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Will a hiking backpack fit in a BOB-style trailer?

Old 03-29-11, 11:08 PM
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Will a hiking backpack fit in a BOB-style trailer?

Hey everyone,

First off, thanks to whoever created bikeforums.net, this huge community of cyclists sounds like the perfect place for my two-wheeled issues.

I intend to ride around the world after I'm done with university, but until then, I'll be sticking to shorter trips; a few hundred miles at a time.
I'm about to start ordering my gear for self-supported, mostly solo touring.

Basically, my question is, will a "standard" hiking backpack fit into a trailer similar to the B.O.B. - along with a folk guitar? Please help me figure out how.

Below I explain in full detail why and how I want to do this, before I start getting lectures about how panniers>trailers lol.


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Just like many people, I had the panniers VS trailer dilemma. I really like the idea of having one vehicle carrying it all, but then again, I will not go touring without my full sized folk guitar. And I'm not willing to ride with my legs spread apart having the guitar's neck sticking out under the saddle and over the frame.

So I don't seem to have a choice, but to get a trailer.
I was looking at the B.O.B., but then I noticed this cheaper, foldable trailer which I have read only positive reviews about so far.

https://www.actionbent.com/twtrailer.html

I like the concept of being able to fold the trailer and pack it away; not only for air travel - but also while in big cities when be-bopping among cars & buses at peak hour (I heard Hanoi was a TERRIBLE place for cyclists), I would rather not be dragging anything behind me, but rather have it all on my back for improved agility, and safety of my gear.

This is where the hiking backpack comes in. In such a situation I could take the backpack out of the trailer, put it on my back, wear the guitar gig bag over it (bulky and painful, but I don't mind for short distances), fold the trailer, secure it onto the rear rack of the bike, and have maximum control of my bicycle until I reach my destination.
I also like the idea of having a backpack rather than just a waterproof bag in which I stuff everything (like in the BOB), because I don't want to leave my stuff outside when going food shopping and such. And also because I might leave the bike somewhere and go hiking on foot sometimes.

So, will a backpack of standard dimensions (50L? I'm not sure, haven't bought one yet, I want enough storage in it to be able to last one week away from civilization at most) fit into this "tw" trailer? I know it would have to be standing upright, but do you think it would be possible to attach it with bungee cords in a stable manner? I don't think that leaning a huge bag onto a plastic fender is a good idea... How about sideways over the trailer? (Screw aerodynamics; remember I also have to fit a guitar onto this somehow. )

Here's how one tourer did it; try picturing a backpack instead of the yellow bag on the picture : https://globalguitarcycle.com/

I'm sorry for not being more concise about this. Thank you for reading!
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Old 03-30-11, 05:03 AM
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Yes the BoB trailer will work but get it with the yellow bag it will hold all you need along with a set of panniers.Do not try to stand up a back pack it will make the BoB Trailer top heavy. Here is my set up.
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Old 03-30-11, 07:49 AM
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"I would rather not be dragging anything behind me, but rather have it all on my back for improved agility, and safety of my gear."

Riding with a large backpack on your back is going to lessen your agility and safety by raising your center of gravity.
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Old 03-30-11, 09:28 AM
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I have used my trailer with a backpack several times and it works great. I have a Gregory Whitney I load it as if backpacking, lay it in the trailer and I'm off. At the base of my hiking start I lock the BOB and Bike to something solid (Warning) huge risk here as thieves know your gear is unattended. However I have yet to have a problem. I don't go to cities much.

Another thing to consider. When rain is a possibility, most backpacks are not fully waterproof so my backpack fits into the BOB yellow bag.

Good luck
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Old 03-30-11, 10:28 AM
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hang on a sec,you want to strap the bob trailer along with you folk guitar onto your backpack when riding through city's .ah i must be reading this all wrong ,but if i'm not why on earth would you want to do such a thing ,people in cars are not blind they will see you a towing a trailer and give you a wide birth.
i really don't mean to be a smart ass but you will be fine with the bike guitar trailer set up.
btw what make of guitar is it .
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Old 03-30-11, 11:22 AM
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Basically, my question is, will a "standard" hiking backpack fit into a trailer similar to the B.O.B. - along with a folk guitar?
basically NO.
A few Summers ago, I talked briefly to a woman folksinger on a self promo tour
on her bike .

