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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Doug’s Travoy Purchase

Says Doug of his recent trailer purchase:
I love the Burley Travoy. I wish it had a little heavier weight capacity although I realize there was an aim at keeping it light.
I chose it over other models and styles primarily because it hitches to the bike directly behind rather than off the axle, since I’m using an electric bike which already has a loaded axle. I purchased the rack mount hitch fortunately.
It just barely fits on the extra wide rack on my eZip bike using only two screws (which are adequate to keep it mounted just fine). I was surprised to have the hitch borrow a part from the under the seat hitch, modifying it instead of replacing it. It seemed a worthwhile idea to use the standard hitch on another bike (but that is no longer needed by me).
An additional future feature might be a quantity of multiple bungee take off points in addition to the limited strap mount points.
It folds up very nicely and does fit back in the bag for carry along (howbeit the bag opening is a bit small when working it back in). Folded, it’s light and small enough that I could carry it with me on the bike if desired without pulling it along when not needing to have it hitched.
I get comments as I pass by pedestrians along “The Blvd” here in Lancaster, California, such as “Nice rig” etc. I think it’s a very innovative trailer design that most of them have never seen before. They see plenty of the small child trailers and that’s about it. I attach variously an 18″ x 24″ sign or a one line multi-color LED sign to promote our nonprofit and ride up and down the boulevard, both in traffic (15mph speed limit there) and along the less crowded areas of sidewalk. I may also use it in the future to pack a folding table, banner and various supplies to carry across town to various locations to setup promotional tables, etc.
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Bionx Winter Trike

Says Gus of his winter rig:

I don’t have a car and use a trike for my shopping trips in the winter (about 10-15 miles round trip).  This is my newest creation using 20″ Wandertec Bongo wheels.  The BionX I had from my previous trike.  In the warmer months I use a conventional touring type bike with 4 panniers.

Gus’ winter panniers look awfully familiar

For more tips on winter touring and commuting, check out the wealth of information on our sister-blog Commute By Bike.  Most recently, and extremely entertaining – adventures commuting through the harsh Alaskan winter.

Charley’s Giant Xtracycle

According to Charley:

This was an unfinished project using a Giant cruiser frame and Xtracycle.  A little challenging to mount a stop and cable slot under the crank for front derailer, but otherwise routine.  This bike is really Giant!

Charley also added Xtracycle Freeloader Saddlebags and SnapDeck for extra cargo carrying capabilities.

Bill’s “Carpool” & Cargo Bike Trailer Build

Is one of your New Years resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle, bike more, be more “green” or even spend more time tinkering around with your new tools in the garage?  …or old tools that look new because you never use them…

Bill accomplished all these in 2012:

I built up a semi-custom trailer off of a Nashbar kid trailer for hauling my kids to and from school, and for hauling cargo. Welding was with my little wire feed unit using 1/2 inch square tube, and the wooden slats are cut from a cedar 4×4.  I now have hitch mounts on 3 of our household bicycles.  The trailer has worked out really well so far; though I suppose I often push the weight limit.  I basically use it like an SUV.  I was able to pick up the kids all of last year with the mild notheast winter, and I leave the trailer locked at the train station each day while I commute on the train / bike to Philadelphia.
I am currently working on a wooden and acrylic weather shell that should look like an old camper to protect the kids this winter.  Next up, a home made Bakfiet using the front end of a junk Chinese scooter!

Let’s hope Bill’s kids don’t outgrow his awesome bike builds too quickly.
Not feeling so “Tim Taylor?”  Chariot and Burley child bike trailers are 10 – 35% off at BikeKidShop.  Also checkout trailer-cycles as an alternative.