pros and cons of different type of trailer attachement

tripyes

New Member
Region
Canada
HI
I have read a lot and it seems like there are 3 ways to attach a trailer to a bike:

1 to the seat tube
2 to one side rear left usually
3 to both side of rear wheel

How do they compare?
for example:
? is riding with a seat tube attachement more difficult on the balance left right as it is attached higher?
? is the one side rear left attachement weakening the bike structure (asymetric)$ is it better with coil or without?

By sharing your experience, it would bring me clarity tx!
 

harryS

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I used to pull an instep kid hauler trailer with the attachment on the left side of the axle. My problem was I couldn't sense its weight or know that I was pulling anything on flat ground. I had to point my mirror at it to make sure the passenger, whether the grandkid or the dog, or both, hadn't bailed out.
 

tripyes

New Member
Region
Canada
I used to pull an instep kid hauler trailer with the attachment on the left side of the axle. My problem was I couldn't sense its weight or know that I was pulling anything on flat ground. I had to point my mirror at it to make sure the passenger, whether the grandkid or the dog, or both, hadn't bailed out.
tx for sharing i hope more people will join this conversation :)
 

K PierreR

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Region
USA
Seat post attachment trailers are usually very light haulers. They turn tighter but can have handling problems if the trailer is loaded tongue heavy. Usually good to about 30 lbs.
Almost always two wheel trailers but not always. Easy to unbalance as a single wheel.

The single side trailers are always two wheel and pull just fine that way. Both the seat post type and the single side type can experience tongue weight bounce and a pronounced surging in the towing feel due to flex in the tongue and trailer. This is the type most often used to pull kids. The kid haulers can have quite a bit of windage but an e bike can negate that although it cuts into range quite a bit.

The double sided attachments are almost always single wheel trailers of the BoB type. They are better for narrow trails and rougher terrain The windage is usually lower and they don't experience the tugging feeling as much. They can be made to haul a lot of weight and normally have a double kick stand that also supports the bike when stopped. They are great for touring but more expensive. if loaded with tall stuff they can experience handling difficulties and present problems walking the bike through turns.
There is another type of trailer that is double sided, single larger wheel that uses pannier bags like the Extra Wheel series and are used by the more serious travelers. They are more restrictive in what you can load in them but tow the best of any trailer.

Hope this helps.
 

tripyes

New Member
Region
Canada
Seat post attachment trailers are usually very light haulers. They turn tighter but can have handling problems if the trailer is loaded tongue heavy. Usually good to about 30 lbs.
Almost always two wheel trailers but not always. Easy to unbalance as a single wheel.

The single side trailers are always two wheel and pull just fine that way. Both the seat post type and the single side type can experience tongue weight bounce and a pronounced surging in the towing feel due to flex in the tongue and trailer. This is the type most often used to pull kids. The kid haulers can have quite a bit of windage but an e bike can negate that although it cuts into range quite a bit.

The double sided attachments are almost always single wheel trailers of the BoB type. They are better for narrow trails and rougher terrain The windage is usually lower and they don't experience the tugging feeling as much. They can be made to haul a lot of weight and normally have a double kick stand that also supports the bike when stopped. They are great for touring but more expensive. if loaded with tall stuff they can experience handling difficulties and present problems walking the bike through turns.
There is another type of trailer that is double sided, single larger wheel that uses pannier bags like the Extra Wheel series and are used by the more serious travelers. They are more restrictive in what you can load in them but tow the best of any trailer.

Hope this helps.
tx apart from maya and burley coho do you know other that have a kick stand?
 

tripyes

New Member
Region
Canada
Anyone knows if seat trailer can damage the seat post?
anyone knows if using side attachement trailer can break part of the bike at the low back?
 

Dallant

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The use I saw of this ball hitch (that I thought made the most sense) was it being attached to the back of a rack without the seat stem attachment.
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WattsUpDude

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I pull the kids (1 and 3) with a Burley Encore X mated to a Burley thru-axle. It has been really solid. I'd trust this setup even if I had rear drop-outs. Like @harryS mentioned, you won't feel the weight at all until you're on hills. When climbing, it has a a bit of a "springy" tugging feel when you're pedaling. When going downhill, you'll be modulating the brakes a bit more.

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Marci jo

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For more information, here's a 7 minute video found on YouTube. The creator discusses the different types of devices, from trailers to ropes/bungees. And she talks about the appropriate child age for each.