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Old 12-21-12, 06:17 PM   #1
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Saw a double trailer setup today (pics)...

...at the library. didn't see the dude/dudette. could have been a street person, but in my 'hood nothing is certain. bike is a schwinn, model nomenclature rubbed off. bike train?
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Thanks for taking the time to share the pics.
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Saw one like that in Iowa City a couple of years back, the guy was trolling the trash bins for cans and bottles. We gave him a bunch...Iowa has a nickel a can/bottle, NC doesn't...we never thought about turning them in. Have to see if I can dig the picture out of the archives.

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A trail-a-bike , towing a trailer works well ..
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That is seen from time to time in Madison, a bicycle-friendly city. It's usually a homeless person, a scraper, or someone who lives in one part of town but has two jobs in a different part of town. There's certainly nothing wrong with any of that, I guess those with more financial means buy a utility bike.
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I've done something similar many times. Either a trail-a-bike towing a kid trailer or a BAW 64A towing the kid trailer converted to a utility trailer. This setup works very well, and adds a couple hundred pounds to the weight I can pull (eg, the BAW 64A will hold 300 to 350 pounds, and the kid trailer ~200 more).

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I wish that I had a picture. Years ago, our daughter was big enough for a trail-a-bike, but, the boy still needed to be in the Winchester. So, there were a lot of grocery trips and big Rides where I would tow them both as a road train.
We live on level ground so braking issues were only about straight line stopping power.
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Found the picture...

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Some car-free guy I used to work with has a pretty sweet setup.

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ROAD TRAIN!!!

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That's my friend Richard and his family! That Greenspeed tandem trike was the first one built that comes apart (via S&S couplers), which allows it to be used as a tandem or single. It also packs down into two travel bags. The trail-a-trike has gearing and can fit large and small. Richard needed to weld up a custom rear rack for it to tow either their Chariot trailer or the WeeHoo shown here. More at his website.
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merciful heavens.
shoulda used the garden tractor there in the background.
how does one use this setup on a narrow highway with no shoulders
and semi trucks coming from both directions?
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merciful heavens.
shoulda used the garden tractor there in the background.
how does one use this setup on a narrow highway with no shoulders
and semi trucks coming from both directions?
That's the beauty of bicycles, they work the same way regardless where you are. You sit down, pedal and smile!
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And I thought getting baskets on my bike was hot stuff. Tonight I dream of trailers.
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And I thought getting baskets on my bike was hot stuff. Tonight I dream of trailers.
10 years ago i put $40 panniers on, and thought that was hot stuff. still kinda do, but, but mmmm,
trailers....
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Hope the owner has a commercial driver's license!
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I wish that I had a picture. Years ago, our daughter was big enough for a trail-a-bike, but, the boy still needed to be in the Winchester. So, there were a lot of grocery trips and big Rides where I would tow them both as a road train.
We live on level ground so braking issues were only about straight line stopping power.
Sorry to unearth this zombie, but I have a picture that fits perfectly!

kids are 6,5 and 11Months. My bike, trail-a-bike, winchester trailer.

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