Bike trailer

NormL1

Member
I have a land surveying project coming up where our only access is going to down a flat public trail for a mile. I have heard from contractors, in a tongue and cheek way, that my guys never stray more than 10 feet from their vans so a mile is a long way, LOL. Time is money, so, a more rapid deployment would be better. It seems like our best access solution is going to with ebikes, but, we have a lot of equipment. Is there a universal bike trailer? The ones that I have seen are for kids or dogs and I need to carry surveying tripods, instruments, rods, R/C hydrographic boat and things of that ilk, any suggestions?
 

grench

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I have a land surveying project coming up where our only access is going to down a flat public trail for a mile. I have heard from contractors, in a tongue and cheek way, that my guys never stray more than 10 feet from their vans so a mile is a long way, LOL. Time is money, so, a more rapid deployment would be better. It seems like our best access solution is going to with ebikes, but, we have a lot of equipment. Is there a universal bike trailer? The ones that I have seen are for kids or dogs and I need to carry surveying tripods, instruments, rods, R/C hydrographic boat and things of that ilk, any suggestions?
burley travoy...
 

Chris Nolte

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Pretty cool what you're doing there. There are some larger cargo trailers as well, but you should consider what your access is like. You could also consider an electric cargo bike. The Xtracycle Edgerunner 9E is made for off-road and it will handle quite a bit of cargo.

I had some friends that did a bike packing trip a couple of years ago and they were originally planning on using trailers. Last minute they decided to use racks and panniers. They were glad they did since many parts of the trail was very narrow and it would have been nearly impossible to fit the trailer.

Hope this helps.
 

NormL1

Member
Chris, we already have an Izip Express or I would completely agree with you. A Rad Wagon might be a great add though. I was going to use the Express for the heavy lifting and a non ebike for transport of the second person. Some of the equipment cannot go on a trailer or a rack because they are delicate instruments and I was going to backpack them
 

NormL1

Member
The suspended IBEX looks perfect for the project, that one trailer should carry everything, thank you!
 

Chris Nolte

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Just confirm that the dropout width will work. I know the Express might have a weird spacing because of the extra sprocket on the non-drive size.
 

NormL1

Member
This entire train of thought has me thinking though, as we are increasingly getting projects to bid on that have "No Parking" zones for the construction workers and a bus provided. That does not work for us in so many ways, not the least of which is that we are generally in and out in a few hours and their buses are designed around an all day stay. We also have a lot of equipment as well. A couple of Rad Mini's and a Burley Travoy folded up in the van would make those sites much more accessible, with the need to backpack the instrument. That would also give us a way to go back to the van for the always forgotten thing. I am going to have to give this more thought as it may be a nice niche for a while.
 

Chris Nolte

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I believe there are many commercial applications for bikes/ebikes. We have been getting into this quite a bit since moved to Brooklyn. Keep us posted on how things go. I love hearing about people using bikes in new and interesting ways.