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Old 09-25-05, 02:02 PM   #1
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Trailers: one-/two-wheel and more

Hello

We're considering getting a trailer for our tandem and would like to hear people experiences of using them with tandems and get some feedback on what we might buy. I've been looking around and one question is that of two-wheel vs. one-wheel. Clearly, you can carry more with a two wheel trailer, but is that always a good thing? I've read that they impose less strain on the pulling bike - do they, and if so why?

Also, we live in NZ and, apart from tours on NZ, would need to fly to get to other countries, so ability to pack the trailer would be useful. I have been really tempted by the Weber Monoporter, because of it's ability to fold flat. We live in NZ and, apart from tours on NZ, would need to fly to get to other countries. Do other trailers fold to such an extent? As far as I can tell the only other folding trailer is a BOB copy being made in Australia. And the Burley Nomad which I almost forgot. Also, if we are going to fly how folding does the trailer need to be - we still need to have our luiggage somewhere. Would it suffice if the hitch and wheels could be removed?

There are a couple of companies here which we could hire a BoB trailer from for a few days to give it a test. This would presumeably be a good thing to do to see if we feel comfortable pulling one.

I look forward to hearing your responses.

Ian
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Old 09-25-05, 07:51 PM   #2
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Test the BOB, and other trailers, if you can. We have a BOB and love it. From our experience, we don't even know it's tagging along behind our Rans Screamer until we come to a hill. Then, like any trailer, we've got some work to do! It tracks beautifully and is quite steady even at 40+ kph. As far as plane travel is concerned, since the "yoke" on the trailer comes off, the bright yellow BOB bag holds 90 litres, load it up with your gear, strap it into the trailer along with the removeable yoke and let the whole thing fly as a piece of luggage. It would likely be stronger and stand up to more airline abuse than a regular suitcase. JMHO
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Old 09-25-05, 08:29 PM   #3
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I have a folding "BOB clone" that would seem to fit the bill (if you like the BOB). I purchased it in the U.S. However, this is an Australian dealer selling the trailer (not in NZ, but a lot closer). http://www.logotrikes.com/folderswebsite/ftrailer.htm
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Old 09-26-05, 11:58 AM   #4
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Check out this web site. Carl & Cidy are from Auckland and love their trailer. It has brakes as well which must be an advantage with a tandem. They ahve also taken it all over the world. Hope this helps. http://www.penwarden.co.nz/Cycling/Cycling_Index.htm
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Old 09-26-05, 08:42 PM   #5
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I have a Pacific trailer (two wheel) for my under 2y/o. I purchased this because when she grows out of it I can use it for the shopping and it does convert into a three wheeler off the bike. I know that whenever we go riding we have to be very careful of the trailer footprint so as not to hit something. I guess this would not be as big a concern with a Bob or the like.
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