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Old 03-22-16, 12:57 PM   #1
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How many of you tow trailers/child carriers, etc with your tandem?

We just bought a Thule chariot and it got me thinking... How many other tandem teams pull some sort of tow along accessory be it for your child, your pet or for a weekend worth of supplies?

BONUS POINTS if you have a photo.


I will be getting our current tandem out of storage this weekend likely with the Thule attached while I build up our new bike.

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Count us in.

We generally would go 1-2 hours then stop at a park or for treats. Get the kid tired and go another 1-2 hours.

We did that with both 1 and two child trailers.

Load the trailer with toys , food and drink and have the ipad or dvd player on standby.
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The grand kids are older now so we no longer use the Burley trailer. We towed it behind singles, tandems, triplet and tagalong. I will still pull the tagalong depending on the number of grand kids riding. We also have a BOB trailer we tow for cargo.
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The grand kids are older now so we no longer use the Burley trailer. We towed it behind singles, tandems, triplet and tagalong. I will still pull the tagalong depending on the number of grand kids riding. We also have a BOB trailer we tow for cargo.
Awesome pic. We did a similar set up, but with a tandem, not a triple.
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Used a bob for several years, then upgraded to this this dom, to cut weight and space to take too much!
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We have used a BoB trailer for s24o's with our Cannondale tandem
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Yep, we've been towing our 6 mo old in the trailer, trying to get out and ride more often.

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We occasionally tow a small trailer with our two 15lb dogs in it. When we first started we noticed a couple of things right away. First, we had to go down one gear. Second, drivers gave us a lot more room than when we rode without the trailer.

My wife, never known for leaving well enough alone, put a "Kids on Board" sign on the back of the trailer. She explained that children are grown, so now the pups are our "kids".

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No photos, but my daughter and I towed a BOB trailer for eight weeks on a tour of the Rockies (when she was 8) and then on a coast-to-coast ride when she was 10. You feel it when riding uphill, but otherwise, you tend to forget it is there.

Later, we briefly had a Trail-a-Bike attached to our triplet so that my wife, two daughters and I could ride together.
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Often pulled a Burley trailer when the two kids were small. Most of those miles were on a Motobecane tandem when we lived in Alaska. It was fairly easy to ride to the many outdoor ice rinks so everyone could skate. Photos from those years haven't made it to the scanner yet. /K
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We just bought a Thule chariot and it got me thinking... How many other tandem teams pull some sort of tow along accessory be it for your child, your pet or for a weekend worth of supplies?

BONUS POINTS if you have a photo.


I will be getting our current tandem out of storage this weekend likely with the Thule attached while I build up our new bike.

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We each individually decided we hated the trailer and would rather use a rear seat on our singles, so that's what has wound up on our tandem as well. Getting on is kind of a hassle but it rides just fine.
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Loved our Burley Solo behind our tandem, and used it for about four years or so. We had our son in it at about 7 months or so, using a car seat that I securely installed in the trailer. Even took the tandem and trailer to Europe a few times and did day rides from a fixed vacation rental apartment. We did one overnight tour with the trailer along the C&O canal path, which did not go too well since the C&O path is basically a dirt double-track, and the trailer always had one wheel in the center rough strip. It was supposed to be a four day tour, but it got shortened to two days (Georgetown to Leesburg, Virginia, along the C&O, and then back to Georgetown via the W&OD paved path).

Attached photo is with the car seat in the trailer. No, he did not have a helmet at this stage, but we only rode on bike paths and I figured the combo of the trailer with the roll cage and the car seat with the secure harness was more than safe enough. Of course when he was old enough we had him wear a helmet.

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When our girls were small, 30+ years ago we had one of the first Burley trailers and had it attached to our old Gitane tandem. In those days trailers and tandems were a rare sight so we always were getting stopped to check out our long rig. Fast forward to today and we tried putting our two grandsons into a trailer and they nearly took each other out on the first ride. Far different then our two girls.
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Old family videos.
this setup we had on the tandem, but my wife couldn't film:
https://vimeo.com/150744961
Just the bike trailer on tandem at the start. For those that care I had Dwan's (Co-Motion)'s 1st tandem (not in picture). This was a later one.
https://vimeo.com/150738045
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A few years ago, we would take the oldest granddaughter with us in a Burley Solo trailer. She has been pulled by the the Co-Motion on road for playground runs and on Wednesday night training rides. She has also been a trailer rider off-road behind the Ventana.

She has grown but does have a younger sister and younger brother, they have both been for rides in the Burley Solo.

I guess our ultimate accessory to have a grandkid ride with us, and the oldest one has done some long days in the saddle behind us, is when she rides the Adams Shocker Tag A Long. This we pull behind the Ventana full suspension tandem. The Adams is a no longer produced and often difficult to locate used suspension tag a long.

The photo is a couple of years ago, but the we still have it ready for her sister and brother as they grow.
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