Since this trailer is supposed to be able to carry 60 lbs, it sounded like enough of a limit to control my frenzy somewhat. After all, whatever I bought, I would have to pull home. Events, though, have so far precluded an actual VNSA outing with the trailer. So I decided to try it out instead for carrying books to one of the VNSA donation stations, to give some back.
|Conservation of household book mass: books in should equal books out|
|Book cargo weight, well below the rated max, probably a good middle weight to try out|
|The V where the handles join also mounts a rear-facing blinky light|
It comes with a big gaping bag that mounts on the little pegs that stick out the sides. Other sorts of bags might be fitted or attached, although I haven't spent much time on that yet. It will be necessary to ensure that they fit between the wheels without rubbing. I plan on trying out different combos and attachment methods to work out how to carry the books back home from the next sale.
The trailer's name comes from the sled made by native Americans by lashing together two poles to pull loads behind. For me, for some purposes like hauling 40 or 50 pounds of books, this trailer works very well. I can't imagine trying to manage that type of load on my bicycle in a backpack, or even on my rear rack, which isn't rated for that much weight. Which turns out to be a good thing, since I found three loads of kids' books waiting for me to haul back to the donation box when I returned home. It seems that the idea of me hauling books by bicycle is popular in my house. That's fine by me: it will make more room for new books, while hitching up the Travoy and riding over to the donation box will give me more practice for a big load returning home from the fairgrounds in February.
|Reflectors underneath. The trailer sits at about 45 degrees, so these appear to be visible but low to the ground.|
|Stowed inside itself. Light and easy to carry. This bag comes with, others available optionally.|
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