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Old 08-15-08, 07:12 AM   #1
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trailer and aluminum frame

We have the type of bike trailer that "clamps" onto the frame tubing (just ahead of the rear dropouts)
Can I connect the trailer to my aluminum frame road bike or will the clamp crush the tubing?
I have had this trailer for many year but have always used it with a steel frame Mtn bike.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 08-15-08, 07:29 AM   #2
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Although my trainer uses the skewers to attach, your aluminum frame should withstand that no problem. However, does your trailer offer a skewer hitch mechanism?
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Old 08-15-08, 08:05 AM   #3
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It sure doesn't.
The trailer clamps onto the frame only

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Old 08-15-08, 01:51 PM   #4
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I had this same concern and according to my LBS it would not be a problem, and I have not seen any indication of damage to the frame.
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Old 08-16-08, 05:20 PM   #5
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I had a problem with a clamp only trailer attachment. The clamp was designed for a round shaped steel chain stay. My aluminum bike's chainstays are more oval shaped and it was not possible to get a good attachment. If your chainstays are not "classic" in shape, I would suggest returning the trailer you have and buying one with a quick release or other type of attachment mechanism.
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It will crush the stay if you tighten it beyond all recognition. Tighten normally and you'll be fine.
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my gary fisher has pretty thick rear stays and they turn rectangular where they meet the dropouts - I wrapped the stay with some electrical tape and mount the clamp slighty forward than I would otherwise... works well enough. I would prefer one of the skewer mounted units but the price was right. ($75 nashbar unit) - I was thinking of adapting one of the mounts from the nicer trailers eventually.
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Thanks for the info everyone. This was a great help.
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