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Bike cargo trailers are amazing tools for getting more out of a bicycle -- and keeping you a out of your car. In all their variety, bike cargo trailers are the perfect tools for hauling stuff by bike.

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Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Eclectic Ensemble’s Solar-Powered, Sound-System Bike Trailer

This photo submission shows what I would consider an inspired use of a bike cargo trailers.  For explaining, I’ll let the Eclectic Ensemble take it away.

The trailers are for Music Of The Sun, a mobile, solar- and bicycle-powered outdoor improvisational ambient music series directed toward Minneapolis park and trail system users. Twice a month spring through early fall, The Eclectic Ensemble loads a PA system and instruments into custom-built bicycle trailers and pedal to Minneapolis parks and bike trails to perform for free to the public. Performances happen any time during daylight hours, last 45 to 90 minutes, and can occur on any day of the week.
These are very strong custom built trailers by a TIG welder in Mpls. The A frame trailer weights 210 Lbs. when loaded and the flat bed trailer is 180 Lbs. when loaded.
Videos, photos, and more info on The Eclectic Ensemble’s website. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments
Tim D, Mpls. MN

Dillon’s Bike Moving Bike Trailer

There are many ways to build custom DIY bike trailer solutions to suit your needs.  I’ll let Dillon explain his solution:

I have been building many different types of bike trailers trying to find one that will hold up to what i need. With my bike shop I have to be able to tow a bike if I can’t fix it on site. I took an old dolly cart that I found in a dumpster and put on  two 26″ bike wheels and a steel arm and used a “U” hook and attached it to my bike, now I can tow any bike.

David’s Rolling Chariot

With our amazing deals on 2011 and 2012 Chariots going on through May 28th, I thought I would highlight this customer photo of David out enjoying his Chariot CX2. Not only our the Chariots great for cycling with your kids, they are great multi-use carriers for strolling, jogging, hiking, cross-country skiing and in this case roller blading.

Fabian’s BOB Trailer, Motorized Bicycle Adventure

Fabian has previously submitted photos of his bike cargo trailer, his train of bike trailers and a video as well  all hooked up to his gas-motor/hybrid.  Fabian took to the mountains with his bike and a BOB Ibex for a great adventure.

The story regarding these photos is best told by viewing the web link:
http://motorizedbikeforum.the-talk.net/t208-hill-climb-with-bob-ibex-trailer

Cass Gilbert’s Extrawheel Roundup

Our pal and world bike wanderer and writer Cass Gilbert borrowed an Extrawheel Voyager from us for a bit.  If anyone knows touring gear, it is Cass.  Check his great photography and writing about his adventures and favorite gear at his blog While Out Riding. So without further ado here is Cass…

Extrawheel Voyager

A rear rack and pannier setup, supplemented with a bar bag up front, is probably the ideal setup for  most tours. But there are times when a trailer comes in handy too, particularly for off-road exploration, where conditions are more demanding on your bicycle and its wheels.

As someone who enjoys the challenges of finding remote, dirt road routes across the world, the Extrawheel appeals in two ways.

Like all trailers, it shifts weight – and thus wear and tear – away from your bike. This opens up the opportunity off running a lighter setup than a traditional touring bike, without fretting over all important tyres and wheels. If you enjoy mountain biking side trips as part of a longer tour, this works particularly well.

Unlike other brands, its 26in or 700c wheel also serves perfectly as a spare, in far flung parts of the planet where a replacement would be hard to find. Granted a failed rim is an unlikely, worst case scenario. But the longer and more remote the tour, the more opportunity there is for a mechanical failure. This is particularly beneficial if you tour on 700c rims, which are all but impossible to find outside of the US, Europe and Australasia.

Pierre’s Fat Tire BOB Trailer

We talk quite a bit about the both the  Extrawheel and  BOB Trailer , and often compare the virtues of these two great single wheeled bike trailers.  We recently got these photos from Pierre, who has taken the spirit of the BOB single wheel trailer and modified it for Fat Biking.   I really can’t tell if this setup would be very practical in many situations, but it sure is fun to look at…

I wanted a big wheel trailer that i can use to go fishing, so i transformed my standard Bob trailer in to a two wheel trailer by adding a rotational feature on the trailer fork, now i can use it as a rode holder, with the fat tires i can ride on the beach to my favorite fishing spot and catch Halibuts here on the Homer Spit in Alaska.

Lisa’s Bike Trailer Train

The trailer-cycle/bike-child-trailer train, is a rare creature that reveals itself in parks with bike paths and suburbs with low traffic. This fun but awkward setup is scared of traffic, steep turns and rough roads. Though always lingering on the endangered species list, they tend to crop up when the kids are just the right age and mom wants to go cycling.

Andrew’s Wood Frame Cargo Trailer

A DIY solution to the bike trailer.  Simple materials and a solid design make for a nice looking cargo hauler.