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pull a child trailer with a fixie?

Old 08-28-08, 09:01 AM
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pull a child trailer with a fixie?

Would it be possible/manageable to pull a child's bike trailer with a fixed gear bike? I have a Trek Transit Deluxe and am looking to purchase The Bike Fixie 1 from nashbar. My commute is 10 miles on a bike path and is relatively flat.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-28-08, 09:03 AM
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it'll work.

and by "work", i mean your bike will explode.
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Old 08-28-08, 09:05 AM
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Of course you can. I have a few friends who have done that.
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Old 08-28-08, 09:07 AM
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Yes, but your street cred suffers if you run less than 90 gear inches. For any reason, ever.

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I have done many miles on a fixy with a trailer. In town though. Works just fine.

Gears are useful here though. Any kind of hill or wind and you will miss a lower gear.

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Has anybody carted their spawn on a fixed gear bike in one of these?



Don't let the Division of Youth and Family Services know about it, but I'm going to be attempting this soon. (of course, I'll do a bunch of trial runs before I actually put to the test with the grom aboard).
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a kid-a-pault? yikes.

go for the burley trailer. just make sure it's a frame mounted and not a quick-release mount.
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Old 08-28-08, 10:18 AM
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I used a trailer to transport my wee one back and forth, both on my fixed bikes and on my geared bikes. Just make sure your stopping distances are higher and you're more aware/prepared and you'll be fine. Not wanting a debate, but I'd strongly suggest you run a brake - the trailer I had could've been a good extra 80lbs once loaded up with sprogglett and accessories - that's a lot of extra momentum you need to be able to stop.

Kids love the ride, enjoy!
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Originally Posted by jwave View Post
Has anybody carted their spawn on a fixed gear bike in one of these?



Don't let the Division of Youth and Family Services know about it, but I'm going to be attempting this soon. (of course, I'll do a bunch of trial runs before I actually put to the test with the grom aboard).
I have one on order. I also have a Burley Solo and my kid hates it. With a helmet, she has to cant her head forward because of the crest on the back of the helmet. She can't see squat and gets bored. She gets a face full of grit and dust because she is RIGHT BEHIND the rear tire (and I run pretty stickey tires on my SS)..... Usefull information: Baby girl is 17 months old, 23 lbs

I want to see how it goes, and I am hopefull.....

The we-ride thing just looks horrible for the rider and the bike. Clamps on that thing look like they will scrape the paint right off my headtube:-)
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Old 08-28-08, 10:39 AM
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brakes brakes brakes brakes brakes
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I have one of these and my 18 month old (28 lbs) loves it. She asks to go for a ride every night.






Very soon I will start commuting to work with her.

p.s. Hirohsima, sorry I forgot to get back to you about the seat but it sounds like you found something. We should start a kids ride.
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Old 08-28-08, 10:57 AM
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I carry my son (2 1/2 years old) on on this bike

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I did a 20 mile ride with my 6 year old on a trailer cycle with no problems. I have used a trailer cycle and a trailer at the same time to carry three kids on my fixed gear. Obviously with the three kid set up I was not geared properly to handle any kind of hill, but it worked just fine. Obviously you need a brake, but if you have offspring hopefully you have the sense to have one regardless.
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I pull my boys in the trailer behind my fixed gears all the time. The two of them together weigh about 80 pounds, plus around 15-20 pounds for the trailer is an excellent workout. They love it, my legs kinda love it.
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Originally Posted by Cynikal View Post
p.s. Hirohsima, sorry I forgot to get back to you about the seat but it sounds like you found something. We should start a kids ride.
No worries Cynikal, you did get back to me..... then I did my normal over analyzing of everything and found a different path which lead me to the IBert. I don't have the number of spare bikes as you, and I hate platform pedals and altering my ride position which the weride makes me do.

You help was invaluable (I don't want to sound unappreciative) but just decided to go a different rout (plus I am anal retentive and don't like chancing scratching up my bikes)......
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If I see you pulling your kid without a brake, I'm calling DSS.
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Did anyone mention brakes? 'Cuz you need brakes.
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Originally Posted by doomkin View Post
a kid-a-pault? yikes.

go for the burley trailer. just make sure it's a frame mounted and not a quick-release mount.
Because a quick-release mount is unsafe or because many fixed gears have a nutted rear axle?

If the latter, they make a mount for nutted axles, too. I pull a Burley flat-bed trailer on my fixed gear mounted this way.
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I actually did this regularly last school year. It was only a 2 mile commute but it was really hilly and I actually was pulling a kid to and from school. At the time she weighed about 70lbs and my gearing was 45x19 which wasnt that great but I got the job done.

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Originally Posted by JiveTurkey View Post
Because a quick-release mount is unsafe or because many fixed gears have a nutted rear axle?

If the latter, they make a mount for nutted axles, too. I pull a Burley flat-bed trailer on my fixed gear mounted this way.
didn't know they made a mount for nutted axles - guess that would work just fine then. that said, it's also a pain in the ass to take the wheel on and off. frame mounting just seems easier.

as far as burley trailers go - don't cheap out. get a nice one which has additional interior room, a mud-guard and most importantly, additional headroom behind the head to make room for helmeted children!
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this pic made my day...kid looks so happy!

you should send that to the company, i bet theyd want it for their promotional materials.
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My kid (4.5 years old) graduated from the trailer to a trail-a-bike earlier this year. I pull him everyday (usually on a fixie) to daycare (2.5 miles), then leave the trailer (or trail-a-bike) with him and continue on to work. We do it all year round, even in the dead of winter, with snow. Kids love bikes and trailers!
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Any recommendations about helmets for wee ones? My daughter is 2 and I need to buy her one.
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