||09-18-13 06:36 PM
Originally Posted by Jewel
I have a Travoy, too... have you ever had any tipping problems with yours? Have you felt awkward loading your groceries directly into it while shopping & using it as a cart? Those are probably the two biggest issues I've had with ours, so I've been trying to get more information. Thanks. (not trying to derail the op's original question, though)
Also have the travoy. I did have a few incidences of tipping the first few weeks of use. One time was particularly nerve wracking; I was going down a hill at probably around 20-25 mph on my usual commute route but this time I was pulling my trailer. I kind-of forgot I was pulling the trailer and centered my bike wheels between two bumps in the road (the kind that buses and trucks make in asphalt when they stop in the same place all the time) as I usually do, but this habit of mine on this occasion actually lined up the wheels of the trailer with the bumps. The trailer flipped over with it's backside grinding on the asphalt. I freaked out momentarily thinking, oh crap, here comes the pain. I was sure I was going to eat it hard, but then I was amazed when after feeling the jerk from the trailer flipping, I was only very gradually slowing down from the trailer dragging and it didn't force my bike off balance or anything. I gently applied the brakes and pulled over. The trailer was probably dragging on the asphalt for about 100 ft or so, by the time I actually stopped. The only damage was a few small holes in the lower bag. I was also impressed with the flexibility of the rubber joint with the hitch. It feels like fairly hard rubber/plastic but somehow it was able to twist around a full 180 degrees and shows no sign of damage. I was pleasantly surprised by it's...here it comes...burliness.
Other occasions were just from my not being mindful of the trailer in low speed turns though parking lots and around posts and curbs and such, mostly uneventful.
Now that I've had it a little while I am much more aware of my movements when I'm pulling it and I make sure to give extra space around turns and stuff. As for using it inside stores for shopping, yeah, I do feel a little strange sometimes. I think that people around me think I'm trying to steal stuff, but the reality is that probably no body cares and they're just curious about where I got this strange shopping cart...like something an old lady would use because they have no clue that I got to the store on my bike. But no one has ever given me flak about it yet.
But to get back to the OP about a recommendation; despite all these incidents, I do still really like the trailer. The benefits of being able to roll it around easily like your own personal shopping cart, the break-down size, the weight...for me, all outweigh the one negative that it's less stable than the usual "flat bed" type trailers. I had a bob for a while and I liked it for certain things (bike camping), but for more of a daily utility/commuter setup, the burly travoy is far better suited.