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Generally helmets are recommended for carrier usage by manufacturers and governing bodies, although local cultural practices may vary depending on perceived risks. Helmets are recommended because it is still possible to crash or even roll a trailer, just as it is possible to crash on a bicycle, even if you are riding slowly and in quiet areas. While ...


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What you experienced was brake fade. There are two reasons why it happens: The fluid inside the brake boils releasing gas into the system which makes the brakes feel spongy and then non-existant. The pad and rotor heat up sufficiently to not work, this feels like you are applying the brake but it doesn't work. You look to have experienced the first. This ...


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We opted for helmeting our kid whenever we use the trailer in bicycle mode (i.e. not as a pram). This is why: Our neighbours managed to flip over their trailer once. Kid got a nasty bump on the head, despite having been strapped in. Establish from the start that bicycles and helmets go together, no discussion.


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The simple answer to your question is yes, people have built surge brakes and they do work. Specifically, I have built one, but I called it an inertia brake. This page has some notes and photos. The mechanism was fairly simple and robust, a telescoping towing arm with a couple of standard brake cables leading to V brakes on the front wheels of the trailer. ...


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He is 3..... he will do what he wants to, when and how he wants. I had a lot of trouble getting my boy off trainers (We did not go don the balance bike path). After many attempts involving removing them and putting them back on, I gave up and decided when he is ready (or old enough his peers laugh at him), he will want them removed. One day he just came up ...


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No, your kid does not need a helmet, if you have a proper trailer. Proper trailers do have belts and rollover protection. If you don't wear a helmet in your car, you don't need one in a trailer. Smaller kids without proper neck muscles should be seated in a special seat (like the fitting car seats), which doesn't permit helmets. Manufacturer advice is mixed:...


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I think you would be much better off converting an old kids trailer. They can be found pretty cheap on Craigslist.


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I don't have a dog, but that means my trailer passenger can speak. Specifically she can complain about the rough ride compared to the child seat on the back of my bike. That's with 16x1.75s pumped up to a pressure intended more for her comfort than my ease of riding (compared to a seat with minimal padding over the top of a 700x28 at 80psi). Trailers are ...


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I would also go the commercial route, buying the hitch and building only the trailer itself. The handling (during cycling) of an axle attached trailer is much better than if you attach it on the seat post. Handling is best if the hitch parts can move as little as possible relative to each other. The Chariot hitch is pretty good, especially considering the ...


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If the child's bike has a quick release front wheel, you could also use a universal fork mount bolted to a rear bike rack. Then just hang the front wheel on the kids bike with a bungee cord.


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The follow-me tandem lifts the front wheel of the child's cycle off the ground because that's the only way to have stable handling on corners. I made some primitive drawings to explain. Note that in these simplified drawings, the radius of the curve is exaggerated. When the two bicycles are going in a straight line, it would be fine if there were four ...


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I don't think this has ever been done before for a lightweight bike trailer, which would mean no, there aren't any proven approaches to using surge brakes on a bicycle trailer, but I've got some ideas... It would be very impractical to use any current trailer surge brake options on a bicycle trailer, they'd be too clunky, heavy and wouldn't be compatible ...


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I have a Burley pet/cargo trailer and when I take it to the store, I use a long (~ 3 meter) cable with a loop on the ends. I loop the one end around itself on one wheel, loop it around the hitch bar, thread it through the spokes of the other wheel, loop it around the hitch bar again, then lock it through my bike's U-lock. It's not super secure since the ...


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I still need to play with it a bit, but I'm currently doing pretty much what heltonbiker suggested - bungee-ing the wheel of the kids bike to the rear rack: The top of the kids bike wheel is strapped to the rack, and the front of the wheel is strapped to the frame of the towing bike. You can't see it clearly in the pictures, but the fork of the kids bike ...


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buy cases of beer with the cardboard dividers between the bottles. You can then re-use the cardboard dividers in other cases of beer.


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I'm not aware of a commerically made one, I suspect the barrier is liability issues (and possible legal issues in some places). FWIW, the limits in Australia and New Zealand are the same as for any other vehicle, so the main restriction is that the trailer can't weigh more than the towing vehicle (note below). Other jurisdictions may have different rules. ...


