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Old 10-31-15, 11:44 AM
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Looking for trailers

Hello all.

In the coming weeks, I will be moving into the city and will be curbing my vehicle more and more, opting to ride more to work, do errands and grocery shop. I do have panniers on my commuter bike but would like the chance to own a trailer for groceries and other errands.

But I am not sure what trailer to get.

This one looks great:

https://www.amazon.com/Burley-Design-...=burley+travoy

But when reading the reviews, people mention the trailer easily tips over.

What are your thoughts?

Other recommendations?

Thank you, kindly.
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Old 10-31-15, 12:12 PM
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What do want to Carry ? Travoy attaches to your seat post its like a luggage dolly but has bags for your stuff
you can walk with it in tow or push It , its pretty unique

if things are OK at 4 feet wide the width would help not tip. but in reality there must be compromises .

https://www.biketrailershop.com/ look around

single wheel trailers attach to both sides of the bike , rear hub axle skewer tip riding not really .
but the load can move the bike.

any 2 wheel trailer can be caused to tip if you rollover stuff wrong.

I have 2 trailers Neither are made anymore .. I'll leave it at that.

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Old 10-31-15, 12:34 PM
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Old 10-31-15, 12:37 PM
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I use a Y-frame with a plastic carton box for groceries. You can get quick-fitting collapsible cartons for the flat bed.
Wheels remove easily for flat storage.
Flat beds are versatile for loads other than groceries, eg hardware supplies.
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Look for a used kids trailer on Craigslist...They can be modified any way you need.
Picked up three free ones in my neighborhood.

Got this one free.



another free one and the tub.

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Old 11-01-15, 08:25 AM
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Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
Hello all.

In the coming weeks, I will be moving into the city and will be curbing my vehicle more and more, opting to ride more to work, do errands and grocery shop. I do have panniers on my commuter bike but would like the chance to own a trailer for groceries and other errands.

But I am not sure what trailer to get.

This one looks great:

https://www.amazon.com/Burley-Design-...=burley+travoy

But when reading the reviews, people mention the trailer easily tips over.

What are your thoughts?

Other recommendations?

Thank you, kindly.

Hi!

I use the Maya Cycle trailer. Fits the groceries and I can take the trailer and bag inside when necessary



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Old 11-02-15, 01:01 PM
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I went with the used trailer from Craigslist route ($100) and am very pleased so far. Mine is a canine carrier with around 100lb capacity.

As others have said, they can tip over but honestly, you would have to really pull a bonehead move to do it.

One drawback is that it's difficult to deal with hills. I live in a very hilly environment so I have to plan my routes based on the weight I'm pulling and how safely I can stop.

If you are dealing with any significant downhills that have a stop or a corner at the bottom you will need to have strong brakes with good modulation and keep them always tuned well. I have some beefy cantilevers on my Cannondale and they can be pretty sketchy on steep hills when pulling the trailer. I am very conservative on descents with the trailer.

So, I would say just make sure your brakes can handle it. And for pulling up a hill - what doesn't kill us makes us stronger ... right?

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Craigs list. Keep an eye on it. $40 is probably the most I'd pay. Who knows, something free may come up.
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Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
In the coming weeks, I will be moving into the city and will be curbing my vehicle more and more, opting to ride more to work, do errands and grocery shop. I do have panniers on my commuter bike but would like the chance to own a trailer for groceries and other errands.

But I am not sure what trailer to get.
If you live in a hilly area, get a light trailer, either the Burley Travoy or those from CarryFreedom.

Besides being lighter than eg. child trailers, they can fold easily, which is a good thing if you have to keep it in an appartment.
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Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
Hello all.

In the coming weeks, I will be moving into the city and will be curbing my vehicle more and more, opting to ride more to work, do errands and grocery shop. I do have panniers on my commuter bike but would like the chance to own a trailer for groceries and other errands.

But I am not sure what trailer to get.

This one looks great:

https://www.amazon.com/Burley-Design-...=burley+travoy

But when reading the reviews, people mention the trailer easily tips over.

What are your thoughts?

Other recommendations?

Thank you, kindly.
I'm not in the market for a trailer, but I would think that the trailer in the link you supplied, could be something that with the right about of weight close to the top of the trailer would pull you over or make you feel a little unstable in turns. Those that attach lower on the bike seem to be a trailer of choice.
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Old 11-20-15, 02:38 PM
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Which city? What kind of dwelling will you use? I have a trailer in our apartment building in NYC, but it's a lot of trouble to take in and out of the building. Plus, most places I go don't have room for it. I use it occasionally when I have something very big to haul. If you are going to have a garage, that may solve the problem.

I have a kiddie trailer I got used on craigslist, and I removed the top and sides, so it's just a flatbed. I use bungies and sometimes boxes to keep the cargo on.
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