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although the weight is a bit high, I suspect that more weight on the front would be better to counter balance any weight from a trailer. i now own two trailers one is a burley nomad, which im not concerned with, and the other is a bob yak which ive read in other forums that it takes weight off the front of the bike when fully loaded and makes it more difficult to steer on soft ground so instead of taking weight off I actually want to add as much weight as possible to the front of the bike so the surly rack should work well.It is high in two ways. First it is double the weight of most lowriders and second the weight is up high. I can see wanting a rack top for light bulky items, but you are using a trailer so you should have an abundance of space for bulky stuff.
im going with the surly rack, thanks again for the help touristaIf you are at all weight conscious, check the weight of the Surly before buying. I think it is something like 2-1/2 pounds. If that doesn't bother you disregard this.
We are in the planning stages of doing an across the US - West 2 East ride to raise money for polio for the Rotary. Being new to riding we want to avoid hills :-)One of the three Adventure Cycling routes is what I would recommend. The Trans America is great. The climbs in the west are long but not very steep. My two companions had almost no miles under their belts and just started off with shorter days in the first couple weeks. They did fine.