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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.

    TR

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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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    It sure doesn't.
    The trailer clamps onto the frame only

    Todd

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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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    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.
    Bikes use brakes to stop.

    If your bike has breaks, don't ride it.

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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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