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Old 11-24-12, 06:02 AM
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BOB Trailers

Sorry for all the questions but this is new territory for us.

What are the advantages and disadvantages for using and not using a trailer like a BOB trailer?
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Old 11-24-12, 06:37 AM
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advantage: you can carry a lot of stuff!

disadvantage: you can carry a lot of stuff!

going on a long tour through the wastelands, no problem carrying 5 gallons of water,
a week's worth of groceries, extra-large tent, computer, hiking boots, etc........

problem is you often take too much, simply because you have the space and don't
need to conserve room.

i dragged a bob for six months in NZ, one year doing the perimeter of AU, and across
the US. i like the single-wheel design, since it tracks with the bike, no worries
about one wheel in traffic and the other off the pavement. takes a lot of the weight
off the rear wheel (if not using rear panniers).

but you need to carry a different sized spare. more of a problem to box up when
flying. harder to move your bike and gear when crossing a fence or going up a
flight of stairs.
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That was very inforative. Thank you.

I worry about, when carrying stuff on my bike, that I will break the spokes. I am a heavy guy to start with.
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Certainly no reason to apologize for asking questions, fire away!

This particular subject has been discussed in great depth for years on these forums. If you do a search for "trailers" or "BOB" or something, you will find thousands of informative posts.
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for utility, i found it had 1 too few wheels. so packing outside Costco I had a wobbly trailer all the way home.

Elk Hunters like them though.. blood drips out, thru the bottom mesh, back thru the woods .
On the way back to the Truck.

see, the many 1 vs 2 wheel trailer threads.


You can use stronger rear wheels.. I built a 48 spoke rear , so i could just ride
and not repair my bike on a long tour..

Like cassette index shifting ?, shimano tandem hubs can be reduced in axle width,
with a little parts swapping .
the hubs are not that pricy..

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Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
Sorry for all the questions but this is new territory for us...
You'll get about a thousand times more answers if you use google to pose the questions that are asked every week or so on this forum, immediately without wait:

https://www.google.com/search?q=bob+...bikeforums.net
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Sorry for all the questions but this is new territory for us.
US? going tandem now? talked the SO into taking the back saddle, Or do they want to steer?
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Originally Posted by saddlesores View Post
advantage: you can carry a lot of stuff!

disadvantage: you can carry a lot of stuff!

going on a long tour through the wastelands, no problem carrying 5 gallons of water,
a week's worth of groceries, extra-large tent, computer, hiking boots, etc........
I am not sure I agree saddlesores view that a trailer means you carry a lot of stuff just for the sake of it, you can still use a trailer and just carry sufficient for your needs. I see a trailer more as a means to carry what is required and hence use it in that context. So for example behind my Giant XTC 2 mountain bike, I don't have rear racks but instead use a Extrawheel Voyager trailer, i.e., the trailer replaces a rear rack on the bike and it only takes two panniers.


XTC 2 with Extrawheel Voyager - not really loaded up as I was testing the setup

That said I am with saddlesores in terms of longer tours and used my Voyager behind my Surly Long Haul Trucker on my Chasing the Dirt tour where I had to carry sufficient food for a stretch which was likely to be 20 days between resupply and for periods where water was unlikely to be replenished for five days.



All that said I also just tour with my racks and panniers. I really make a decision depending on the tour.

Oh, I find the Extrawheel Voyager design means it is much easier to fly with. I have managed to pack in a box with my Surly and got it on a flight under 32 kg and for $20.00

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You have already bought Ortliebs. Your Bilenky is being built with a 48 spoke rear wheel around a White Industries tandem hub, a 40 spoke front wheel and Tubus racks. Don't understand why you are considering a B.O.B.

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