This entry was posted on December 19, 2016 by Wild Steve. It was filed under Triker's World .
I much prefer side pods, on my trikes. The load is evenly distributed in the pods and, substantially, out of the wind stream versus everything about a trailer. I’ll add panniers and a trunk to increase cargo carrying capacity and preserve optimum balance of load. Why, in the name of safety and sanity, would anyone attempt steep ascents and descents pulling an off-axis load? Trailers seem to be just a gimmick and a “cash grab” attempt, IMO. (Triking for 10 years on Rans Trizard, TW Bents Trident and Performer JC-70.)
December 19, 2016 at 5:49 am
Very utilitarian….! It is a trailer with a lot of calling… I may have bought one of these if I had seen it sooner… But then again I would not be able to haul as much grocery as I do now.. But still I can see the benefits of all it’s transforming from one valuable asset to another…! I like the looks of it as well… It certainly proves it’s worth, being visually attractive besides all it’s other qualities….. So will this be your be your trailer…? Which ever you choose I wish you the best of luck with it, and as I always say May you have many a mile all filled with a smile…….!
December 19, 2016 at 6:06 am
Hi Nipper Nips,
I agree on the side pods. Under the ‘Trike Tour’ menu option above, I have quite a bit to say about touring and cargo considerations. Check it out when you have time.
BTW, your name is an interesting one. I like it. It is certainly unique.
See ya’ …
December 19, 2016 at 8:23 am
Nipper Nips, obviously if high speed descents is your goal then a trailer would not be your first choice in additional equipment to add to your trike but for many a trailer adds considerable versatility. Whether your choice is to haul around your kiddies, the family dog, a disadvantaged passenger, groceries, camping gear or a small personal enterprise, a trailer can be just the ticket for mobility & convenience. As for the drawbacks of course there can be some but many trailers now have such excellent built in features that living with the minor inconveniences out weighs those drawbacks. Having owned & camped with trailers & panniers I prefer to eliminate as much ‘stuff’ as I possibly can for the ultimate in convenience but I sure miss having the kitchen sink when I need it. A trailer also makes organizing & finding your items far better than panniers which somehow always seem to hide that essential tool when you need it most.
December 19, 2016 at 9:52 am
Thanks, for your positive comments to my “side pods versus trailers” posting. :) I’m located in the land of snow, cycling paths and a few other trikers, in Ottawa, Canada. Actually, we “chatted,” on this site, years ago and when I was riding a KMX X style trike, my first tadpole…….many miles and trikes ago! ;) Merry Christmas, to you and yours.
“Obviously,” you’ve bought into the marketing claims, for trailers, to where you can’t see the forest for the trees. Whether you can admit it or not, negotiating hills is a common feature of cycling, for 80% of cyclists, and needs to be addressed when considering add-ons. Merry Christmas, to you, too.
December 20, 2016 at 5:58 am
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