Bikes are a great way to run errands and exercise without worrying about gas. All you need is a trailer to haul your groceries, kids, pets and personal effects. You'll find trailers for all kinds of tasks but they fall into one of two categories. Single-wheel trailers go wherever your bike does, and they're better for off road use. Two-wheel trailers carry heavier loads, and they're best for use on the road.
Cargo trailers such as the Burley Flatbed, BOB Yak and Extrawheel Voyager are designed for one purpose only, to carry as much as they can within the limits of their design. Single-wheel trailers such as the Yak and Voyager are designed for smaller loads than a large two-wheel trailer such as the Flatbed. The Voyager is unique because it carries loads in panniers on both sides of its 26-inch wheel. Other trailers such as the Burley Nomad have full enclosures to protect your gear, and some, such as Radical Design's Cyclone II, even can be converted to a carry-on bag when boarding public transportation.
If you have kids or pets, you can bring them along with a passenger trailer. There are flat bed pet trailers such as the Burley Tail Wagon and Croozer Dog Trailer and seated child trailers such as Trek's Go Bug Deluxe and Croozer's Kid 2. Pet trailers have removable floors for easy cleaning, and child trailers have belted bucket seats to keep your kids safe. These trailers also are enclosed to protect passengers from weather and insects.
Canoe and Kayak Trailers
If you're lucky enough to live near a river, lake or ocean you might own a canoe or kayak. A canoe/kayak trailer such as Wike's Woody Wagon or Tony's Trayak can hitch to your bike and carry your boat right down to the water. These two-wheel trailers have adjustable axles to accommodate the width of your boat and a tow bar that straps to your bow or runs underneath it. The boat rests on foam pads to protect it from abrasion.
Long-distance tourers and other road warriors are the target for this new trailer niche. It includes camping trailers such as the Kamp-Rite Midget Bushtrekka and Tony's Nomad, which are portable shelters on wheels. Kamp-Rite's top-of-the-line trailer is fully enclosed and carries 41 gallons of gear with a folding TentCot that rides on top. It's a lot like the full-size tent trailers you see pulled by a car. Tony's Nomad is a more conventional flatbed trailer with open sides that attach to a cot and are covered by a two-person tent. If you're running errands, you can leave the cot and tent behind and use your Nomad to carry all kinds of loads. For all-around versatility, you can't beat it.
Article Written By Dan Eash
Dan Eash began writing professionally in 1989, with articles in LaHabra's "Daily Star Progress" and the "Fullerton College Magazine." Since then, he's created scripts for doctor and dentist offices and published manuals, help files and a training video. His freelance efforts also include a book. Eash has a Fullerton College Associate of Arts in music/recording production and a Nova Institute multimedia production certificate.