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We get to see and touch and test all sorts of great cycling gear here at our world headquarters. But we actually get to meet very few of our customers in person.

We just know you are out there taking pictures of your amazing cycling adventures. We want to see them! The best ones will be shared on the relevant section of this blog: Bike Cargo Trailers, Bike Touring, Bike Technology and Family Cycling.

Yearly Archives: 2011

Chrome Bags and Striped Socks

We’ve been selling Chrome Bags for about a year now.  I’m not sure if its made us any more stylish than we were before, but as I’m  noticing who is carrying them around Flagstaff, I’m a little bit more aware of the current fashion trends, as I was here spotting this Chrome Citizen Messenger Bags making its way up San Francisco Street over this cyclist’s shoulder.

Merry Christmas from

Brian’s Nashbar/BOB Love Child

As a purveyor of BOB Trailers, we’ve often looked in disdain at Nashbar’s knockoff single-wheel trailer offering at about half the price.  We’ve also spoken and heard about quite a few Nashbar trailer customers that have not been happy with the performance.  There must be a few happy customers our there, but we’ve never heard from them.

Brian had the most novel approach to the issues he had with his trailer my modyfying and rebuilding into something unique.  We’re excited to see how Brian’s trailer continue to evolve.  By the way, we’re running low on interesting bike trailer photos here in the winter months.  If you have anything of note on a hard drive, please send them on in.

In Brian’s word’s:

This was a Nashbar trailer that the fork failed on.  My main use for this trailer will be for trail work/maintenance a few miles from my house and running errands so this will be a project in work for awhile.  The rear rack carries a rack bag most times and my plans are to add a dynamo tire driven light system with battery storage.The fork came from the trailer shop and if I add rear suspension I will probably use the Ibex shock.  Thanks for looking and when I get it finished and painted I will send another picture.

How Bikes Can Save Us! or Things that You Probably Already Know in a Nice Graphic

What seems like an “Internet Marketer” sent in the following graphic to post to Commute By Bike. As we recently posted a thinly veiled link farming attempt with this not very expert post about mountain bike commuting, I didn’t want to subject our readers to two in a row.

For what appears to be a vehicle for getting a link onto sites, I have to say I like the message of this graphic. It’s a comprehensive summary in graphic form of some of the benefits of cycling with info on how some places have made it happen. In summary I think they earned their link but we’re done for awhile.
Biking And Health
Created by: Healthcare Management Degree

Stu’s BONGO Arch

In developing the Big and the Really Big Wandertec BONGOs, we decided to incorporate the rail system, a liner and a waterproof cover. The challenge for the cover was to come up with a simple, sturdy design that was easy to install and remove. One key element we were thinking through was how to keep water from pooling on-top of the cover. So the brainstorming began.

The proposed ideas included a center tent pole and a pole that tensioned across like this arch. We kept throwing around a variety of potentially lightweight designs, but to get the ball rolling, Stu cranked out a version of this sturdy looking arch. Upon seeing Stu’s first attempt, I realized that simple and strong was most likely best. Not only would this serve to prop up our waterproof cover, it was tough enough to handle any other abuse that might get hurled its way. The Big and the Really Big BONGOs are after all being designed as tough, around-the-town work trailers.

Stu ran with the design and refined it a bit more to this 2nd rendition pictured here, somewhat reminiscent of the Gateway Arch of St. Louis.

Bike Parking: Salsa Fargo

Hey look! Someone is using our bike rack! Since Stu built this incredible bike rack, I think that I’ve only seen people lock up their bike to it 5 or 6 times. Perhaps its just so amazing that people are scared to scratch it. I think it just needs to get a little weather worn to be more inviting.

I was happy to see that this Salsa Fargo came by for a visit a few weeks ago. This Fargo was even nice enough to pose for a little modeling of the Racktime DoubleIt Panniers while it was at it.

Marty’s Landscape Chores by Bike Trailer

Marty of The Jersey Pedaler sent in this photo of his Carry Freedom Y-Frame Trailer.  If  those ties had a pillow strapped to the front, it could make a decent headrest.

Carried 3x8ft landscape ties at 25# each from garden center 4 miles home

Big BONGO Prototype Testing

If you follow this blog, you may have noticed that we are developing a new version of the Wandertec BONGO Trailer. I’ve posted a few images of the Really Big version of this new design. We are also doing a size that we are just calling Big for those who want a large around town utility trailer but won’t appreciate the massive scale of the Really Big.

Really Big Wandertec BONGO Bike Trailer loaded up with Winter Cycling Tires

Tom’s Bike Shuttle by Bike Trailer Solution

As a life-long cyclist, I have found many times that I’ve wanted or needed to carry one bike with another.  The main reason I’ve needed to transport another bike is because I need to get the out of commission bike down to the bike shop.  But there are all sorts of other logistical reasons where bike hauling capabilities come in handy.  Shuttling kids bikes, picking someone up at the airport, working at a bike shop and picking up bikes up for repair and the list goes on.

Bike trailers are a great way to transport bikes.  We’ve messed around with a variety of techniques for mounting the bike to the trailer including, using a fork block and letting the rear wheel pull on the ground, mounting a roof rack tray to the bike trailer (as shown below) or simply loading the whole bike into the trailer if the trailer is big enough.

Tom sent in a great example of a trailer adapted to this purpose:

After finding myself shuttling my kids’ bikes to and from school because of varying schedules, I decided to use an old Schwinn trailer frame, a Burley hitch and a couple of roof rack components from my car to build this bicycle-carrying trailer.

Amy’s Trailer-Cycle and Her Son’s Big Smiles

With our Adam’s Trailer-Cycle Sale running through next Tuesday, I wanted to post this submission from a family who has been able to share the joys of cycling with their son who has Down syndrome

We were so grateful to find your “trail-a-bike!” Our little boy has Down syndrome and at age 9 still does not have the coordination to ride a bike by himself, but the trail-a-bike allows him to have the same experience as riding a typical bike. It’s so great to see him riding down the road with the wind blowing in his face, his feet pedaling and a smile that shines like the sun! Plus, we were so impressed by what a beautiful bike it is. (We got the red one.) Happy trails!