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Old 03-14-07, 06:37 AM
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transporting kayak with the bike

Any idea on how to trasport the kayak BIC Scapa with the bicycle?

It is about 1.5 miles to the sea.
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Old 03-14-07, 06:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Max
Any idea on how to trasport the kayak BIC Scapa with the bicycle?

It is about 1.5 miles to the sea.
Here's one specific kit:
https://www.wicycle.com/kit.htm

...I've heard of other people doing this also, using a regular portage cart and just making a "tow bar" to hook one end of the boat onto their bicycle.
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Originally Posted by Doug5150
Here's one specific kit:
https://www.wicycle.com/kit.htm

...I've heard of other people doing this also, using a regular portage cart and just making a "tow bar" to hook one end of the boat onto their bicycle.
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Thank you! That is what I needed!
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Here's another manufacturer. You can even get a double-decker from him, if you wish.

https://www.tonystrailers.com

A DIY tow bar hook is easy to make if you have an open-top canoe. Making one for a closed-top kayak might require some permanent assembly in the kayak hull.

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Old 03-14-07, 07:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Juha
Here's another manufacturer. You can even get a double-decker from him, if you wish.

https://www.tonystrailers.com

A DIY tow bar hook is easy to make if you have an open-top canoe. Making one for a closed-top kayak might require some permanent assembly in the kayak hull.

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Thanks. I have got two kayaks.
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I've got one, but it's a closed top, traditional sea kayak. I see you have a sit-on-top kayak so YMMV, but here's what I found. I looked into Wicycle-type of design myself, where the "trailer" consists of a pair of wheels and a yoke that connects to seat post. As mentioned, I couldn't figure out a reliable way to attach the yoke to the front end of the kayak. Without making modifications to the kayak hull, that is.

That's why I chose Tony Hoar's trailer. I've got about 4-5 kms to the seashore, but I did a 600km tour with the trailer a couple of years ago. Daily distances were up to 110kms, most of it in traffic, with self-supported bike/paddle tour gear in panniers or in the kayak. No real issues.

If you don't carry much gear, and are able to position the wheels close to kayak's center of gravity (to avoid excess load on yoke), you can probably find a way to attach the yoke to your kayak well enough. It's probably going to flex quite a bit, but for the distance you're planning it might do the trick. For longer distances / more load I'm more comfortable with a yoke attached to the trailer body.

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Old 03-14-07, 06:31 PM
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Something like this?




I went for the optional alloy wheels and canoe pack. Since that photo was taken I have gotten much better at packing everything into the canoe. I have found that the canoe tows the best if loaded a wee, little bit bow heavy. Too much or too little weight in the bow of the boat makes the bike less stable. Because of the way the trailer attaches to the bike, I very highly doubt it would work with a CF seatpost.
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