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Mounting a Wandertec BONGO to the right side of a Bike

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3:29 pm
January 24, 2012

Josh Lipton


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Post edited 3:33 pm – January 24, 2012 by Josh Lipton

I have a Wandertec Bongo. I have added a second bicycle to the family and would like to be able to switch trailer between the bikes, but the second bikes has to have a trailer mounted to the right side instead of the left. Is there a mount that will let me attach to the right side. My LBS says they can mount the Burley Nomad to either side but they don't carry the Wandertec. Answer:
First off, I'm curious as to why you can only mount to the right side of the bike.

It might be possible to Flip the Wandertec BONGO Trailer over, though the hitch block will get in the way of the loadbed.

The standard Chariot Hitch Cup will likely not work well as it would need to be mounted upside down.  This could work out fine. though as the hitch arm on the BONGO can be pivoted upwards. 

Another way you might go is with a Chariot Alternative Hitch.  This is a hitch that clamps to the seatstay.  We don't have them listed on the site, but do have a few around the shop.

I'm not so sure about mounting the Burley Nomad on the right side.  Though the trailer body has a port where the hitch arm can be mounted, the bend of the hitch arm is designed for left side mounting.

Wandertec Bongo Bike Cargo Trailer Large


8:30 am
January 25, 2012



Post edited 8:40 am – January 25, 2012 by Steve

The rohoff hub is an internal 14 speed hub. Mine has the external shift mechanism which extends just outside the frame on the left side, maybe a 1/4 inch or so. Ithis prevents the hitch mount from sitting flush against the frame. The right side has nothing to interfere with the hitch mount, except there is not enough space to mount it upside down. I tried to copy picture of it here but I can't seem to do it. This website shows a picture of the hub and shift mechanism,…..dhub.shtml. Mine is the middle example and the triangular shaped box is the shift mechanism that extends slightly outside the frame. I wonder if a longer axle and a space would allow the hitch to work ok?

1:46 pm
January 25, 2012

Fire Chief Carlson


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Hello Steve,

Thanks for your reply.

The solution to your problem is the Wandertec Quick Release Spacers.  These nifty little things simply provide a mounting location for the hitch that is 1/4" offset from the frame.  We commonly use them for bikes with breezer style dropouts, but they will work in this application.  We have a Rohloff mounted to a Thorn Tandem here at the shop so I mounted it and took a few pictures, see images below.  The only change that I needed to make was I had to get a longer QR being I was using 2 spacers which is an additional 1/2" in length.  In some cases the original QR has enough threads to sufficiently tighten with the spacers mounted.

If you have any additional questions let me know.

Wandertec Quick Release Spacer

Wandertec Quick Release Spacer

Wandertec Quick Release Spacer

6:33 pm
January 28, 2012



I chose to not use quick release but have normal threaded axles…will the spacers still work?

6:00 pm
February 2, 2012

Josh Lipton


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The above mentioned solution works well with quick releases but I don't think it will work with solid axles.


4:49 am
July 20, 2012



Hi there. I'm actually facing a similar problem. Thanks a lot, you provided a great solution to my combination of quick release and rohloff. 

Now, eventough you might have found a solution to yours since you last posted, I thought it could help some other people on the web to post this here. For solid axles on rohloff hubs, charriot carriers provided a special bolt, chack this : 

you can find 2 different versions, one for Sram and Rohloff, the other one for Shimano, all intended to be used with Internal gear hubs with solid axles. 

You can also order them online, but in very few shops, like here :…..apter.aspx


hope this will be useful. 



6:33 am
July 20, 2012

Josh Lipton


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Post edited 8:25 am – July 20, 2012 by Josh Lipton

Thanks Frank!  We also have the Chariot Bike Trailer Internal Hub Hitch Adapter available at

Chariot Bike Trailer Internal Hub Hitch Adaptor



While this adapter works well with hubs with nutted axles.  Another adapter that we recommend for quick releases is the Burley Alternative Quick Release Adapter.  While this adapter is made by Burley for the Burley Forged Hitch, it will work with any bike trailer hitch designed to mount to the dropout utilizing a quick release.

Burley Alternative Quick Release Hitch AdapterBurley Alternative Quick Release Hitch Adapter


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