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Old 02-19-08, 12:40 PM   #51
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Not incredibly impressive, but I think it counts as a "bike move." I brought one of my unused bikes to give to a friend. She's quite happy about it.
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Not incredibly impressive, but I think it counts as a "bike move." I brought one of my unused bikes to give to a friend. She's quite happy about it.
That's a really nice bike trailer Cycleric, - like to tell us more about it?

EDIT: Oops - I can see now that it's a BAW, - Bikes At Work trailer. Nice.
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Anyone know how to resize a photo? Mine is to large to post. I've got one of me hauling a freezer to a friends house.
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Anyone know how to resize a photo? Mine is to large to post. I've got one of me hauling a freezer to a friends house.
You'll need some kind of photo editing software. Might be something available for free on the interwebs. Google is your friend!
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Hope this works. The trailer is a kids trailer, with some expanded metal for a deck.
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Looks like that's working just fine!
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That's a really nice bike trailer Cycleric, - like to tell us more about it?
While the trailer and bike-carrying hitch are stock BAW items, I had to improvise a little on the hitch that attaches to only one chainstay on the recumbent. I had actually custom-ordered a hitch from BAW for my OTHER bent, which is a KMX trike with rectangular stays. It was basically the universal ball hitch
thingy welded to a plate, with another plate to bolt to and spacers. I broke the ball joint from the plate by crossing a ditch in my front yard, so eventually I devised a way to use it differently. Now it is basically hose-clamped to a single ovular chainstay with a piece of wood in between that is shaped like the stay on the inside and like the broken weld on the outside. Two hose clamps hold around the stay, block, and hitch, while a third holds onto just the block and stay. I noticed a little bit of slippage after pulling the trailer with two of my friends on it (at least 300lbs), but it did hold. I added some rubber strips and am pretty confident it will pull whatever load I try to carry now.

On a side note, it's important to make sure the universal ball joint stays threaded tightly into its body/shaft/tube thingy. There was an instance when I was pulling home some dog food and a light load of groceries in a tub (nothing breakable, thankfully). I was almost home, coasting down the last hill, when I hear the unmistakable sound of a runaway trailer grinding its arm on the pavement. I consider my options for a moment as the trailer overtakes me on the left. Not knowing how to stop it from my position, I just let it glide away for what seemed like ten or twenty seconds, until it went off the side of the road and overturned in a deep ditch. It took a few minutes to fish it outta there, but no harm came of it...if anything, my trailer lost a little weight.
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Anyone know how to resize a photo? Mine is to large to post. I've got one of me hauling a freezer to a friends house.
Imageshack has an option to resize pictures that you upload.
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That cruiser looks like its robbing you of your power, firstly the position, and weight of the bike. Secondly the HUGE tires. Not to forget internal gear resistance.
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That cruiser looks like its robbing you of your power, firstly the position, and weight of the bike. Secondly the HUGE tires. Not to forget internal gear resistance.
maybe thats why its a 'cruiser' and not a 'racer'.

i personally don't like cruiser / chopper bikes... nor do i like the 'foot forward' design. i'd much prefer a euro style city bike, as i think the position is better.
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That cruiser looks like its robbing you of your power, firstly the position, and weight of the bike. Secondly the HUGE tires. Not to forget internal gear resistance.

Some people shave weight off their bikes, my bikes shave weight off me
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Some people shave weight off their bikes, my bikes shave weight off me
You handled that comment much more pleasantly than I would have.
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That cruiser looks like its robbing you of your power, firstly the position, and weight of the bike. Secondly the HUGE tires. Not to forget internal gear resistance.
Internal gear resistance is some but not big deal for a utility bike. Also if you own an Xtracycle the last thing you are worried about is weight.

http://hubstripping.wordpress.com/ge...-vs-derailleur

Or more simply put.... what BAH said.
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Announcing a Fort Collins Bike Move!

You like beer? We like bikes. Come by for both!

Calling all bikes, bike trailers, observers, anyone really! We're moving across City Park to our new digs on Crestmore Place, and we're doing it car-free!

We'll plan to meet at our house at 1604 Laporte Ave at 5:15pm (or earlier if you're available) on Thursday June 12. Bring your bikes, trailers, muscles, and beer receptacles!

The route is flat and runs along the west side of City Park. The more the merrier, so invite your friends (hell they might already by our friends too)!

We'll have a keg, so bring a container and imbibe yourself as you work!

If you're interested, email me at brianholcombe [at] msn [dot] com

Pictures to follow the big day.

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It's bike month here in Edmonton and the entire event will have everything moved via bike / trailer and no gas will be burned.

Since I am volunteering to turn wrenches at the bikey breakfasts and as such I need to carry the mobile shop with me to these events...the trailer and gear was easily 100 pounds.

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Old 06-22-08, 03:18 PM   #73
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...the trailer and gear was easily 100 pounds.

What size tires are on that bike? Any difference when towing with a small bike vs. a larger bike?
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The bike is a Phillip's Twenty with 20 inch wheels and performs as well as any other fixed gear bike I have although it does spin up a little faster and is a much more nimble bike.

I wasn't towing the trailer very far and wasn't looking at any significant hill climbs as the bike runs nearly 70 gear inches and I had not yet installed a bigger cog on the flip side for a lower gearing... it would not be my vehicle of choice for long hauls or huge loads.

I did a lot more towing last week and used my Trek 7500 as it has 24 speeds with a mtb drive with serious low gearing and skinnier tyres and this is what makes hauling large loads much easier.

This is our full mobile shop on the 6 foot BAW trailer...





This was a load of donated bikes on our 8 foot trailer and this load weighed least 275 pounds with the trailer... the mtb gearing made pulling this load up a 12% grade fairly easy although I could feel it in my legs the next day.

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Here's my trike. Some of you by now know I roll primarily in my motorized bike cause I need to go far and I'm not physically able to do the long haul otherwise.Photo0251.jpg
Here's some pics of my utility. The store is about 3 miles away and to me that's pretty far. I know. I know.
The gearing is a paultry 36/20 which makes for incredibly easy pedaling but if I keep a pace going I can get along at about 5 or 6 mph.
Anyway,it's a workout and I plan on using this often. Here's the bike loaded up with some groceries.
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Riding a trike like this is funny for you have to take away all instincts to balance the bike. At first it feels like it wants to pull to the right but then you realize it's YOU trying to balance something that won't let you. So just steer and trust that you won't fall off.
On hilly parts it's actually easier and more fun to stand on the storage box and push off with your foot when you're climbing a hill.

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