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Old 10-22-08, 10:45 AM
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For the parents pulling trailers...

I have an '08 Trek that I would like to ride more, just with the kids time is limited. We have a trailer that they love to ride in and I'd like to get more time on the bike. I'm looking at replacing the rear skewer with a trailer specific. What do you guys use/recommend?

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Unnecessary. A trailer that attaches to the chainstay (or seatstay or seatpost for that matter) isn't going to put any unusual forces on your skewer.
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
Unnecessary. A trailer that attaches to the chainstay (or seatstay or seatpost for that matter) isn't going to put any unusual forces on your skewer.
I have had a Burley Encore trailer for about four years. The original hitch clamped on at the chainstay/seatstay. On my road bike, this lead to a worn spot on the paint of the seatstay and also some risk of heel strike. (Road bikes have short chainstays.)

I switched to the Burley Alternative Hitch - a skewer with a clevis mounted on one end. It works fine. I prefer the skewer hitch design. I think the new Burleys are made with a simpler skewer hitch (the clevis mounts under your existing skewer.) Also, the Chariot trailers have a ball-and-socket skewer hitch that looks really good.

Personally, I think the Chariots are the best trailers available today, but they are a little bit small for two-child duty. Burleys are the standard, of course. Or you can buy a cheap off-brand - I don't know how the hitch will mount, then. I wouldn't buy an expensive trailer that wasn't a Burley or a Chariot.

If you are trying to save money, the old Yakima trailers come up on Ebay, and they look pretty nice for the $$$ to me.
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My trailer has a skewer hitch... kind of, I suppose. What really attaches at the skewer is a mount that the trailer arm connects to. In my case, no special skewer was necessary. I was under the impression that with trailers that did mount right at the skewer, a skewer would be provided. Is that not the case, or are you concerned that you'd need a beefier skewer with the added stresses?
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I've been pulling a Chariot CX2 around for the last 2 years on various bikes with the standard skewer with no problems at all.
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