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Old 03-04-11, 05:19 PM
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Love talking trailers. I know there are others out there. Anyone use both the maya cycle and the bob. How does the maya park? will it hold up the bike like the bob? There is a fancy wood looking trailer from france or some such thing anyone seen this?
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Old 03-05-11, 07:21 AM
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Originally Posted by antokelly View Post
quick question are the parts that come with the bob trailer good quality ,
like the quick release for the hitch and what about the drop out for the wheel.
thanks.
Yes, All the parts seem of very good quality. I am worried about why you ask. I hope your knock off BOB is of good quality too.
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Old 03-05-11, 08:26 AM
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Originally Posted by tanslacks View Post
Yes, All the parts seem of very good quality. I am worried about why you ask. I hope your knock off BOB is of good quality too.
i would say the trailer is spot on but the parts are not great .
for the life of me i cannot get the wheel on it just doesn't fit .
the quick release for the back wheel (bike) is very flimsy wont lock up properly
so i guess i'm going to have to get a better quality qr for it . but my main concern at present is getting the wheel sorted
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Old 03-05-11, 08:29 AM
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Originally Posted by digger531 View Post
Love talking trailers. I know there are others out there. Anyone use both the maya cycle and the bob. How does the maya park? will it hold up the bike like the bob? There is a fancy wood looking trailer from france or some such thing anyone seen this?
I have no trouble parking the Mayacycle because it has the two legged kickstand. Other than that, I'm sure it's the same as any other trailer. In fairness, I've never used a Bob, so I can't compare the two, but for the price and the extras, I my Maya.
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Old 06-11-11, 06:46 PM
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I love my Yak! I'm currently on a cross country tour and the Yak is great. The only issues I've had are:

When the trailer arrived, the way it was packed I had to take the fork that goes to the rear wheel off in order to get to the rest of the parts (and instructions that tell you to take the fork off to get to the parts). They could have put the instructions in a better spot.

One of the rivets that the rubber for the retaining pins broke off - fixed with a zip tie.

Replaced the stock tire with a high pressure Schwalbe Marathon one. Rolls much easier now.
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Old 06-11-11, 11:28 PM
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Heres another single wheel trailer..https://www.koga.com/us/bike.asp?coll...id=&id=8625300
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Old 06-12-11, 06:41 AM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Heres another single wheel trailer..https://www.koga.com/us/bike.asp?coll...id=&id=8625300
wow what a fantastic design for a trailer pity its so expensive.
i eventually got my trailer sorted ,i had to buy a new quick release much better quality and i had to get the bolt re threaded on the hub ,so its now ready to rock but to be totally honest i don't think I'll ever use it .
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Old 06-12-11, 05:22 PM
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Hi Everyone - I'm new to this forum, thanks for your patience! I recently purchased a Topeak Journey trailer, aluminum, 10.X lbs, dry bag included and nifty attachment mechanism...
Anyway, I am testing it out before my trip from Pittsburgh to DC at the end of hte month. Today I put a 50lb rock salt bag in and went out to do some hills and such. The miles were mostly paved. In one section there was a 1.5-2.0 inch 'bump' (gravel to asphalt) that I went over at perhaps 10 mph. The trailer bumped about 2-3 times before it settled down. Is this an experience that you all feel when using a trailer and I need to get over it, or should I be looking for a different trailer?

Intersted in any thoughts/perspective you might have!
Thanks
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Old 02-01-12, 11:36 AM
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Kate, I'm considering the same trailer for the same ride. Can you share your experiences and recommendations?
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Old 02-01-12, 12:44 PM
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"fietsbob" posted a link for the 'Extrawheel' which, like the 'Bob' trailer, has been discussed before. It's a bit expensive and normally has to be ordered, but it's been out for awhile now, so I'm curious if there's been enough touring users to offer their experiences for both on and off-road so that we have a accurate assessment of it's compatibility, safety, and performance.
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Old 02-01-12, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Steve_M View Post
Kate, I'm considering the same trailer for the same ride. Can you share your experiences and recommendations?
Kate made that post 8 months ago, and has hardly made any since. Pay attention to the dates, or you'll find yourself seemingly ignored.
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Old 02-02-12, 07:07 AM
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Originally Posted by seeker333 View Post
Kate made that post 8 months ago, and has hardly made any since. Pay attention to the dates, or you'll find yourself seemingly ignored.
The date of her post, as well as her activity level, had not escaped my notice. I would have PM'd her, but I'm not allowed to. I'm hoping that she is subscribed to this thread, and will be notified by email that her post is finally of interest to somebody.

The trailer she bought is fairly new, and few people have posted about their experience with it. I'm hoping that her input will be of value to me and other members, and I don't know of another way to solicit it. There may be other members now who are able to chime in as well, which didn't seem to be the case last June.
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Old 02-02-12, 11:25 AM
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Lew,I was un aware of the Xtrawheel, before I saw this..
a fair bit of dinkum from down under into the outback with one
https://wildworks.co.nz/csr/photographs.php

Part of the higher price is it's an import from the European Economic Community, PL.
rather than Asia.. TW.
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Old 02-02-12, 11:41 AM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Lew,I was un aware of the Xtrawheel, before I saw this..
a fair bit of dinkum from down under into the outback with one
https://wildworks.co.nz/csr/photographs.php

