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    Aluminum for Towing....

    I was just wondering if anybody has ever towed a 1 year old with an aluminum framed bike. I have a (current) max limit of 2 bikes and the one I will be towing the youngin with will also be my commuter. I'm looking at getting either a Trek 1.x, Specialized Secteur, or Scott Speedster s30/s50.

    If anybody can provide some insight that would be helpful.

    Thank you.
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    You should have no issues. I have yet to hear or read of a case of frame failure due to towing a child in a trailer.

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    Awesome, thank you.
    Quote Originally Posted by snowman40
    If you must speed up to pass me, you don't deserve to pass me
    Quote Originally Posted by abstractform20 View Post
    farts are greatly appreciated as long as the other riders are talented and experienced. at the precise moment of release, a vacuum is formed. this is the optimal time for the rider behind you to get as aero as possible and "ride the brown rhino". his face should be within 2-3mm of the anus to receive maximum benefit (reduced drag...duh, its in a vacuum). i have hit speeds of over 53mph in such conditions.

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    Should have no issues....I tow a cargo trailer all the time with one of my beater bikes.....its a cheapo aluminum frame that I found in an alley......I think it was an X mart road bike...
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    I've got a specialized secteur. Tows a trailer fine and an Adams trail-a-bike clamps onto the seatpost fine. It is stable and usable for both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by masiman View Post
    You should have no issues. I have yet to hear or read of a case of frame failure due to towing a child in a trailer.
    ... what if it was a 500lb child?

    Actually, the trailer would probably fail first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    ... what if it was a 500lb child?

    Actually, the trailer would probably fail first.
    The mountain descents would be interesting.

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    I have one of Burly's trailers, and their QR based alternative hitch
    and there is no need for any fittings on the frame at all .
    the QR axle is steel after all.. the rest of it is just there to move it all forward.

    their standard forged aluminum hitch is held under the QR lever,
    the alternative one is free to rotate .

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    ... what if it was a 500lb child?

    Actually, the trailer would probably fail first.
    .....I have yet to hear or read of a 500lb child.

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    IMHO- I think you would be better off with a hybrid for towing and commuting. Drop handlebars and skinny tires make you less stable and more prone to have an accident (head down). You should consider a Trek FX, Specialized Sirrus, or Cannondale Quick series bikes. You may also find them less costly than a road bike. Road bikes are great for distances over 20 miles but less than that you pay extra for less weight, less comfort, etc.

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