Should i get a trailer

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briggsy
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Re: Should i get a trailer

Postby briggsy » 24 Jun 2010, 6:32pm

Hi all

My thinking aloud (and all your sage advice) has brought me to the following:

Can Mrs B and me get all our stuff for 4 weeks touring & camping in two rear panniers (each - mine at 40l, Mrs B's at 28l) and bar bags? Bearing in mind that I don't want to overload my bike (it's an audax, not a heavy tourer and has 700x25c tyres). We managed a 2/3 week tour like this last year but didn't camp. Going to try and pack everything and see how much it weighs etc. I know it should all fit in and we should travel light etc but until we try it with our gear we won't know. If it doesn't all fit, Mrs B says I can get a trailer (or at least says she'll consider it).

I'd still love to hear all your comments and will let you know how the packing experiment goes.

Keith

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Re: Should i get a trailer

Postby peevafred » 24 Jun 2010, 7:39pm

briggsy wrote:Hi all

My thinking aloud (and all your sage advice) has brought me to the following:

Can Mrs B and me get all our stuff for 4 weeks touring & camping in two rear panniers (each - mine at 40l, Mrs B's at 28l) and bar bags? Bearing in mind that I don't want to overload my bike (it's an audax, not a heavy tourer and has 700x25c tyres). We managed a 2/3 week tour like this last year but didn't camp. Going to try and pack everything and see how much it weighs etc. I know it should all fit in and we should travel light etc but until we try it with our gear we won't know. If it doesn't all fit, Mrs B says I can get a trailer (or at least says she'll consider it).

I'd still love to hear all your comments and will let you know how the packing experiment goes.

Keith

As I see it you have two choices 1 pack not what you think you will need but what you do need. 2 Get a carryfreedom and a suitably sized holdall pack things in plastic bags and off you go.After all you are not going to the back of beyond so you should be able to get food etc from shos along the way without carrying it.
There are lots of info on trailers on other threads Eg a carryfreedom is very easy to hitch and unhitch it is no wider than a set of panniers ,it doesn't fall on its side when parked etc etc

bikebelle
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Re: Should i get a trailer

Postby bikebelle » 3 Jul 2010, 8:29pm

Used an 'extra wheel' trailer last year from Santander to St. Malo. It was easy to use, coz it has a 700 wheel, no need for extra tubes and tyres.

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Re: Should i get a trailer

Postby BARRACH » 3 Jul 2010, 9:22pm

Having returned from cycling the canal du midi where we met loads of cyclists with trailers, my husband
wouldnt rest until he got one. Managed to find one on ebay for a reasonable price but havent managed to
get round to trying it out. Its a german make, a webber. Personally I cant wait to try it as I will have
less of a load to carry. Its got a large bag in similar material to ortleib panniers and folds down flat.
Aesthetically I think it looks really nice and smart.

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Re: Should i get a trailer

Postby dkmwt » 6 Jul 2010, 12:06pm

Another trailer that you might want to try is a Radical cyclone. I have one and it's brill.

http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/ ... i-09-34517

I didn't get mine from there I've had mine for 6 years I think I paid £250 but can't remember who I got it from.
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briggsy
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Re: Should i get a trailer

Postby briggsy » 7 Jul 2010, 8:57pm

@dkmwt - I saw the Cyclone and really liked it, however the price is too high. I also thought 100l would be too much room and couldn't believe the bag isn't waterproof given the price tag.

I've ordered a Carry Freedom Y-Frame (Small) unfortunately there is no stock in the UK! I'm hoping some comes in soon as we are due to fly out in 3 weeks.

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Re: Should i get a trailer

Postby briggsy » 25 Aug 2010, 6:56pm

Hi everyone

Thought I'd let you know how I got on. I had to cancel the Carry Freedom I ordered as it was not going to arrive before I set off. After some amazing customer service from both Carry freedom and DTEK I decided to hire a trailer from DTEK.

We've just returned from a 900mile trip around Italy pulling 'Bessie' our Burley Nomad full of camping gear etc. We had a great time and certainly feel I made the right choice. I got stared at quite a lot and was even asked if I had a baby inside (I assume because it does look a bit like a small kiddie trailer). The trailer gave no problems whatsoever and the planes/trains/ferries we used didn't bat an eyelid.

in all, a success.

Thanks for all your advice,

Keith

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Re: Should i get a trailer

Postby garibeet » 25 Aug 2010, 7:24pm

I have a trailer form Edinburgh bicycle cooperative and really like it. I have used it for touring as well as for shopping etc.
I do have panniers and I have an Xtracycle now too but have no plans to part with it.
I find that it is easy to pack, so much easier than panniers, also it has so many uses, as I said already for shopping but I also use it for carrying my camera gear places that would be a long walk, around town etc.
I have had it for over a year and it's still going strong so well made I think, and was £150 so what can I say....
I can put a link to pics if anyone wants to see what it looks like.
Gari

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Re: Should i get a trailer

Postby ericonabike » 27 Aug 2010, 9:23am

Just like to put in a plug for the Carry Freedom City - http://www.carryfreedom.com/city.html- Have towed this behind tandem and solos and love it! The centre of gravity is really low and until you're going uphill, you really don't notice it. We went to Germany by train this year, with the trailer, to pick up a couple of hire solos when we arrived. The trailer makes a great wheeled suitcase and fitted in a moment to my hire bike. It's also good if you and partner represent, shall we say, differing levels of cycling enthusiasm? I was able to use it as resistance training whilst Mrs E pedalled unencumbered by any luggage at all. It costs £250 but it's a jewel of a thing, and will last for years.
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Re: Should i get a trailer

Postby snowbirds » 28 Aug 2010, 3:41pm

Hi, we have used a BOB IBIS trailer behind our tandem for 5years and have had no problems towing it, on the contary, it is the best introdution to the NATIVES, and can never do without it, we have unhooked and taken on trains in SPAIN and FRANCE
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