Recumbent bike transportation

The converse is also true, but less photogenic

I previously wrote about transporting a bike on my Carry Freedom Y-frame. Yesterday I went a step further and moved a recumbent – a seriously large load and one with plenty of sharp edges!

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This is Laid-Back’s Challenge Fujin SL, which I wanted to drop off at the showroom without having to walk back (as I’d have had to if I rode it up).

By fastening the bike rack to the towing arm rather than the trailer itself, I was able to mount the recumbent at an angle, keeping the essential pedalling / turning space clear:

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Riding like this with a strongly asymmetric load isn’t very good, mainly because the y-frame trailer itself doesn’t weigh much, so it’s easier than you’d think to tip over. I managed to avoid this through careful riding, then promptly forgot all about towing a trailer at all when I got into Marchmont, and slammed my shin into the bare chainring while dismounting… oops!

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It goes without saying that an extended towing hitch would allow a more sensible tow – I just haven’t got over the idea of paying almost 1/3rd of the trailer cost for a piece of square-section that’s been bent in a couple of places (however precisely!) just to carry outsized loads once in a blue moon.

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1 Comment

  1. Rob

    Faced with a similar problem last week, I attempted to lash the rear recumbent wheel to the trailer and leave the smaller front wheel to run behind on the road surface. This was rapidly abandoned after being unstable as hell, but I reckon tying down the front wheel instead might work ok. Something to try in an empty carpark sometime…

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