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Old 02-04-07, 04:28 AM   #1
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bike trailer: extrawheel

do you use the extrawheel trailer? how robust is it for touring?
the price is very reasonable. handy to have the same size wheel as your currently using incase of breakdowns etc.
i'm just curious to see how it performs against the B.O.B series.
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Old 02-04-07, 09:30 AM   #2
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I have one and I'm impressed with the simple yet elegant design and the quality. I've not toured with mine yet but tested it with 33 lbs of bricks. With the weight over the axle it handles so well that on the flat it's easy to forget that you're pulling anything. It's very light at just over eight lbs and everything on it I can repair if need be. It tracks so well that again you're not aware of it.
I padded the internal frame as I was intent on making sure no awkward load could rub against the material of the mudguard and also fitted leather tabs on cable ties so that the hub nuts cannot be brought to bear against the mudguard.

All in all then a great buy and I would imagine very good for touring/camping which I've done for years with panniers. I bought the 26" wheel to match my bike and cut down on the tubes carried.

As for comparisons with other one wheelers, it was reckoned to be the best of the bunch by the people who make the best two-wheeled trailers "Freedom Trailers."
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Old 02-05-07, 10:45 PM   #3
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I'm still leaning toward a BOB trailer myself simply due to ease of packing
The stuffsacks these guys have are top pack, which in my opinion is much less convenient
I might gain an extra few lbs, but I think the comfort makes up for it
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i don't understand. are you talking about how high the gear is mounted on the wheel? top pack?

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I'm still leaning toward a BOB trailer myself simply due to ease of packing
The stuffsacks these guys have are top pack, which in my opinion is much less convenient
I might gain an extra few lbs, but I think the comfort makes up for it
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Old 02-06-07, 05:10 AM   #5
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I'm still leaning toward a BOB trailer myself simply due to ease of packing
The stuffsacks these guys have are top pack, which in my opinion is much less convenient
I might gain an extra few lbs, but I think the comfort makes up for it
You seem confused. The waterproof bags for the Extrawheel are stored low down at axle height and add to the trailer's stability. The Bob is around three times the weight of the Extrawheel.
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There's a photo gallery by a guy who used an Extrawheel (I think) on the back of a Surly Pugsley (3.5 to 4.5 inch wide tyres!) to do a trip in the Australian desert. I'll see if I can dredge up the link. Otherwise, Google it!

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http://www.cyclelicio.us/2006/01/sur...0-days-in.html

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I was very set on getting an extrawheel trailer for a long expedition tour but am having second thoughts. It's a light trailer because part of it is carbon. Take a look at this guy's blog: http://mikesimagination.wordpress.com/2008/02/
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BOB trailers are easy to pack because you just slide everything into a big waterproof bag (or a cooler, or a cardboard box, or whatever suits your needs) that sits on the trailer bed. It's like throwing stuff into the back of a pickup truck. Very unfussy.

I like my BOB trailer a lot around town, but I've never toured with a trailer. Touring for me means getting away from it all, including all but a bare minimum of my stuff. Four panniers is already more than enough for that.
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We've used the BOB and it's great. We've heard nothing but good about the ExtraWheel. Honestly, I think either one is fine - just decide if you prefer one big bag (that lays flat on a platform which is good for things that need to kept flat), or if you want to two big dry bags. We are still deciding - we could go either way at this point.
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Actually, I was just pleasantly surprised to read a review saying how good of a trailer Extrawheel is on their world cycling tour. This is after 6 months of riding and even after having had a bad experience initially but that had to do w/ the cyclist than the product itself: http://www.ride-earth.org.uk/about/e...cycle-trailer/
The main body of it is steel and as long as it's loaded to no more than 30kg (70 lbs), you should be good to go.
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It seems to have all the disavantages of a trailer, like weight and rolling resistance, and yet all the disadvantages of paniers.

I would like to see one loaded down, really loaded. As someone else pointed out, in the CSR pics they always look like they are carrying a packed lunch from the hotel, OK he didn't put it that way, but the loads look light. A Bear Grillis special.

I read that blog above about the world tourers. Didn't really build confidence. took a month to figure out how to use it. Parts broke from what sound like weak parts, and poor quality control. Still does't seem to be much carrying capacity, the load shown could be carried on a front rack, with one less wheel for rotating weight.

I do get the need for a bigger wheel on occasion, and I do think it is an appealing design. Apparently they have something new coming out which should be interesting.
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I wrote Mike (the guy w/ the blog that I posted a link to) about the trailer and this is what he has to say:
Hey, yes I left it behind... I will buy another though. I left it there because I would not have used that one for another trip so no point in bringing it back. It still works fine so is being used by some local guy in Bogota. The trailer is great I just really badly abused it that day to San Agustin... really really hammered it! It was like a 10hr mountain bike race, it handles so well I kind of forgot it was there and just let rip as hard as I could stand it, and as fast as my bike handling skills would allow. What I will do for the next time I take one is take some lengths, say 10 or 15cm long sections of light alloy tube just big enough to fit over the carbon rods. You casn get tube like that from modelling shops or kite shops perhaps. That way if I did ever bust a rod I would be able to slide the tube over the break and superglue it. The mesh is tough, it was never really meant to be abraded against rocks hard a lot of the time, it doesn't really need to be stronger because something else would probably break before the mesh did, and it is easy to repair. The only real critiscm of the trailer is that the dry bags supplied are not that good... the seams were starting to come apart by the end of my trip so buy the trailer without bags and get some decent Ortlieb dry bags instead...." I still plan to get the bags that come w/ the trailer but do what Mike did and put rice bags around them. That'd be extra protection from the elements plus they'll look less conspicuous. (As attractive as yellow and red are, I don't quite get why they're used on tours esp. in poorer regions!)

He also added that "The carbon broke I think because it was hitting rocks at speed... I have heard through the grapevine that Extrawheel are developing a version that is supposed to use hard side panniers to make it more suitable for heavy duty off road use... "

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