Part of the higher price is it's an import from the European Economic Community, PL.
rather than Asia.. TW.
When I first was made aware of this product and read reviews from a lady that had used one on a very long tour, it intrigued me sufficiently to watch video of it action and to inquire about it's price and availability. It seems to be a very good idea for anyone wanting more carrying capacity without adding excessive weight or the inherent cumbersome problems of most bicycle trailers. With a bit of ingenuity, and parts from another bike frame, I might be able to make something similar because by the time I import it into Canada, it will be cost prohibitive. My only other option would be to purchase through a mailing business in Washing State, and then go pick it up, paying the duties etc. at the Border.
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Old 02-06-12, 05:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Mike Stan View Post
I am speaking for Maya Cycle. The price is lowered to $249 (Canada and US). I confirmed no or minimal fish tailing. Kick stand and handlebars - unique features (www.mayacycle.com).
New, improved QR is available now too.
Mike-I appreciate your input, and will tiptoe around the forum guidelines here; can you offer insight about different applications for single wheel trailers, and without mentioning competitors, explain design constraints and criteria that affect the available commercial products? Different offerings are portrayed differently on the manufacturers' websites (urban, suburban, utility, trail, touring, etc.) I happen to be interested in low speed, practically straight and level, path or rough path touring of short (less than 500 mile) distances, but other people have different needs.

The default thinking is racks and panniers - can you offer your (very well informed) opinions about when people should go the trailer route, and how they should choose which one?
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Old 02-07-12, 09:26 AM
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I have a equinox trailer, two wheels very stable and strong. I had a Bob trailer it was good, but I like the equinox better so i sold the bob
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Old 02-12-12, 04:02 PM
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I also purchased a Topeak Journey for bike camping. The only loaded test run was with several cases of beer.
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Originally Posted by GreenspeedGTS View Post
I have a equinox trailer, two wheels very stable and strong. I had a Bob trailer it was good, but I like the equinox better so i sold the bob
Could you please explain why you prefer Equinox to Bob. Single wheel trailer are usually more versatile (ride narrow path, etc.).
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Old 02-13-12, 10:24 AM
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There is narrow trail versatility, and then there is Load Carrying versatility,
which a 2 wheel trailer does much better.
I shed my BoB for a 2 wheel Burly Flatbed ..

Touring only , the BoB may be OK for you, load low and keep it all tightly secured.
or the tail starts wagging the dog, so to speak, ...

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Originally Posted by digger531 View Post
I am looking for some experience with trailers other than a BOB. I understand they make a great trailer but it hasn't changed, ever. I have to think some one has tried something new. I will correct myself the IBEX seems like an interesting upgrade but at four pounds is it worth it not to mention the added maintenance of suspension. I am looking for a all around trailer, groceries, touring, pets maybe.
Have done a RAGBRAI with a BOB. Your experience with a BOB will improve with the longer the wheelbase of the bicycle, and the lessening of weight in the trailer. Long Wheelbase, light weight, good. Short wheelbase, heavy weight in trailer, not good. I know from 2 attempts at RAGBRAI with 2 DIFFERENT tow bicycles. Single wheel trailer touring sketchy at best. Intolerable at worst.

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Old 02-14-12, 08:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Steve_M View Post
The trailer she bought is fairly new, and few people have posted about their experience with it. I'm hoping that her input will be of value to me and other members, and I don't know of another way to solicit it. There may be other members now who are able to chime in as well, which didn't seem to be the case last June.
Just saw your post. If you are planning on the C&O you do NOT want any 2-wheeled trailer. Much of the C&O is like an old farm lane. Two small tire tracks with a grass 'hump' between them. A 2-wheeled trailer is not a good choice. I had no problem with my b*o*b. Regardless of trailer, expect to need to clean mud out of the wheel on the C&O if it has rained recently. Most of the trail from Cumberland down to Williamsport, MD is hard-pack dirt - not the fine ride of the GAP.

However, if you do not plan on doing any riding with those conditions, a 2-wheeled trailer would be find. I have modified my b*o*b and put a kickstand on each side at the widest points. Great for loading and unloading when I'm at the grocery/liquor/other stores as it adds extra stability.

Worst place I rode with the b*o*b was a farm lane that started out downhill for the first mile. No problem there. It was after I reach the bottom where the lane got muddy - to go back would have meant a nearly 10 mile detour, so I pushed the bike and trailer the 1/2 to 3/4 mile the rest of the way out. Regardless of trailer (1 or 2 wheel) it would have been miserable. Had to stop several times to clean mud out of the wheel.
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Old 02-15-12, 08:58 AM
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Good to see there are several options now for trailers. I'm still weighing the choice between getting a trailer or panniers. There are pros and cons to both options, but I like being the idea of being able to unhook the trailer and ride my bike unencumbered with racks and panniers. It seems like a trailer isn't actually more expensive than panniers by the time you factor in the costs of racks. I just wish that I could ride a bike set up both ways before making a choice.
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Old 02-15-12, 11:05 AM
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to be honest i think the panniers win hands down,i reckon if your going to tour the planet then yeah get a trailer if for nothing else it will carry loads more extra gear but touring your own country on tarmac panniers should be fine.
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Old 02-15-12, 11:27 AM
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My BoB trailer had a cheap hub, I got a WTB GreaseGuard Hub, in 28 spoke,
intending a replacement wheel build, but just shed the trailer instead.

Anyone wants to buy the new hub, let me know.
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