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Old 11-07-11, 05:02 PM
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Any tips for my friend using a BOB trailer?

Hi, I am using Ortlieb panniers for touring next year, my friend picked up a BOB trailer from a shop going out of business. Any tips he should know about using it? We will be doing a couple of shake down overnights before going on longer tours.
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Originally Posted by campylover
Hi, I am using Ortlieb panniers for touring next year, my friend picked up a BOB trailer from a shop going out of business. Any tips he should know about using it? We will be doing a couple of shake down overnights before going on longer tours.
Same rules as panniers apply. Don't carry more stuff just because you have the space. The trailer can carry a whole lot of stuff but just because it can doesn't mean it should.

I've found that cargo trailers tend to 'wag the dog'. High speed downhills can push the front wheel off track in corners and the rear tends to lift under heavy braking. It can be a little disconcerting because the steering can get real vague just when you don't what it to be.

The kid trailers I've used have a different hitch mechanism that doesn't lift or push the front of the bike.
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Downhills can be dangerous if break pads aren't relatively new..definitely make sure breaks are in good shape and be willing to buy new ones as needed
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Trailers in general *
load it low , *heavy stuff towards the front, and strap stuff down tight.

best on bikes with beefy rear triangles., as the trailer torques the back of the bike..

have loaded a box in my BoB, it rocked sideways the whole way home.

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Originally Posted by fietsbob
load it low , heavy stuff towards the front, and strap stuff down tight.

best on bikes with beefy rear triangles., as the trailer torques the back of the bike..
Nope! I've used the BOB for 10 years and just finished a 1600 mile trip with it. Low yes, but as far to the rear as possible. Get the weight on the trailer tire rather than the tongue. I've done over 40mph with it fully loaded. If it's packed high or to the front, it gets squirelly above 25.

As far as what you carry, the same rules apply as panniers. The bag(s) will carry as much as you need but not as much as you want. Figure out the needs. I took just 2 sets of bike clothes and one set of street clothes. I used sandals for my street shoes and added socks when it got cool. I did add a long sleeve t shirt. My kitchen was the heaviest thing in the bag.
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Originally Posted by one_beatnik
Nope! I've used the BOB for 10 years and just finished a 1600 mile trip with it. Low yes, but as far to the rear as possible. Get the weight on the trailer tire rather than the tongue. I've done over 40mph with it fully loaded. If it's packed high or to the front, it gets squirelly above 25.

As far as what you carry, the same rules apply as panniers. The bag(s) will carry as much as you need but not as much as you want. Figure out the needs. I took just 2 sets of bike clothes and one set of street clothes. I used sandals for my street shoes and added socks when it got cool. I did add a long sleeve t shirt. My kitchen was the heaviest thing in the bag.
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Thanks for the info, I'll pass it on to him. (he will need new brake pads) He has a Cannondale Sport tourer with side pull brakes and a Nishiki older touring bike with canties. He is going to try both to see what one is better with the trailer.
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Check to make sure the trailer is properly attached to the bike before taking off every day.
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I put a Schwalbe tire on my Bob to get higher air pressure. I prefer touring with racks and panniers, but the Bob is a good alternative when circumstances dictate.
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This may be exceedingly obvious, but a trailer really changes the braking response (I find that I need to use the rear brakes fairly aggressively); the weight distribution in the trailer changes the braking response as well.
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One other thing, if you are using presta tubes on the bike, it's nice to have presta tubes on the trailer...less fiddling with the pump. Niagra Cycle Works carries 20" presta tubes. Get a few for spares.
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Some advise bringing an extra set of the "pins" that secure the trailer fork to the skewer in case you lose the original set. My GF uses a B.O.B. and we have never done this, but I can envision a scenario or two where you could possibly tear the rubber attachment and lose a pin.
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+1 on having extra pins. I never thought it'd be a problem, but I laid mine down several times and...well, the first time it was a scramble to find a replacement. Fortunately, the repair guru at an rv park had a spare cotter pin that worked like a charm. After that, I carried them.

I'm not so sure about the weight towards the back. I did that and my trailer was all over the place. I placed my heavy items in the front and then evenly distributed everything else and had no problems with wagging. Other problems, yes, but none trailer related.
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+1, had some one this summer seeking a spare Bobbin-skewer, as theirs was bent.
they being unique and small enough , carry a spare.
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My Bob gets more flats than the tires on the bike, probably since it has cheaper tires. Make sure you have spare tubes for the Bob, and if you can, put some decent tires on it. And I agree with the other posters about the importance of good brakes.
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I think he might slime the tube or install a tire liner. Glad I have panniers!
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I found the original BOB tire not to my liking just because of the sound of it. I always felt I had a truck following me! I found a smooth tire at a bike shop that's used on the front of some recumbents. Solved. I also found presta valve tubes. On my recent tour, I had 2 flats on the trailer both caused by thin pieces of wire I presume from steel belted tires. Patch and go. You really know something's wrong when the trailer tire goes flat!
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i had a fell club member tour with me here in ireland for a week his set up is a recumbent (man those things can fly ) and a bob trailer with slick tires on , NO flats no wobbles at high or low speed ***** on hills though . he had no problems at all to be honest as far as i could see and everything went in willie nillie didn't seem to matter what way it was packed, i was struggling to just keep the guy in sight for the entire tour.
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My Bob gets more flats than the tires on the bike, probably since it has cheaper tires. Make sure you have spare tubes for the Bob, and if you can, put some decent tires on it. And I agree with the other posters about the importance of good brakes.
Why not put in tire liners? I use the Mr. Tuffy Ultralites on my bike tires and trailer tires. Nothing is 100%, but I've had only one flat in several months and I ride through some pretty bad spots (glass, nails).
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I own a couple of BOB's and what I found to be the most annoying was when I stopped I put my double leg kickstand down on my bike but found the BOB would push the bike over .. so I put a kickstand on the BOB also now I no longer have to watch for the bike to fall over ..
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Get rid of the lousy stock tire that comes with it and put on a Schwalbe Marathon Plus (high pressure/nearly flat proof/expensive) or a Schwalbe Marathon/Kenda Kwest 100psi (cheaper but still high psi).
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The original hub is nothing to write home about either..
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A good source for trailer stuff is right here: https://www.biketrailershop.com/bike-...ies-e-253.html
They have very good prices too, at least for the BOB.
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I've laced a 500W hub motor into my BOB wheel, with the 36V Lit-Ion battery mounted to the deck, I've achieved over 100K a day on a single charge. I only use the BOB for touring, carrying tent, sleeping bag and other essentials works great on the hills until I can unhook and take off for fun rides after getting to camp. The most important lesson for me is to keep the center of gravity low and keep the speeds down on the hills.
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