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Offline forzaandy

Racks with child trailer question
« on: August 01, 2017, 08:04:00 am »
Hi Everyone. Just joined ACA and very excited about family touring. We (my wife, our 4 year-old and me) have done some weekend bikecamping trips in the Chicago area and are loving it. I pull him in a Burley kid trailer. The trailer has a lot of cargo area and I put our air pads, tent and one or two micro camp chairs in it. My question is would I be better off putting that weight into front and/or rear panniers instead of trailer? Everything is good on flat areas but even mini hills/overpasses puts me into the low-low gears. In a year I expect to transition him to a Burley Piccolo geared rack-mounted trail a bike. Thanks in advance for advice!

Offline DaveB

Re: Racks with child trailer question
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2017, 10:27:44 am »
Weight is weight and redistributing it from the trailer to the bike won't make climbing any easier.

indyfabz

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Re: Racks with child trailer question
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2017, 04:04:20 pm »
That's what the low low gears are for. And presumably he is going to be heavier next year.

What sort of gearing do you have now?

Offline walks.in2.trees

Re: Racks with child trailer question
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2017, 09:08:57 am »
Hi Everyone. Just joined ACA and very excited about family touring. We (my wife, our 4 year-old and me) have done some weekend bikecamping trips in the Chicago area and are loving it. I pull him in a Burley kid trailer. The trailer has a lot of cargo area and I put our air pads, tent and one or two micro camp chairs in it. My question is would I be better off putting that weight into front and/or rear panniers instead of trailer? Everything is good on flat areas but even mini hills/overpasses puts me into the low-low gears. In a year I expect to transition him to a Burley Piccolo geared rack-mounted trail a bike. Thanks in advance for advice!
Handling should be better if you redistribute some weight to the front. Test it out.

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