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Heavy-duty, one-size-fits-all cargo trailer?

Old 11-22-17, 03:40 PM
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Heavy-duty, one-size-fits-all cargo trailer?

Hello,

I was asked by a bike co-op to find a robust cargo trailer that would fit any bike and be easy to hook/unhook.

Seat-post mounted trailers seemed like a good idea at first, but I was told axle-mounted trailers like the CarryFreedom Y Large can haul more cargo. However, they might not work with bikes that have an internal gear hub.

For that reason, I was advised to look at trailers whose hitch clamps down on the chain stay instead, such as the Thule Chariot Bike Trailer Alternative Hitch:



What do you think?

Thank you.
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Old 11-26-17, 10:42 PM
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How much do you need to carry? My Travoy carries 60lbs.
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If you have a larger aka non-folding bike the lower hitch is more stable in my opinion. Take a look at the Bikes at Work trailer line. They are based out of Iowa and make a range of heavy duty trailers. They use a modular type construction that allows the trailers to "grow". Website is down at the moment, but you can call them.

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Thanks for the infos.

How do seatpost-based solutions work when you're going downhill?

The trailers from Bikes@Work look great. I'll check if they're available this side of the Mississippi.

At this point, the most likely options seem to be Burley (Travoy and Flatbed) and Carry Freedom (Y Large).

Because of its flexibility, I'm leaning towards the Carry Freedom Y Large.


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Edit: I was told the Thule Chariot Bike Trailer Alternative Hitch was discontinued years ago. So it looks like the only options at this point are either seapost- or axle-based trailers.

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Any heavily loaded trailer going downhill needs to be done cautiously. I prefer to have the pivot point as low as possible for overall stability. My biggest beef with the seat post mount is it sometimes interferes with a rear rack. I also have had one break and jab me in the leg, shame on me for riding with it knowing it was cracked.

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Thanks for the feedback.

I'll think I'll go for the Carry Freedom Y Frame large, with an extension arm + wide axle beam.

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Edit: … altough, with those options, the bill goes up to about €550/$600 :-/

A cheaper option is Wike's cargo DIY package, but the regular tow bar doesn't allow for unusually long cargo. Mmm…


https://wicycle.com/products/bike-trailers/diy

I'm surprised such basic trailers are so expensive, although they're just a board + axle + wheelset + tow bar + hitch

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1. For those of you riding bikes with an IGH (Nexus/Alfine), do you think the axle hitch will fit on the black bike on the bottom, ie. won't the axle be too short ?



2. Is the axle on the Brompton strong enough for axle-based trailers?
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Sturmey Archer hub axles are tempered steel (the sun gear in the middle) only hollow is the right end for the shifting mech, the left is solid,

I have a cast Stainless steel Chariot hitch, on my B, held on by the axle nut, axle barely long enough.. not all threads engaged,

but most are ... 4/5 ths..







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Hello,

I was asked by a bike co-op to find a robust cargo trailer that would fit any bike and be easy to hook/unhook.

Seat-post mounted trailers seemed like a good idea at first, but I was told axle-mounted trailers like the CarryFreedom Y Large can haul more cargo. However, they might not work with bikes that have an internal gear hub.

For that reason, I was advised to look at trailers whose hitch clamps down on the chain stay instead, such as the Thule Chariot Bike Trailer Alternative Hitch:



What do you think?



Thank you.


Not on the bikeshophub website now, just the stainless steel ones, no pin to keep the ball in the socket?
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Old 12-20-17, 01:14 PM
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I have converted many Burley Trailers to grocery carts, haulers, and even made a Custom Garden Cart for one of the Co-ops here. I like Burleys because they have the best attachment system and you can find them on Craigslist beat up for next to nothing. I've done everything from a triple large bin hauler to very nice looking/finshed wooden crates bolted to the frame w/extensions to haul whatever. Imagination is your friend here.
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Old 12-21-17, 07:13 AM
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Thanks for the feedback.

I assume the Nomad is the Flatbed with a cover:

https://burley.com/product-category/cargo-and-pets/
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No, they are different. The Flatbed is just straight up open top/front/back. You get no protection from elements, must tie everything down proper but you get the flexibility of hauling things/objects/artifacts/oddly shaped collectibles/vagabonds that would not normally fit into a confined* Burley. The Nomad has 4 sides protected with a nice aero appearance giving the sidewalls more height to bring taller gear or whatnot while having the luxury of covering all of it from the elements.




*4 sided
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I have a Canoe Portage pack , its a big dry bag with shoulder straps , so it makes up for the enclosed space of the Nomad

and adds shoulder straps to wear the trailer if needed. the nomad cover is just coated nylon, OK in decent weather,
but you probably will stuff sack everything you put in it..

I used my Flatbed to haul an old TV to the thrift store.. last summer..

Worker-owned Co Op era used QR Front hub wheels 406-20", the privately held 'Burly' brand ones now are made in Asia,
and use single sided 16" wheels ..


now for heavy duty.. https://www.bikesatwork.com/ , is modular , you add sections to increase the length, and dual up the wheels
to increase the weight carrying capacity



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