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Towing a trailer with a recumbent trike

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3 responses

  1. That is the right way to tow a trailer behind a tadpole trike– a two-wheeled trailer attached on one side of the trike rear axle. I sold my BOB trailer (single wheel, attached to both sides of the axle), and Burley Picolo tagalong (single wheel, attached to top of rear rack) because they dramatically destabilize the trike.

    December 15, 2016 at 8:57 am

  2. I have been 68 mph downhill with a trailer and find no stability problems when well packed. Brake upgrades are very important. Extra weight = extra brakes. Bob trailer did cause my frame to break after many thousand miles of overloaded swaying back and forth due to high loads. Don’t overload a single wheel trailer. I’ve broken many Burley style trailer hitches and have settled on ball center hitch or Surley Bill type hitch. 40,000 overloaded miles later.

    December 15, 2016 at 11:38 pm

  3. Packing isn’t the issue, and it’s the brakes that might do you in (braking in a turn). All else equal, every trike has an inherent combination of speed and turning radius beyond which it will flip, and braking makes it worse. Attaching a load, however well packed, high on the trike (Picolo) or in such a way that the weight of the load is fixed to the “roll” axis of the trike (BOB), significantly decreases the speed/radius at which the trike will flip. In fact you can flip a trike with a BOB attached by simply orienting the BOB behind the trike as if in a fairly tight turn, and adding a heavy load. No forward motion is needed.

    Sure you can get away with using these trailers, I did for years, but a two-wheeled trailer properly attached to the trike (like in the video) minimizes the effect of the load and makes for less stressful triking. Particularly after experiencing the consequences of being on the wrong side of physics.

    Take it easy out there.

    December 16, 2016 at 9:31 am