Re: [rootsradicals] Re: Hauling a kayak
- Really long boats are conspicuous. There are pictures online of people
carrying long poles and 2x4's. So, slalom kayaks (3.2 meter length)
should work--they'll just give you a really long tail....
I'd say the long-loader is more than worth the cost.
A few weeks ago, I carried a 9.5 foot metal pole and assorted 7'foot
2x4s on the side-walk side of my xtracycle. The long loader was a huge
help. Don't have the pole sticking out too much forward, since it can
snag on things if you try turning sharp corners. Don't turn sharp
corners, because the tail end sticks out far. In fact, I was less
concerned about the length than I was about the overall visibility. The
pole was gray (on a gray day) and low to the ground. So, I tied a white
plastic bag and a red blinkie onto the trailing end. I got it all home
ok through the usual scrum of evening rush-hour motorbikes, buses,
SUV's, and cars.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "soappedaler" <soappedaler@...> wrote:--
>> Is the long loader necessary to haul a kayak with an xtracycle or will
>> just a wide loader work?
>> I'm waiting on a big dummy, my local shop says QBP will be shipping
>> them shortly after Feb. 25
> It's a very good idea to have the long loader - otherwise the kayak will interfere with your
> pedaling. For a short WW boat you might be able to figure out another way to avoid that
> interference, but the long loader would be the quickest way. I've carried both WW kayaks (6-
> 8') and a Pyranha speeder on mine (14'), though the speeder was a bit and made the ride
> pretty wobbly... (picture at: http://cyclenine.com/Products/page29/page29.html).
> If you want to carry a longer kayak, such as a sea kayak, you'll probably want a kayak trailer.
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