It's hard to believe that last year at this time, Neva and I had biked about 1000 miles on the Great Divide and were in Aurora, Colorado visiting friends.
|Fourth of July, 2013 spent with the Branson's in style, a rooftop view of the fireworks (shown above).|
Since our family likes to do things the bike way, and we are preparing for another Great Divide bike tour later this month, we decided it would be a great time to take out the Tout Terrain Single-Wheeled Trailer and see how it handles on different trails in the area. Our friend and upcoming tour companion, Laurie, joined us for the festivities and mayhem of biking around a new spot.
|Meet Laurie, she's awesome.|
The destination was Lake Ray Roberts, which is about 15 miles outside of Denton downtown. It's a state park that has miles of equestrian, biking, and hiking trails, and every now and again, you might bump into a Lake.
|You are here...ish.|
The Tout Terrain Single Wheeled Trailer (which from here on out will be termed 'the Single'), is a little awkward to attach to the bike by yourself, but doable, and just takes some getting used to. You have to finesse the bike being upright, and straddle the Single which has a center of gravity much lower and further back than where it attaches to the seat post, so it wants to tip to one side when you're trying to mount it. This is standard with all single-wheeled trailers such as the B.O.B. or the Extrawheel trailers, but those cargo trailers are mounted at the axle instead of at the seat post so it's easier to stand over.
|So the hitch is that silver thing on the bike post, and the hitch arm is the long black thing which has an articulating knuckle that slides over the hitch and is secured by a lock pin and quick release.|
My small, frame mounted Greenfield Stabilizer Kickstand will not hold bike, kid, and trailer up. The Single has it's own kickstand, but with my bike frame being so small, either my back wheel lifts off the ground and crosses the hitch arm, or the trailer wheel lifts and is quite precarious if a child is in it. I think taller people (with bigger bikes) would have more space on their seat post, and mount the hitch higher, making the trailer kickstand more effective, lifting the rear wheel of the bike and acting like a double kickstand (without the interference of the hitch arm, of course). My suggestion would be either get a double kickstand (which needs the appropriate flat bottom bracket to mount, and mine is round) or use a Click Stand (which I tried in the past on the Troll, but it wouldn't stay put since my triangle has such a steep angle to it). Leaning against trees is what I'll do for now, until I can figure out a better kickstand method.
|You can see how the rear wheel of my bike interferes with the hitch arm when the kickstand is up.|
Okay, now that we're all set up, now we can ride! After toting around the Chariot CX1 for so long, weighing in at 35 pounds by itself (Neva adds another 30 pounds), weight felt like weight to me, whether using two wheels, or one. Then we climbed some moderate hills (for Texas) and the trailer followed behind like a trusty puppy dog. At only 19 pounds, I was thinking I may be noticing a slight difference on the pavement. But then we went off-road...
|Laurie showing off her muscles!|
Okay, maybe we biked a little, in addition to picture taking...