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For the Gypsy in you.

Old 07-12-13, 12:34 AM
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For the Gypsy in you.

Micro Gypsy Wagon that you can tow behind a bike. Check out the link for the whole story.

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I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.
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Old 07-12-13, 07:34 AM
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pretty cool, but I hope he never has to go uphill or downhill with that...
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Old 07-14-13, 06:57 PM
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Yeah ... nice to look at. But when I go traveling, I take a 3 pound, 2 person tent in my front pannier.
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Old 07-14-13, 07:03 PM
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That would be just the thing for my motorized cruiser
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Old 07-14-13, 10:30 PM
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Yeah ... nice to look at. But when I go traveling, I take a 3 pound, 2 person tent in my front pannier.
I get the impression this wasn't meant as a practical idea. I think the creator said something about it just being something he always wanted to build. It is cute and ingenious, but possibly most people wouldnt have much use for it.

I was trying to think of some situation where it would be useful. Maybe it would be nice if you were going a short distance to a campground or a friend's lake house--somewhere you were going to stay long enough to make hauling it worthwhile. Maybe take it somewhere nice and leave it set up all summer for weekend/vacation usage? That's about all I could think of.
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Old 07-14-13, 10:31 PM
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Might be cool behind a motorcycle?
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Old 07-15-13, 12:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Roody View Post
I get the impression this wasn't meant as a practical idea. I think the creator said something about it just being something he always wanted to build. It is cute and ingenious, but possibly most people wouldnt have much use for it.
That was my guess. the builder lives in North-East California, not exactly flatland.
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Old 07-15-13, 02:03 AM
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Just the first look left me with the impression of an oversized coffin.

Now, there's an idea! If you want low profile to reduce windage, but weatherproof comfort, a coffin might be the go. Built out of carbon fibre. You'd get a reaction just about everywhere you went (although maybe not quite what you'd want in more conservative places).

Edit: Ahhh... it does sort of fold down to a coffin size. The weight, though, doesn't appeal to me.

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Old 07-15-13, 05:30 AM
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It's nice! It would make a nice novelty shop stall.
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Old 07-16-13, 01:26 AM
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I considered what I would need to live in such a small space pulled behind a bicycle. My design was much wider and not as tall. I calculated the weight and it would be over 500 pounds. I couldn't pull that around in winter weather with snow on the ground. Even a small motor scooter would have difficulty with such a thing, especially trying to stop it. I don't believe I could get it up any hill in winter even with studded tires. There just wouldn't be enough weight on the bicycle or even motorcycle wheels to get a grip.

The benefit of having such a gypsy wagon is that it is cute, cool, and the cops would probably not hassle you. If you were just pitching a tent somewhere you can bet that cops would do all they could to make you leave.
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Old 07-16-13, 06:36 PM
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There just wouldn't be enough weight on the bicycle or even motorcycle wheels to get a grip.
You'd probably need to travel with a couple of extra rear wheels too.
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Neat concept with a lot of attention to detail. I wouldn't want to pull it very far without some sort of electric assist.

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Old 07-17-13, 05:33 PM
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Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
Neat concept with a lot of attention to detail. I wouldn't want to pull it very far without some sort of electric assist.

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Aaron if you had this in your backyard, it would be full of 3 speeds. It wouldn't be going anywhere.
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Old 07-17-13, 05:39 PM
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Aaron if you had this in your backyard, it would be full of 3 speeds. It wouldn't be going anywhere.


And if I had it in my backyard, there'd be 4 or 5 homeless people sleeping in it.
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Old 07-21-13, 04:38 AM
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Impractical as it is right now, what if you built something like that on a longtail sort of platform? It'd have to be an extraEXTRA longtail, but then you'd be able to have braking and use an electric assist.

The closest thing I've seen to a practical "bicycle camper" is a tent pops out from a trailer.
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Old 07-21-13, 12:50 PM
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Hauling around a tent is probably the most logical type of shelter that can be carried by a bicycle. Even if one carried around a huge amount of supplies on a trailer there wouldn't be that extra wind drag caused by an unoccupied shelter.
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