Trailers For General Use, Shopping etc

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by cosmicbike, 4 Jan 2019.

  1. Tigerbiten

    Tigerbiten Veteran

    I've pulled a large Carry Freedom trailer with a box on it behind my recumbent trike when going shopping of the last 8 years.
    I find just dumping all the shopping into the box a lot easier than trying to pack it into my panniers.
     
  2. byegad

    byegad Legendary Member

    Location:
    NE England
    In my upright riding days I had a Bike Hod. Used mostly on holidays it made shopping easy, carrying enough for 2 for a week at one lift.
     
  3. Salar

    Salar Über Member

    Location:
    Somewhere
    A few questions :smile:

    How do the trailers cope with disc brakes, any problems fitting them to rear stays and do you need longer QR skewers if axle mounted?

    I was considering a seat post mount type as I'd like to use the trailer on different bikes, however from what I've read this type of trailer doesn't seem to be so safe and stable and I wouldn't trust the tow bar hitch in case the trailer bounced off, I'd want something more secure.
    I'd be towing approx 25Kg.

    I would imagine the cheaper trailers are made for nutted axles and not disc brakes, but I might well be wrong.
     
  4. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

    Location:
    Midlands
    I find trailers such a faff, that I prefer just to use panniers and if necessary a rucksack too. I would prefer to shop more often than mess around with a trailer, especially when the trailer limits the routes I can take.
     
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  5. Salar

    Salar Über Member

    Location:
    Somewhere
    I don't think I could manage our dog in panniers. :rolleyes:
     
  6. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

    Location:
    Midlands
    dogpannier1.jpg

    Or if you are too cheap

    hersehlclose.jpg
     
  7. Salar

    Salar Über Member

    Location:
    Somewhere
    You beat me to it. :smile:
     
  8. Salar

    Salar Über Member

    Location:
    Somewhere
    Something like this,which is foldable and probably rattly but I'd have to line it near the wheels. Paws and spokes don't mix
    trailer.jpg
     
  9. Tobes

    Tobes Regular

    Location:
    Twickenham

    I have disc brakes on my MTB which I use with my trailer on a quick release axle. The hitch plate is only about 3mm thick and is easily accommodated.

    I leave the hitch plate on the bike at all times and can attach/detach the trailer in about 15 seconds
     
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  10. Salar

    Salar Über Member

    Location:
    Somewhere
    This is the hitch mounting for the one I've shown in the above post. Looks fine for discs and skewers and can be left on the bike.

    The trailer sides fold inwards. All I need to do is line them with some thin ply / perspex and a few cable ties.

    Our dog doesn't like enclosed spaces, so this should suit him with a harness.

    hitch mount.jpg
     
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  11. LeetleGreyCells

    LeetleGreyCells Reinvented for 2019 - Formerly RealLeeHimself

    This is exactly how mine works. I did have to shave a little off the hitch with a hacksaw so that it hung in the correct place with the trailer attached. Two minute job.

    The hitch is on the QR and does not interfere with the wheel or disc brake.
     
  12. Salar

    Salar Über Member

    Location:
    Somewhere
    Very true. I've done a bit of googling and some do suffer from frayed side panels from wheel contact and it's not just the cheap ones.

    That is one reason I was considering the type of cargo trailer I've shown above, which I can easily add lightweight side panels to protect my dogs paws and nose! and also keep small items in the trailer.

    UPDATE
    Only thing is,after checking dimensions, the one I've shown might be too small, so might have to buy a larger doggy type and do something to the side walls.
     
    Last edited: 8 Jan 2019
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  13. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    Location:
    Glasgow
    My trailer came with a hitch same as @Salar up thread.
    At the time I only had a bike with nutted axles, so all good.
    Now I also have 2 disk brake bikes, the hitch does not fit any of them, worth checking before you buy.
    I don't mind using the trailer with just that one bike, because it's the only one that also has a kickstand: parking a bike with trailer attached is so much easier with a kickstand.
     
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