Friday, November 25, 2011

Trailer Talk: Nov. 25, 2011

I do not have a kickstand on my Thorn and Brahma. However, Brahma the Brompton does not need a separate kickstand, as one can use the rear rack to "park" a Brompton.

When I don't have 64A, the cargo trailer attached to the MKII, parking it is quite easy. I simply lean it against a stationary object and lock the bike to the stationary object.  This stationary object is usually a gate or a bike rack or a lamp post.

I have considered adding a center kickstand to the MKII, but that's a topic for another post, really!

Today, I learned something new about parking the MKII with 64A attached to it. It may sound trivial for some of you veterans out there, but to me it was a valuable lesson.

When parking your bike (without a kickstand) with the cargo trailer attached to it, you may want to...
  1. Lean the bike towards the stationary object a lot --- more than how much you would normally lean it,  when you do not have the trailer attached to the bike.
  2. AND/OR Secure the bike to the stationary object (in this case the gate) tightly, so that the bike does not move forward/backward/sideways.

Taking these precautions this might eliminate the bike from moving, which can cause the loaded trailer to fall on your foot/feet, when you are loading it or securing your cargo. Believe me, trailer falling on your feet is no fun!
That's all the news in this edition of "Trailer Talk"! 

Have a Great Weekend!

Paz :)

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