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  1. #1
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    Tandems And Trailers?

    My stoker and I are wanting to start bike camping/packing/touring and have been considering using a BOB trailer. Just wondering if anyone has any experience with a tandem and trailer set-up?

    We ride a Fandango 29er and want to try some new things with it.

    Thanks for any comments or insights.


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    We've had several teams pull Bob trailers for long trips and camping trips with no issues. A Bob alone or combined with a rear rack (there are bosses on the frame) will offer lots of carrying capacity. I've been considering setting up a trekking version myself. Of course if you do this, you'll need to post lots of pictures and a trip report!
    MTB Tandems Inc.

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    2 things you may find helpful:
    1) Just because a BOB trailer holds 70(?) pounds, doesn't mean you should pack 70#.
    2) Keep the heavy stuff low in the trailer. Top-heavy items will put a pretty good twist on your rear triangle.

    If trailering a 60# child around on a Trail-a-bike counts for anything, lots of tandems do it.

    It's never easier - you just go faster.

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    Thanks for the replies. The weather is getting better by the day and we're planning our first overnighter in a few weeks. Have gleaned the bikepacking threads but wanted some tandem specific feedback.

    Alex, I hope we'll do better with pictures and a ride report than we have getting some pictures of the Grinch to you. ( they're coming, I promise! )

    Fleas, good point about packing light. I have a bad habit of over packing things I might possibly need on the trail.

    Thanks again,


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