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    trailer and a bike with a disc brake

    Hi y'all;

    I'm looking around for a child trailer for my 8 month old daughter, and then suddenly recalled that I couldn't fit a rear rack on my bike because of the disc brake. I just called our LBS and asked, and the guy told me that he seldom saw any bike with disc brakes that works with a trailer.

    I saw that burley has something like a extra attachment kit to make their trailers fit with bikes with disc brake, but I was more looking at the cheaper line of models, such as instep or even a walmart stuff such as master cycle trailer.

    Is there a solution to this problem? Any suggestions? $300+ for the burley is a little too much for a graduate student.

    Thanks a lot.

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    Check your bike. Chances are that there might be brake bosses for v-brakes on the seatstays. If so, you could replace the rear disk brake by a v-brake and keep the front disk.


    In the trailers department.

    Many trailers attach only to the left chainstay. On most bikes, it means no interference with the disk brake. Try to borrow a trailer to try it and see if it fits.

    Also, the Chariot (http://chariotcarriers.com/) used to have such an attachment, but now uses a clamp that bolts on the hub through the quick release. Good news is that they sell (or have sold) the newer attachment so that owners of old Chariots can upgrade theirs. I bought the part for about $25 two years ago.
    AFAIK, Chariots make the Trek child trailers sold in U.S..

    Chances are that the "upgrade kit" would work with most other bike trailers, but you'd better check with a trailer in hand.


    In terms of racks: Old Man Mountain makes a rack that fits a bike with disk brakes.
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    Montréal (Québec, Canada)

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    Dud
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    Reply to my own question:

    I wrote to Burley and Instep with the following question:
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    Q: I have a motobecane 600ht bike with a disc brake.
    I would like to ask which of your child
    trailer would fit a bike with a disc brake.
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    Response from Instep:
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    A: Any of the trailers should work just fine as long as
    the axel or skewer on you bike is long enough. If it
    isn't, you should talk to you bike shop to see if they
    could supply you with a longer one.
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    This is from Burley.
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    A: Sorry - The best way to attach a trailer to a bike
    with disc brakes it to use our Burley Alternative Hitch
    which allows the trailer to attach to the rear wheel
    rather than the frame. The Alt hitch usually sells for
    around $40.
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    I went to my LBS with my bike today. Their story is that
    the trailer they had (AL550, I think it's the elite trailer)
    will work with my bike. However, they weren't sure whether
    other Instep models would work or not. I assume, from
    the response from Instep above, that they will probably
    work.

    I asked my LBS to check with Instep and see if they can
    order other cheaper models that works with my bike.

    Burley is simply too costly for me, even more with the alternative
    hitch. Nonetheless, I have to admit that they make the
    coolest trailer out there. I checked out Burley D'lite and Instep
    trailers at my LBS, put my daughter in both trailers. and I even
    think she had a bigger smile in the Burley's.
    Or maybe it was just my thought. Dang I want one of that.

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    InStep trailers will work with disc brakes. You attach a hitch to the end of your QR and the trailer attaches to the hitch.
    Bikes use brakes to stop.

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

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    I had an older Schwinn trailer given to me. Because of the nature of the chainstays and the fact that I have disc brakes as well, I was unable to use it. I went to the LBS and bought the square tubing piece that inserts into the trailer frame and fastens to your bike. This one was made by Trek and included the QR and uses a ball socket mounted on the QR so that it works with disc equipped bikes. Oddly enough, the square tubing used for the hitch seems to be of common dimensions for most trailers out there.
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    I've posted this before but here it is again. Check out Chariot. We have been using one for some time now and both our bikes have disc brakes. Their product is very nice and holds up well. Here is a pic of my bike with it attached so if it works on a 7" travel disc equipped bike I am sure it will work with yours

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