Spoke with Mark at Catrike…

I asked if there is any risk, as it relates to frame stress, in towing a single-wheel trailer [such as the Extrawheel], with the Catrike 700. He says “absolutely not.”. My call follows the e-mail I sent last Thursday.  Mark went on to say “the Catrike dropouts are beefed up and the frame reinforced sufficiently that frame stress will not be a problem.” He cautioned me on the possibility of the trailer jackknifing if extreme braking is applied with a heavy load. The Extrawheel has a maximum load capacity of 66 pounds. I do not expect to carry more than 50 lbs with this trailer.  Based on the Extrawheel reply for Josh and the Catrike reply from Mark. I’m comfortable that using the Extrawheel, as I plan, will be OK. Here is a BROL thread that expresses a different opinion on towing single-wheel trailers with a trike.

Over the last few days, I have done lots of research on this issue. Where I find cautions, seem to be with those single-wheel trailers where the trailer cargo is between the wheel and the trike. Such is the case with a BOB Yak & Ibex Trailers, etc. Walt [BROL member WaltK] has provided his perspective [as a part of the thread above] on the use of the BOB trailer with his Greenspeed GTR and found no stress issues with that trike and his BOB Trailer.

I also find a two-wheel trailer may be more suited for touring than a single-wheel trailer. My research leads me to the Burley Nomad. Here is a fair and balanced review of the Extrawheel and its suitability for towing tasks.

If I use a Nomad trailer, I’ll modify how I connect it to my trike frame. I’ll use a center tow-bar [rather than the one on the left of the trailer]. One possibility is to modify the Jogger Kit [pictured below] to connect to an Extrawheel Yoke [pictured on the right]. This will allow for direct tracking of the Nomad Trailer behind my trike. I want to use the same tire [Schwalbe Stelvio HS-350] that I have on my trike’s front wheel for redundancy and the ease of only needing to have two tube types [front/trailer & rear 700c {for rear & Extrawheel Trailer}] versus three [front, rear, and something different for the trailer].

Stay tuned, I think this will all be interesting…