Insane Bicycle Mechanic
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: other Vancouver
Originally Posted by tandempair
We want to get a trailer to transport or tandem Terra Trike, preferably one that we can put the grandkids bikes in too. When our TT is broken down, there is no room for the grandkids in the car, much less their bikes. Found a reasonably priced, lightweight one at Harbor Freight's website:
This trailer is actually 4 inches too short, but we are hoping that a friend of ours, who is a welder, will be able to modify it. We are wondering what others do to transport their tandem trikes without breaking them down. We've seen pics of some trailers just for tandem trikes, figured those must be custom made. We need one that will do OK on Interstate travel. Won't need it until spring, but thought it would be good to get some ideas now.
The Harbor Freight trailers are OK, but remember that they're sprung for a load of several hundred pounds. A 60 pound trike isn't going to weigh it down much, and the trailer will want to bounce around- a lot
. Removing or rearranging the leaf springs can lower the spring rate and make it more manageable, as well as adding concrete blocks (suitably secured) over the axle. A better starting point might be a kayak trailer: http://www.discount-trailers.com/por...oe-trailer.htm
, since it's the right length and sprung appropriately.
While they're pricey, the SportsRig trailers are built specifically for carrying light loads: http://www.hdtrailer.fix.net/index.php
. One of my friends uses one to carry his Quest velomobile, and he's done many thousands of miles on Interstates without an issue.
If you build something yourself, really think through how the trike is going to be held on the trailer. With all the vibration and bouncing, things will loosen up in a hurry. Anything that's bolted together should have lockwashers or nylock nuts... or both. If you use plywood decking, seal it well on the top, bottom, and edges, and use large fender washers to hold the deck to the frame.
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Last edited by Jeff Wills; 11-03-09 at 11:19 PM.