1385RE: [rootsradicals] Re: power assist!
- Aug 3, 2007Yes, slightly better because the pivoting point is ahead of the rear wheel for
the most part. That would greatly reduce the tendency to jack knife. However,
there would still be a thrusting action above the center of gravity that would
work against your attempts to turn the bike, tending to make it "high side".
I know this for a fact as I have a trailer called the Alley Cat that is
essentially like this, but does not have a provision for a child rider. Rather,
it has a rack that runs the length of the main tube. I tried it on a tour and
found it to be unwieldly because of the the previously stated problem when
turning while slowing down, the inertia would push me towards the outside of
Another troublem is that it had a high moment of inertia above the axle line of
the bike, causing a lateral instability that was quite annoying when
accelerating or climbing and unnerving when going downhill. That is why I use
my B.o.B. trailer so much, and looking forward to putting my X together soon!!
I just have to complete the drivetrain. I know the rider type of trailers are
very popular, but I've only seen parents riding slowly in the neighborhoods so
maybe that's the appropriate application for these.
First time doing the blog thing, what a great resource!! Thanks, Greg
Quoting Cathode Ray <ray@...>:
> At 9:58 AM -0400 2/8/07, Mighk Wilson wrote:
> >Perhaps someone could design a motorized single-wheel trailer that
> >pushes the bike?
> Staton Inc makes a motor kit called the pusher, see
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