Child Bike Trailer for Bikepacking Cargo?
is using a child bike trailer for a cargo trailer a good idea? i dont want to buy all these saddles cuz i wanna tow it behind a road bike maybe
Maybe on really mellow dirt for a short distance, but you'd need a pretty wide path and a well built trailer to survive more than that. A BOB trailer might be a reasonable alternative.
P.S. watch the clearance underneath. I know our old kid's trailer canvas tended to sag fairly low if anything was on the floor.
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I think a kids trailer would be perfectly fine for dirt/forest road situations. As verslowrdr noted, the width will be an issue in tighter trails/singletrack, but depending on where you plan to go, it could be just great (and free). I am also more inclined to use/reuse items I already have to avoid buying new crap. I have an older Burley trailer that I removed the fabric from (it was sun damaged and tearing) and now that the kids are too big for it, have been contemplating converting it to a grocery hauler or similar. Also looking to go on a short, forest road-type bikepacking excursion with my kids this summer and am contemplating using that to keep their load light and since I won’t be doing a lot of climbing.
If you are on singletrack, climbing, or on steep terrain, it might not be the best choice, but you just need to consider where you would be using it to see if it will work. I have also thought about whether I could cannibalize the Burley to make something along the lines of the extrawheel.