zillion bicycles there, all sizes and makes, and were offering them to the public on a first-come basis. I forgot to go

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Hey, that Wike cargo trailer looks great! I think I like it more than the Burley one as you can get extra hitches for it...I think I read somewhere that you can't get extra ones for the burley?

I think I like that Wike more than my BikeRev trailer!



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... Yet, the hitch seems pretty inconvenient. Is the hitch as awkward as it looks?
The hitch is pretty straight forward, but it seems to favor attaching to quick-release axles and vertical dropouts more than anything else. I've not tried attaching a hitch to my nutted-axle bikes as I wouldn't want the trailer (Double Moonlite) to pull my wheel askew (I commute most frequently on a bike with horizontal dropouts). But the best thing about Wikes is that you can fold the trailer arm up and use it as a push handle. Very good quality materials and workmanship too.
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What do you guys/gals think of the using one of those older red/yellow Burley kid trailers, and turning it into a flatbed trailer? I don't think that these fold, since that came later in the evolution of Burley. . . but what do you guys think of these older Burley trailers?

I ask because I recently found one for sale for about $85 . . . which is $115 cheaper then a new Burley flatbed.
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Apologies for the size of this, however, the initial message did ask for more than a simple review/recommendation.

I've owned a Bikesatwork.com model 64 trailer since early July.
I use a Specialized Comfort bike as the prime-mover with economy wheels (my kingdom for a real rear wheel!)
The heaviest load I've hauled was an estimated 150lbs. (it was a Costco run with mass-quantities of canned good, frozen foods, juice boxes, laundry soap). It took me 20 minutes to get to the store and 25 minutes to make it home with the load.
The BAW trailers use 18 gallon Roughneck Rubbermaid containers which don't keep out the heat very well so I'm looking for a durable Ice-chest with about the same footprint as an 18 gal. Roughneck. if you're going to the laundromat, hauling grocieries, or you need to keep things dry the roughnecks are a great way to compartmentalize and transport things. You can even stack them if you're using some long shock cords.

Trailer Usage:
I use it at least twice a week for hauling a weeks' worth of groceries, and transporing large amounts of Diet soda (21~24 ltrs) to work and home, and transporting filtered water (~8-12 gallons).
I also use it to transport large purchases so my family can use public transportation to the mall or Costco or clothing outlets and I shuttle the cargo home.
In a week I easily put 50 miles on it.

I researched trailers looking for something which would allow me to do all the things I've mentioned and this trailer has performed admirably.
I even fashioned some guards out of thorn-resistant inner-tube for the two corners at the end of the trailer so when I lock up the bicycle I stand the trailer on it's end with the hitch-tube up and towards the bicycle and use a second U-LOCK to lock the trailer to the top-tube of the bicycle which is locked securely to a bike-rack.

Pros:
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Great hitch,
great wheels,
easy maintenance,
and for a 64" trailer it's pretty light (~40 lbs),
300lb. capacity,
tracks well,
suitable for heavy loads (all BAW trailers fit this spec),
fenders,
you can daisy chain multiple BAW trailers

Cons:
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Cost, but then I'm willing to pay to get a good product from a US company,
Socializing: If you're an introvert this trailer could be detrimental--everyday I'm riding with this trailer is another day someone asks me about it. I've talked to more people about cycling in the last 2 months than I have in the nearly 20 years I've been commuting.

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you can get extra hitches for it...I think I read somewhere that you can't get extra ones for the burley?
You don't need extra hitches for the Burley. The design of the Burley hitch leaves nothing attached to the bicycle when the trailer is disconnected, so you can freely move it from one bicycle to another.
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I own a Chariot kids trailer and I love the hitch. It is very easy to use and very secure. I've been looking for a good trailer for a long time and found this one. www.bikebox.ca The wike trailers look great too, but IMHO, this one is better. Give them a look!
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I own a Chariot kids trailer and I love the hitch. It is very easy to use and very secure. I've been looking for a good trailer for a long time and found this one. www.bikebox.ca The wike trailers look great too, but IMHO, this one is better. Give them a look!
man that trailer has to be about the most expensive one I have seen for what you get. I built mine like that for about 140.00 including light 20" wheels.
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