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Old 03-27-14, 01:00 AM   #1
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Trailers Anyone ??

Found these Swedish military Bike trailers at Colemans Surplus. Check them out. They look super heavy duty. I see a possible Tent Trailer/Camper.

Swedish Military Bicycle Trailer - $149.95 :: Colemans Military Surplus LLC - Your one-stop US and European Army/Navy surplus store with products for hunting, camping, emergency preparedness, and survival gear

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Old 03-27-14, 03:16 PM   #2
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That's a pretty nice trailer.
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62 pounds empty
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I once saw a nice pop up tent trailer (1 person) for about $500. Yup, expensive. But, the unloaded weight was not too much more than the average kiddie trailer. This thing is heavy before you put one item on it. It also attaches high instead of at the chainstay. I could see buying one of these as a "work" trailer of some sort. But, not for casual use.
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Old 03-29-14, 08:13 PM   #6
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I once saw a nice pop up tent trailer (1 person) for about $500. Yup, expensive. But, the unloaded weight was not too much more than the average kiddie trailer.
There's this one:
Amazon.com: Kamp-Rite Midget Bushtrekka Bicycle Camper Trailer with Oversize Tent Cot: Sports & Outdoors

also way too heavy.
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I keep debating a trailer, but I live in an urban area where I can and do make use of buses. A trailer would be a handicap for me most of the time. I can't take it on the bus very well like a bicycle which goes onto the front carrier.

I have a set of the "M-Wave Double Day Tripper Bicycle Pannier" bags (under $30 on amazon) and they hold a ton of stuff. They aren't super heavy duty in some places, or maybe I'm just rough with them since I was taking them back off a lot when I used them regularly when I was in AZ in Dec and Jan and used them on my bikes for shopping runs. The bikes stayed outside and I didn't want the bags exposed to beating sunshine everyday when not in use.

You need a somewhat robust rack if you really load them down with weight. I put a flimsy rack on my LeTour (Wal-Mart site to store, about $14, last year) and it gets wobbly when the bags are loaded with heavy groceries, but not so much so that I couldn't ride it. The rack didn't fail, however despite the wobble.

On my cheap China-made mountain bike I got from a pawn shop brand new for $50, I put a more sturdy rack I ended up getting in-store at a Wal-Mart in AZ and it doesn't have the wobble problem.

I need to go back and switch the racks since I think the Le Tour is better for urban use here. I do like having more traction with the mountain bike tires, but it's a heavier bike and doesn't have as many gears. Plus I can't seem to get it adjusted right either and it likes to skip over one of the gears most of the time. Just cheaply made but it served me well for off-road riding some in AZ and gives me a decent back-up bike should something go wrong with my LeTour.
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