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Old 12-08-10, 08:43 AM
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Aluminum for Towing....

I was just wondering if anybody has ever towed a 1 year old with an aluminum framed bike. I have a (current) max limit of 2 bikes and the one I will be towing the youngin with will also be my commuter. I'm looking at getting either a Trek 1.x, Specialized Secteur, or Scott Speedster s30/s50.

If anybody can provide some insight that would be helpful.

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Old 12-08-10, 10:39 AM
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You should have no issues. I have yet to hear or read of a case of frame failure due to towing a child in a trailer.
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Old 12-08-10, 06:29 PM
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Awesome, thank you.
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Should have no issues....I tow a cargo trailer all the time with one of my beater bikes.....its a cheapo aluminum frame that I found in an alley......I think it was an X mart road bike...
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I've got a specialized secteur. Tows a trailer fine and an Adams trail-a-bike clamps onto the seatpost fine. It is stable and usable for both.
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You should have no issues. I have yet to hear or read of a case of frame failure due to towing a child in a trailer.
... what if it was a 500lb child?

Actually, the trailer would probably fail first.
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Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
... what if it was a 500lb child?

Actually, the trailer would probably fail first.
The mountain descents would be interesting.
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Old 01-06-11, 05:37 PM
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I have one of Burly's trailers, and their QR based alternative hitch
and there is no need for any fittings on the frame at all .
the QR axle is steel after all.. the rest of it is just there to move it all forward.

their standard forged aluminum hitch is held under the QR lever,
the alternative one is free to rotate .
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Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
... what if it was a 500lb child?

Actually, the trailer would probably fail first.
.....I have yet to hear or read of a 500lb child.
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IMHO- I think you would be better off with a hybrid for towing and commuting. Drop handlebars and skinny tires make you less stable and more prone to have an accident (head down). You should consider a Trek FX, Specialized Sirrus, or Cannondale Quick series bikes. You may also find them less costly than a road bike. Road bikes are great for distances over 20 miles but less than that you pay extra for less weight, less comfort, etc.
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