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According to Google Translate, http://www.weber-products.de/products/kargo/ offers an overrun brake as an option. Beim Bremsvorgang erhöht sich das Gewicht des Anhängers um ein vielfaches. Deshalb empfiehlt sich für einen größeren Anhänger mit schwerer Ladung eine Auflaufbremse. Diese verstärkt beim Bremsvorgang die Bremswirkung und sorgt damit für viel ...


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The higher the hitch the easier it is for the trailer to push the bike sideways or lift the rear wheel of the bike under braking. With the high hitch you can generally only do one of turning and braking at a time. So if there's a problem and you need to swerve and brake to avoid it, you will end up lying on the road with a canoe on top of you. And a ...


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I'm going to say yes based on this photo. It looks that the hole is big enough to pass over just about any axle, quick release or nutted. I think what is throwing you off is that it comes with a quick release skewer that is longer than what is typically used for wheels. You may not need that provided skewer. Burley uses a similar one and I was able to ...


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There are a few of these trailers around, even some that are made in the US, including some from a company that sells multiple options (although they may have stopped, everything is out of stock on Amazon and not on their website). Most are DIY, and some have fairly detailed instructions available. This how to make a cargo trailer question probably answers ...


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The spring hitches seem to be a cheap/simple way to allow the flexibility needed to both bend and twist when the tow bike corners, but they have an annoying side effect. In my experience when accelerating hard on a bike with a loaded trailer connected by a spring hitch you can feel the spring stretch with each hard pedal pulse then snap back in to place with ...


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I mainly go with @Leonidas: no helmet for children inside. We have a quality trailer (from Chariot). I like my children not to wear a helmet in the trailer because: A helmet puts their head in an uncomfortable position (pushes heads down) They may cause (smaller) injuries to their sibling next to them In an accident, the inertia of the helmet may cause a ...


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Lets put some physics to play (mostly because I want to do some numbers....) Assume the brakes did all the work..... 200kg all up weight of rider, bike, trailer and kids. 350Meter vertical descent means you need to dissipate 700kJ of energy = 200WH. I found a reference to "Road and mountain brakes must absorb 75 watt-hours of energy over a 15-minute ...


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I don't think surge braking is as user-friendly as a manuel braking system. Here is what I basically do for my 90-something trailer, on just one wheel...this should be even better if braking both of trailer's wheels: I made a rider-controlled trailer brake lever as part of the trailer unit. This makes connecting and disconnecting the trailer from the ...


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I bike all winter long, down to -30°C, there are some definite tolls to your bike at colder temperatures. Unlike a vehicle that warms up after the engine has been running for a while, bikes stay cold when you ride them cold. There are two things I notice the most, air pressure is definitely one of them; cold air shrinks, and low tires drag, so if you're ...


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Tyres wear a heap faster when they're not square to the road surface. For example, tadpole recumbents wear out front wheels very fast. Also, those riding bikes while towing trailers are going relatively slow. I've managed to roll a kiddies trailer that was loaded with two landrover road wheels weighing 68 kilos, but that took a speed of around 22 km/h on ...


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I would skip using the truing stand and just true the wheel on the trailer. You can generally clamp a strip of something to the frame to act as an indicator (have it stick out and just brush the rim, kind of like a rim brake pad), so you can more easily zero in on the worst spots. Dishing/centering is harder without a stand, but there should no need to ...


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At those weights you're looking at three wheels minimum and maybe four. Simply loading 1000 pounds (500 kg) onto a trailer will be difficult without a lifter of some sort, and you would have to balance it perfectly over the axle. On a car trailer, nose weight can be several hundred kilos acceptably, but on your bike any more than 2-5 kilos could see the ...


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The FollowMe Tandem is the only commercial product that I've seen that does this effectively. This is not a cheap solution but it likely carries high resale value. The unit is well made (I've installed several) and can be completely detached from the parent bike except for the mounts on the rear axle. You can probably get some good DIY ideas from their ...


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For what you are asking about I would recommend buying a used kid trailer (for about $50 - $150), cutting off the fabric and adding some kind of floor/bin. Interestingly enough most child trailers are rated for up to 100 pounds were as the BOB trailer is only weighted for 75 (if I remember correctly). The only advantage of a BOB or Extra wheel trailer is ...


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