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Old 12-31-05, 11:49 AM   #1
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kayak trailer question?

I have a 15 foot plastic kayak (ocean kayak prowler) which (I like very much)
the drive to the beach is between 10 to 15 miles and should be doable on bike
but if anyone has actually tried a bicycle kayak trailer and can comment on
them it would be appreciated.
The other thing I wonder about is would I be able to keep the bike trailer
from being stolen as I am gone for a few hours
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Old 12-31-05, 04:17 PM   #2
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Kayak trailering by bike...

As a long time kayak type myself with decent water about 9 miles away, I have wondered about that same question for quite a while. I have come to the conclusion that while it would be cool, its probably outside of practical reality. Not so much that you couldn't pull the weight. 120 lbs of kayak+trailer+gear is fine, its the length that I think will cause the problems, especially when you get onto the road in actual traffic.
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Old 12-31-05, 04:37 PM   #3
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i asked the same question awhile back my kayak and my bike
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Old 12-31-05, 05:45 PM   #4
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In the Bike Friday folding bikes catalog (page 5), there's a quote by a cyclist who tours with an inflatable kayak which he tows in the trailer-suitcase behind him. When he wants to go by water, he folds the bike up, puts it in the suitcase, and takes it with him in the boat. When he wants to go by bike, he reverses the procedure. The beauty of this, of course, is that he never has to leave his bike at a fixed point that he has go back to and retrieve, and he can adventure from place to place.

Ever since reading that, I've wanted to get one of those things.

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Old 12-31-05, 06:56 PM   #5
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dont they make dollies so you can portage a kayak over a long distance.....ive seen it somewhere with a waist belt....can you work with something like that
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Old 01-01-06, 07:52 PM   #6
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These guys make a trailer that can carry up to an 18 ft kayak:
http://www.bikesatwork.com/bike-trai...-bike-trailer/
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I use the Wike Woody Wagon to tow my 14'7" canoe 3-10+ miles depending on where I want to go.

http://www.wicycle.com/kit.htm

I tow my Burley Flatbed Utility Trailer to work almost daily

http://www.burley.com/products/trail...?p=Flatbed&i=7
and what I have found is, that the canoe with all my stuff in it for a day of duck hunting and bass fishing is a looong and heeeavyyy trailer. My Townie3, being my most stable bike, does the best job of towing it, over my other four bikes. My road bike is pretty much a lost cause for this. No hills here, but one or another sand road is unavoidable to get to any of my destinations.

This boat ramp is almost exactly three miles from the house and the shortest ride I have to get to the river, but I can go to other sections of the river, or hit the bay.


This trailer disassembles and packs into an optional bag sold by Wike. With that, I can take the bike and trailer with me and take out somewhere else, but his may not be feasible with a kayak.


Besides being the most stable bike I have, with the Townie I can wear whatever I want for hunting and/or fishing and don't have to worry about changing clothes when I transition from the bike.
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Old 01-02-06, 08:48 AM   #8
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CommuterRun -- very cool pics. I love the idea of being able to bike to other recreational opportunities. Definitely a creative solution.
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Old 01-12-06, 02:48 PM   #9
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The 96" Bikes at Work trailer works great for hauling kayaks, canoes, wind surfboards ladders, lumber, whatever. We have a couple that are equipped with an optional rack that we regularly use to haul 12' aluminum bike parking racks. Handling on the road is not difficult. As for security, just lock your bike to the trailer while paddling. This is a rig that hauls more than most vehicles and will not fit into anything smaller than a U-haul truck!
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