Traveling with her guitar, a rain-song brand appropriately named for a Pac NW tour,
and had a Xtracycle longtail kit added to her MTB.
Guitar on one side, [light foam case] 2 front and 1 rear pannier for the rest..

Look at the Big Dummy frames, too you could load backpack on 1 side,
guitar on the other.

and still have 2 small front panniers in added capacity..

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tanslacks;
The part about unattended gear is confusing - if your backpack is with you, and your bike is attached, what have they to steal?
Regardless, what strikes me is that the BOB bag looks really compact, yet the backpack you're talking about seems much larger than the trailer itself. Any advice on how to put it in? Are you leaning the bag against the fender of the trailer's wheel?


antokelly;
I'm talking about a trailer like the BOB but that is foldable (and quite cheaper, too). I posted a link to it in the above post. I won't be carrying the trailer on my back but rather on the rear rack of the bike. That doesn't matter though.
I'm just concerned about fixing a backpack + guitar onto the trailer when it's mounted to the bike. The guitar is a folk Ibanez, very broad crystal clear sound. I am aware of the risks that touring poses to a guitar, but I just don't see the point in traveling with a crap-sounding instrument. Besides, I have no money to spend on another guitar.

fietsbob, I have looked at the xtracycle website but 1) I simply cannot afford their products, and 2) I am sentimentally attached to my two-wheeled Poney.

Also, I don't want panniers as it's just extra bags to carry & worry about. At most a hip bag that I will mount to the handlebar when riding, but that's all.


Thanks for all the feedback & advice!

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Old 03-30-11, 01:23 PM
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While you're stratagem has some strange points to it, I can say that you can easily fit a reasonable backpack into a BOB. I can't say anything for the particular trailer that you posted though, although it does look roughly the same dimensions.

I think that if you have a backpack, and a guitar, and the folded trailer, there is no way of elegantly manoeuvring in a city, and you would be destined to awkwardly hobble along. If I were in your case, I would first, pare down my travelling gear until I could comfortably carry it and my guitar for long distances, then buy the smallest backpack you can find that can comfortably fit all your camping gear (you should be able to do much less than 50L for a week long trip), and then just accept that even when you're in a city, you're going to have to be biking. The trailer doesn't actually make it any worse for you inside of a city.
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2) I am sentimentally attached to my two-wheeled Poney.
Xtracycle kit, It is an addition to your short bike, not a replacement ..

other than that, to haul what you want, the 2nd wheel makes it all possible ,
So IMHO (I used to own 1) .. drop the 1 wheel BOB idea.

Once you have the load stable behind you, in a 2 wheel trailer,
all you have to do is move it , and stop it.

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The part about unattended gear is confusing - if your backpack is with you, and your bike is attached, what have they to steal?
Regardless, what strikes me is that the BOB bag looks really compact, yet the backpack you're talking about seems much larger than the trailer itself. Any advice on how to put it in? Are you leaning the bag against the fender of the trailer's wheel?
The unattended gear I am talking about is my bike and trailer. It always makes me nervous leaving it attached to a pole or fence while I camp overnight, but like I said, the bike and trailer have always been there when I return.

You're right that my backpack is large and I cant fill it for a week long backpack trip, but it does fit in the BOB yellow bag. The BOB bags are quite large. When I tour I often bring a backpack and I often put that at the bottom of the yellow bag (unpacked) I don't know the measurements of the yellow bag, but it definitely surprised me.

Hope that helps
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i have recently bought one of those trailers there pretty good but they have a few faults like the quick release is rubbish wont lock properly also the wheel qr does not work i had to get to bolt re threaded because the threads on the bolt were to fine and were easily rung or cross threaded .also the big red bag is not 100% waterproof. other than that its spot on.
btw check out ebay for the look alike bobs or Edinburgh co op they make them.
best of luck with the tour .

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got a[carry-freedom-city] folding bike trailer and a folding Brompton,
so I can fold up the bike , put on top of the trailer and tow the trailer by hand
i can also fold up the bike and with a big enough tent,
bring the bike and trailer inside.
.. substitute a Canoeists Portage pack and you could wear the trailer.

I bring my Mandolin on my trips , much easier to cope with than a Guitar.

Though One of Martin's Backpacker Guitars is a lot lower volume in size.

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