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    thought you guys might enjoy this. lots of utility.

    I thought some of you might get a kick out of this.

    My daughter likes to ride to and from preschool on this trail a bike. Always asking me to take the bike instead of the car. Most of the route goes through neighborhoods, so no biggie.

    One day, I needed to stop at the grocery store that we ride right past. No way to easily carry stuff home. Then the light bulb went off. Could I attach the Nomad to the trail a bike and have a THREE car train? lol. Kiddo AND food hauler.

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    That looks fun...and probably dangerous on the down hills, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by urbanescapee View Post
    That looks fun...and probably dangerous on the down hills, lol.
    yeah, fortunately we live in flat neighborhood land, but you're right. no hills for us in the immediate area.

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    That warms my heart!

    Sometimes when I put weight on my bike, I'm impressed how the brakes continue to work well. It depends, it depends.
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    We get a lot of odd looks, for sure. Preschool and elementary school age kids seem to like the setup the most. ha ha

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    Quote Originally Posted by noglider View Post
    Sometimes when I put weight on my bike, I'm impressed how the brakes continue to work well.
    I weight 155lbs. Even with 70lbs of camping gear and food strapped to my touring bike the whole rig with me on it STILL weighs less than some of my larger cycling friend's bodies alone. So for me it's not too surprising what extras my bikes can handle.
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    @syncro87, I was discussing trail-a-bikes with a friend, and he mentioned that the attachment mechanism is not meant to bear a lot of weight. Attaching a trailer to the trail-a-bike might be a risk. Check it out.
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    Yeah, I've considered this. Looking at the attachment mechanism, it's pretty stout and I can't visualize it failing under anything near the stresses I'm putting on it. I'm only hauling a couple bags of groceries at most with Molly back there and the Nomad. Maybe a gallon of milk and 10 more pounds of groceries on the max end. But yes, I've pondered this, and do appreciate the input. I'm a pretty conservative rider with her back there. Probably 8-10 mph average speed. 15 tops, I'd say, and generally on side streets with little to no traffic, and no ridiculous cargo in the Burley. Most of the time, the Nomad is empty and I just leave it attached in case it occurs to me that we need some bananas or a box of cereal on the way home.


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    It sounds like you're duly cautious. I, on the other hand, have towed well over 100 lbs in my kiddie trailer attached directly to my bike. That's probably within spec, but lemme tell you, it can feel heavy. Last year, I towed about 120 lbs of belgian blocks, with the top and sides removed from the trailer. I had two people yell out at me, "Yo, where your kids at?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by noglider View Post
    It sounds like you're duly cautious. I, on the other hand, have towed well over 100 lbs in my kiddie trailer attached directly to my bike. That's probably within spec, but lemme tell you, it can feel heavy. Last year, I towed about 120 lbs of belgian blocks, with the top and sides removed from the trailer. I had two people yell out at me, "Yo, where your kids at?"
    Shoulda told them you traded them for the blocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by syncro87 View Post
    I thought some of you might get a kick out of this.

    My daughter likes to ride to and from preschool on this trail a bike. Always asking me to take the bike instead of the car. Most of the route goes through neighborhoods, so no biggie, and all the other little kids treat her like a superstar and tell their parents they want a bike like this.

    One day, I needed to stop at the grocery store that we ride right past. No way to easily carry stuff home. Then the light bulb went off. Could I attach the Nomad to the trail a bike and have a THREE car train? lol. Kiddo AND food hauler



    Really cool set up and lots of fun for everyne. Funny how kids appreciate the coolness of bikes and grownups ignore them for the most part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baboo View Post
    Really cool set up and lots of fun for everyne. Funny how kids appreciate the coolness of bikes and grownups ignore them for the most part.
    When my daughters were little, I occasionally towed both of them in the trailer. I wondered if they liked it, though they seemed to. My older daughter was about seven years old when I asked her if she gets bored in the trailer. "Oh, no! The bike goes faster than the car!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baboo View Post
    Really cool set up and lots of fun for everyne. Funny how kids appreciate the coolness of bikes and grownups ignore them for the most part.
    It does crack me up how kids think, and how they just say stuff a lot of times rather than internalizing it.

    One day, as we rode by with this rig, I heard this little boy tell his dad "that's the coolest bike ever!" Other kids at Molly's school have expressed similar sentiments. One little girl told her mother "we need to get a bike like that" and one other kiddo said "I want daddy to pick me up on a bike, too..."

    The adults think I'm half crazy, I believe, but the youngsters seem to like it.

    lol

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    Gives me confidence; I'd considered biking a future kid to school when he goes to middle school (elementary is basically three doors down from here). I'm surprised how well that setup stands with the kid sitting on it - guessing the trailer adds considerable stability.

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    Middle school is old enough to bike on his own if there isn't too much traffic (That's from 12 to 15 years old, right?)
    Other than this, it looks great! And if the kids find it cool, you're on the right path.

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    Well, at least the first couple of times. He would have to go down the main road (which features bike lanes) but would have to negotiate intersections to do this.

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