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Old 06-08-13, 09:12 AM   #1
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Trailer question?

Hi guys and gals

I am looking around for a new road bike. The comfort style bikes might be up my ally, Roubaix, Synapse, Domane, etc. I would also like to use this bike for a 4 or 5 day ride this fall. At first, I thought I would try to travel really light (staying in hotels). But I think that may be too idealistic if i get into trouble. So, I am going to probably bring a tent, etc. I am thinking about getting a Bob trailer or buying an AL seat post and using some sort of post mounting setup.

Last night when I went to check out a Synapse, the salesman tried to first steer me to buying a cross bike as he was unsure if the rear triangle would be capable of towing a trailer. What say you? Do ya think I can use a Bob trailer or seat post rack on a carbon frame??? Any help would be appreciated, or if you can suggest some other resources that would be great. Thanks.
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Old 06-08-13, 12:09 PM   #2
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I wouldn't on a carbon frame. I know it doesn't take much to over tighten on carbon. And more than once I've miss judged my proximity to a sign post when taking off from being parked next to it. That abrupt stop could probably damage your seat/chain stays.
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You'll probably have better luck with this question over in the Touring forum, but my thought is that if you're just looking to do this one, short trip and may or may not do more loaded touring in the future, get the bike you want for the 99% of your riding, and adapt it as best you can for this trip. I think a carbon frame would be fine for fitting with an axle mount trailer for the one trip. Rather than a BOB, though, I'd look at an Extrawheel trailer (http://www.extrawheel.com), and just pack your stuff in panniers to hang on it.
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Tubus racks w/quickrelease adaptor
there are a couple that work with a road bike style rear brake bolt mount.

seatpost mount racks are no good for a camping load of any kind.

I'd go with a Tubus fly, a pair of small (front style) panniers on it (Ortlieb or Lone Peak or something cheap & light from Performance or REI) and stay in hotels for a 4 -5 day trip unless camping is really really needed or desired. Adding in the camping gear really bogs you down, and then you'll be wanting lower gears on your bike, too.
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Just get a touring or cross bike.

You'll want the bigger tires for carrying loads as well. The difference between my cross bike and my roadie is somewhat negligible if I run 23mm tires on the cross bike. But I can also run 32+ for other kinds of riding.
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Instead of Tubus Fly, look at http://civiacycles.com/components/mission_rack
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One of my first rides with my wife I was pedaling slowly so that I would drop her and guy on a Specialized Tarmac pulling a dog trailer with barking dog passed me. It was all I could do keep from chasing him. I didn't want to drop my wife but doesn't do much for your ego to have a dog trainer with a barking Shih Tzu pass you. Anyway, the trailer hooked to the seat post and didn't seem to make contact with the frame.
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I'd be much more comfortable using an axle mount trailer on a lightweight carbon frame than rigging up a frame mounted rack. The stress on the bike with a trailer is much less, and it's borne at the most rigid points of the bike.
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Hey guys, thanks for your thoughts. I will defiantly keep in mind the trailer suggestions. I ended up buying a bike that will work for most of my riding - a Roubaix. I just intend on making something work for this one ride. I may also have access to one of friends bikes that might be a bit more appropriate of this one ride. Thanks again!
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Good choice on the bike. For whatever it's worth I tow a 2-kid trailer with my Roubaix quite a bit. Trailer probably weighs 50lbs, and the kids weigh an additional 50lbs. The trailer mounts using a special rear axle skewer, and the only slight downside is one side of the skewer is large as it's the hitching point, and that has probably rubbed off a 2mm section of paint around the dropout.
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