How many times have you found yourself in this situation: you are on the bike and have to transport something either large or heavy? Well, I’m not talking about moving furniture, but how about casual grocery shopping? Bicycle riding became more popular when the gas prices went up. As much as I loved the comfort of my car, I started looking for alternate solutions. You probably could do some chores (including grocery shopping) just using a bicycle IF you had a way to get all purchases home. Well, guess what? Whatever you transporting needs are – there is a trailer for that, so let’s do some research. However, if you just Google search for a trailer, you might get overwhelmed by the variety, so let’s walk through the process together.
1-wheeled and 2-wheeled bike trailer?
Just keep in mind, 2-wheeled trailer is a lot wider than a towing bike
1-wheeled is set to roll over your own tracks and is as wide as the towing bike.
2-wheeler will take wider turns while 1-wheeler can let you act almost as if you ride solo (just keep in mind that it’s still there) while maneuvering. While riding with a trailer, you would have to account for added weight when braking, going through turns, and going up and down hill. Don’t forget about extra length and width as well, because now you need to take wider turns – the tighter the turn the wider you have to take it and allow more space when passing someone. Avoid abrupt maneuvering or the trailer might flip over, or start skidding … together with your rear wheel. Make sure your cargo is secured. It should be restrained from moving around otherwise it will cause lost momentum, potentially dangerous situations while negotiating some sharp turns or during any emergency braking. I don’t want to discourage you from riding with a trailer – just be careful and conservative while estimating upcoming maneuvers.
Perfect Bike for towing?
Going by class, different types of bikes will have different setup and some will do better than others. Hybrids and Mountain Bikes are designed to endure significant amount of physical abuse. The gear sets are capable of transferring a lot of power. Big tires (for better road grip) in combination with good breaks (front and rear wheels) will take care of better handling of all that weight behind you. Road bikes have good gear sets and breaks, but they are not equipped with best tires for the job – way too narrow to allow needed grip. Cruisers on the other hand have great tires, but brakes and gearing would not make it an ideal choice for towing.For more information on this product, click on the picture to follow the link
Any bike can tow any trailer. It all comes down to which one would let you do it easier and safer. When it comes to a short grocery trip, let’s be honest – any bike can get you there and back.
Stay safe at all times! If you think you might be approaching that turn way too hot chances are you probably are. Slow down. Remember, your safety is your own responsibility. No one else’s. So be smart, have fun, and ride safe.