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Old 08-09-11, 09:12 PM   #1
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BOB Ibex and My Coda Sport--the first meeting.

I took my BOB Ibex out last night for it's maiden voyage. Packed four 10 pound weights in a tool bag and strapped the bag in with a bungee cord.

The first thing I noticed when I tilted the bike off the Click-Stand was the weight of the trailer pulling/pushing one way or the other--the obvious affects of gravity. I made a mental note to be cautious in corners until I got the feel of the combo.

Clipping in and pedaling wasn't bad. I was able to maintain an 12-13 MPH pace (on a flat section of the GAP trail.) The stopping made my brakes squeal, but since this was my first ride I slowed down way before I needed to stop!

There seemed to be a little "bucking" going on. I adjusted the weight and it got a little better. I re-positioned the bungee and it got even better. I went 6 miles out and turned around (in a parking lot!) Out of nowhere a storm developed and it poured for the next 3.5 miles. I sought shelter in a pavilion at the first crack of thunder.

I noticed the pivot point where the hitch meets the trailer is fairly stiff. I'm assuming this is because it's new and will loosen up (I used a torque wrench when I put it together, so I know it's not over tightened.) It seems like the trailer wasn't tracking directly behind me when I pushed the bike, but that could be perception.

Needless to say, I'm very happy with my purchase and am looking forward to future trips!

Any advice on the pivot point/ trailing would be great!

EDIT:

Getting ready to go out on my first bike/trailer ride:


Hanging out in a pavilion waiting out the lightning:


Making my Bad A$$ Biker Face:

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Old 08-10-11, 03:34 AM   #2
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i was hoping when i seen this thread there would be loads of photos. (still not to late)
anyway have fun i guess packing a trailer is as important as as packing your panniers, you need to distribute the weight correctly for a balanced ride.
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Old 08-10-11, 01:17 PM   #3
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Added.the pics.
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thanks for that B.Alive great pic's and a very nice set up, i have a look alike bob hanging in my shed this past 6 months bought it new made a few changes not many , i don't like the way it's attached to the QR seems like it could pop off under pressure.so for now I'll stick to my thorn /panniers.
sorry I'm stupid when it comes to posting photos .
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