Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Montréal (Québec)
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Quite a few people use a tandem with a single-wheel or dual-wheel trailer, either for cargo or for a child, so it can definitely be done.
I, for one, have used a single bike with trailercycle and child trailer (yes, both together), and a tandem bike (with child stoker) with either the trailer for cargo or the trailercycle (for a second child), and I have used the tandem 2-3 times with trailercycle AND child trailer (for cargo).
It works quite well, but there are a few things to note:
1. Get low gears. On most bikes, it's fairly easy to replace the granny by a smaller one, to get more aptitude in hills.
2. The 2-wheel trailer is very stable, so pulling it with the tandem (or any other bike) won't make it less stable.
3. By itself, a tandem isn't too suited to very tight turns. There is something in the design/geometry/stability that doesn't seem to work great for u-turns on a dime. Adding a trailer (or a trailercycle) won't change that too much.
4. If you like to ride tight trails or bike/multiple-use paths that seem to have been designed by someone who never cycled, then the pulling the trailer through those oblstacle courses will be a challenge in itself, and even more on a tandem. On the other hand, I have no problem at all in the street, neither in dealing with traffic nor in dealing with intersections.
5. The child trailer may be moved easily from one bike to another.