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Old 06-20-01, 11:01 AM   #1
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Recumbent with a BOB

Has anyone used a recumbent for long tours with a BOB trailer attached? I was thinking this would be the ideal touring set-up.
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Old 06-20-01, 08:44 PM   #2
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I've rode with people who swore by their BOB trailers, and I've rode with people who swore by their recumbents, but I've never met anyone who had both. I think you're right though - it should be the ideal touring setup.

If I had the money, I think its the setup I would go with.
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Old 07-02-01, 12:07 AM   #3
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Alright, you've hit a delicate point; already own a BOB trailler - along with a Burley Nomad trailer. There is nothing bad with owning a BOB trailer, however the weight limitation does get a bit tedious ( recomedded 65lbs.) - the Burley Nomad howevercan hold up to 100 lbs.- and since the original BOB trailer YAK sack did have a habit of ripping, as well as not being waterproof does cast a shaddow on the BOB line. Have done some slightly extesive touring on a long wheelbase recumbent - and you cannot believe how comfortable it all is, nor the speed you can achieve.
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So, Arthur, would you recommend the Burley Nomad over the BOB? You're the first that I have seen to have tried both.
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Hey Bentman; The main differance between the two trailers - the BOB and the Nomad - the BOB has one wheel, thenomadhas two, the BOB has a weight limit of 65 lbs, the Nomads' limit is 100lbs. The asking price of the two is basicaly the same ( I think.)The only possible differsnce is the way they connect to the vehicle [ be it bicycle, recumbent, trike,or quadracycle.]
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I have done a 3 week tour in 2000 in Belgium, Netherlands using a BOB on a Haluzak Horizon. Took WAY TOO much stuff (70lbs) but the cycle paths helped a great deal of the time. A bit of a major hassle in getting on the trains to jump ahead from city to city as the trains only stop for a few minutes before they zip off again. One must be fast to get the gear on and off the trains.

Have also toured alot in the Atlantic Maritime Provinces using my BOB and it tracks well but can effect the steering of the Haluzak when going down hill, I must keep speeds below 30km.

I plan to use my BOB on my new other bent (Challenge Distance) this August through New Brunswick and I think this bent should handle better towing a load as its a stronger framed bike.

I think BOB trailers should come out with a brake for their trailers to aid in slowing down from steep down hills. I would also suggest using one of those water proof kayak bags that also doubles as a back pack for the BOB trailer, makes it easier to transport when not in trailer.
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I do a lot of touring on a Haluzak Hybrid Race. Started with a Bob for a 1300 mile ride through British Columbia but the BOB / Haluzak combination is too unstable at speeds over 20mph so I swapped for a Burley Nomad. The Nomad worked great. Most of the time I wasn't aware of it behind me.
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Old 11-27-04, 09:40 PM   #8
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Hi,

I have a recumbent, short wheel base, under seat steering, 20 front and 26 rear tire and used BOB with it and it worked quite well. I have other friends that have done the same and logged many many miles on tours with a Bob. Makes a great kickstand if you jackknife the bike with bob too. My only objection with BOB is it's ability to carry too much stuff. That's mostly my fault for wanting to fill the space! BOb trails great and if you did not see it in your mirror you tend to forget it is there. No stability problems with my recumbent (similar to Vision).

Mike

oh and the BoB is designed for 70 lbs and why would anybody want to carry that much crap is beyond me. weight is weight whether it's on your bike, on your back on on a trailer.

Less is More should be your mantra for touring. Trailers were designed to carry, efficiently, the gear you must take, not the carte blance to carry everything on the planet.

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Old 11-28-04, 09:06 PM   #9
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I'd like to see photos, have you guys posted any in another thread? Maybe a couple here would work.
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