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Cycletote

by RL Policar

The folks of Cycletote just sent us a very neat trailer to review.

They sent us the Touring model.

You’re wondering how does this become a trailer? Well with my magical mechanic hands, anything is possible!

Here are some of the specs:
Standard Equipment

The Touring Model, Covered Wagon, Woody, and Bare Trailer come equipped with a bicycle seat post hitch attachment, either 700c(touring) or 26″ (mountain bike) full sized, quick release bicycle wheels, safety flag, rear reflector and wheel reflectors.

The Touring Model will carry most anything including your cross country gear, groceries, tools, and a bale of hay. It offers extremely low wind and rolling resistance, has greater weight and volume capacity and does not present the balancing problems of a one-wheeler in high winds or during slow climbs. If you need even more capacity, we offer longer versions using the Special Needs frames and a taller version, the Covered Wagon, which can be purchased with the Touring Model as a “Combo”. This lets you switch back and forth as your needs dictate.

The trailer sticks out about 2 – 2 1/2 inches beyond average handle bars. It rides quite nicely on the edge of narrow highways, even when the right wheel at times drops down over the shoulder. Passing auto traffic usually give you a much wider berth than they would without the trailer.

The trailer has a removeable cover and the tires have a refelctive strip on the side walls, and they’re slicks!

Check out the cargo room in here. I placed a very large picnic basket along with some Christmas lights and a few stuffed animals.

Take a look at the craftsmanship of the welding. By the way Cycletote is Made in the USA, Fort Collins, Colorado to be exact.

For more information products offered by Cycletote. CLICK HERE!

 
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6 Responses to “Cycletote”

  1. This would be perfect for the beach!

  2. Nick says:

    I love that it attaches to the seatpost, rather than the rear dropouts. I’d like to see how far the trailer can pivot side to side, i.e. how much you can still lean on the bike without lifting one of the trailer’s wheels.

  3. Richard Lotz says:

    Do you plan a more indepth review? How’s the handling? Most trailer designs I see attach to the dropouts or through the rear axle screwer to improve handling. Can you compare it to say a Burly nomad or other similarly setup trailer? How does it do when braking on hills with a load?

  4. RL Policar says:

    Rich,

    This initial posting was to show off the Cycletote. We’ll be conducting the review and posting it soon enough. I’ll make sure we have some good load in there to check the braking, as well as turning.

    I can’t really compare it to a Burly Nomad or one of those Bob trailer things since we don’t have one. But one of the tests we want to do is to take it off-road.

    Hope that helps.

    RL

  5. Degutan says:

    I’ve used this trailer. It’s got an option for inertial brakes. I’ve got that option on my cycletote trailer and it was awesome on my cross country trip. It really helps to have brakes when you’re carrying 80 lbs.

    It doesn’t look they their test setup doesn’t have inertial brakes.

  6. RL Policar says:

    Ok guys,

    I got your questions answered by Cycletote.

    Here’s what they have to say.

    ” In response to # 2, I would advise that the bolt on which the hitch socket is attached will rotate a full 360 degrees so that there is no problem with the lean of the bike affecting the trailer. With # 3, I hope you are able to do the tests he suggests. Obviously, the weight of the trailer and it’s load will effect your bicycle’s handling and your ability to stop safely. But it is no different with the seat post hitch attachment than with the rear triangle attachment. Note also that optional automatic brakes are available. These are extremely effective”

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