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Does toddler need a helmet inside a bicycle trailer?

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 ...
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Does toddler need a helmet inside a bicycle trailer?

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, ...
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How to build surge brakes on bike trailer?

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 ...
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Does toddler need a helmet inside a bicycle trailer?

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. ...
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Burley trailer - Repair cut in plastic window

I was going to suggest any clear roofing repair tape. A manufacturer known as Gorilla have a product with the following description. Other brands are available. Gorilla Tape Crystal Clear is ...
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Do "trailer bikes" help kids learn to ride a bike on their own?

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 ...
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Grocery Shopping by bike, expanding my cargo options cheaply

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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Dog Trailer Wheel size - for commuting/touring

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 ...
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A two successive wheel trailer ; would it work? (followme-tandem)

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 ...
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How to build surge brakes on bike trailer?

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 ...
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How to build surge brakes on bike trailer?

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....
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How do you lock up your bike trailer?

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, ...
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Does toddler need a helmet inside a bicycle trailer?

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 ...
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Is there a benefit of lacing trailer wheel spokes radially instead of crossed?

Crossed spoke lacing is primarily necessary to transmit torque from the hub to the rim, rather than for increased strength, although I suspect hub flanges have more strength when loaded by a crossed ...
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Biking in the winter more difficult?

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 ...
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Can I use a Brompton bike with a trailer like the Thule Chariot Cougar?

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 ...
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Designing Bike Trailers – Especially the hitch and load

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 ...
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What are the advantages of the Burley hitch design?

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 ...
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Is it appropriate to carry furniture with bike and suggestion for equipment

Based on the photos on the Christiana website I think you'll be fine. The exact law I'm not sure of, I can't find a translation of their bike laws online. It seems that people do carry big loads ...
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Camber angle on a two-wheel trailer?

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 ...
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What is the technical name for the push-on type of wheels that are found on some bicycle trailers?

As various people have noted, wheelchair hub is the correct term for these one-sided, push-button release hubs. It goes without saying that this type of mechanism is now being widely used in cycle ...
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How do I true a trailer wheel?

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, ...
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Are there any bike tires that can hold 500 lbs (225 kg) each?

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 ...
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does anyone sell bicycle trailers with brakes?

What I do for my bicycle trailer is pretty simple: I made a rider-controlled trailer brake lever as part of the trailer unit. This makes connecting and disconnecting the trailer from the bicycle easy,...
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Can I use a Brompton bike with a trailer like the Thule Chariot Cougar?

I have a Chariot (now Thule) cart attached to my Brompton (with internal gears). It has the standard adapter (similar to the one in the picture above) and works fine. I didn't have to do any ...
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B.o.B Yak Trailer on car

The yoke spacing on the BOB Trailer is quite a bit wider then a typical front fork mount bike rack, you could probably modify one with wider spacers and use a trailer skewer (or similar fabricated ...
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City Bikes vs E-Bikes with baby trailer

First, a city bike is a style of bicycle with sit up and beg styling, generally a single gear or internal gear hub with chainguard (although derailleurs do exist), full fenders, and a step through ...
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Camber angle on a two-wheel trailer?

On top of Criggie's answer there's another practical reason: camber would increase the width of road taken up while simultaneously decreasing the usable width. When towing I'm already very aware of ...
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Looking for bike trailer with pedals for a disabled, older adult

Disabled cyclists are cyclists and so they would like some control over steering, braking, or pedaling. It's tough to design a strong singlewheeled adult-sized pedaled trailer because of the weight ...
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Child sleeping in bike trailer

I hacked the seat in our burley trailer to recline by decoupling the seat top from the frame tube it ran through (required disassembling the trailer), and suspending the seat top instead from some ...

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