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I have a burley kazoo trail-a-bike, which my five year-old and I are really enjoying. When not trailing my 5yo, I can easily put my Arkel pack onto the burley rack, but its attachment points don't quite fit when the kazoo is also attached. I'd like to do some bike-packing with my 5yo and thus need to attach panniers while he's on the back.

So I was wondering if there are any Kazoo riders out there who have found a decent bag that fits around the Kazoo's attachment point? Is this even an ok idea? Are there other suggestions for how else I might carry gear and a tail-a-bike?

EDIT: I wrote Burley about this. They said (a) their panniers will fit, but (b) they don't recommend having a kid on the kazoo at the same time as panniers, so I should get front racks instead.

  • You could possibly use a rack designed for a 20" wheel folding bike on the Kazoo, and put panniers on that. You would need to fiddle around with P-clips because the frame doesn't have rack mounts, but at least a 5yo's feet won't need as much clearance as an adults - on the other hand the saddle would be much lower than an adult on a folding bike. (When I had a trailerbike, it was seatpost mounting, so I could use panniers, but that does have disadvantages. The old Islabike rack mounts left the side rails free - hembrow.eu/personal/trailerbikes.html) – armb Jun 20 '19 at 15:22
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    How about a front rack? – Daniel R Hicks Mar 27 at 20:53
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    This question might benefit from a photo from the side, showing how your tow bike and your trailer bike go together. Ideally a clear, well-lit, high resolution photo, probably in sunlight with a contrasting background if possible. – Criggie Mar 27 at 22:00
  • @Criggie Yes, I should have done that. – John Apr 16 at 19:04
  • @Daniel R Hicks, I think that's what I'll end up doing. – John Apr 16 at 19:04
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I think you'll struggle to find panniers that will fit that rack with the trailer attached.

It's just possible a seatpost mounted pack would work, but the clearance looks tight. seatpack

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  • How well it fits well depend on the frame and parent sizes but this would be a very reasonable approach – Chris H Apr 18 at 12:01
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Along with a seatpost-mounted bag and front panniers, you might consider a frame bag. Depending on your frame geometry, it can carry a surprisingly large volume of gear.
Frame bag picture

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  • Thanks you, I will! – John Apr 27 at 0:04

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