Pulling a child in a trailer
I am going to go look at a Burley trailer today after work. I am planning on picking up a hybrid to pull it behind because I am not too sure if it would cause any un wanted stress on my carbon frame and I also would like to have a kickstand on the bike it is attached to so I am not always looking for something to lean it up against. My questions I guess is do any of you pull a trailer with your carbon road bikes? Also, do you ride your normal routes on the road in bike lanes or do you stick to trails and sidewalks? Kind of nervous about the whole situation because my daughter (first child) is just turning one. But at the same time I am really excited to get her out with me.
Nope, I pull my Burley with an aluminum road bike. But I do take it out on on-road bike paths. On one occasion pulled the burley up CA39 in Southern California, which is a 2-lane mountain road. I was kindof nervous that day, but I had no problems whatsoever.
Not sure how towing would affect a carbon frame.
As for towing, I'm using mainly trails (in Denver). However, to honest, the trails aren't necessarily safer than the roads. Cars seem to be willing to yield and give you some space, especially when they see the baby trailer. OTOH, on bike trails I've been cut off, been passed with a on coming biker approaching, been passed going into a blind corner, etc, etc, etc. A bike-on-bike accident can be dangerous too.
In the trailer towing days, I stuck to residential streets, roads with good shoulders, and non-busy roads. I find roads much less stressful than trails, as drivers are far more predictable and courteous than many (clueless, putting it mildly) trail users.
Also the "hitch" that Burleys (and chariots) come with is flexible, so you can lay your bike down while attached to the trailer.
Last edited by Jimi77; 07-03-11 at 09:43 PM.
I ride on quiet roads with my kids in the trailer, but tend to avoid anything too large and busy. Drivers tend to react much better to cyclists with trailers than lone cyclists.
The main concern I would have with using a nice road bike to pull a trailer is the gearing. IMO you absolutely need a triple to pull a trailer with children in it up any sort of hill. My lowest gear is 28-28 and it is pretty borderline on some hills when 2 children + accessories are loaded.
Originally Posted by mhifoe