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Troubleshooting Bionx Kits

Via BikeTechShop.com e-mail: My BionX Li-Mn 36v power system seems to be dead. I cannot get it charged by either the plug-in charger or pedal action. Please advise. It was resourceful of you to try to charge your battery using regeneration, but BionX warns that you should “not attempt to ride the bicycle to revive…

Chariot vs. Croozer vs. Burley Bike Child Trailers

Via BikeKidShop.com Email: We are looking at purchasing a bike trailer stroller combo for two children. Can you please tell me what the differences are between your three brands and why I would purchase one over another. Thank you. The main difference between the brands of trailers is the features and accessories that they come…

Recommendations on and Alternatives to Seatpost-Mounted Racks

Via CommuteByBike.com e-mail: I’m in the market for a new bike rack and I’m not finding reviews on them. Specifically seat post racks. Are there any reviews I may be missing? -Tim There don’t seem to be any seatpost rack reviews on Commute by Bike from my tenure or before. My Delta seatpost rack has…

Comparison's between Tubus Titanium Racks

Via BikeBagShop.com Email: I am a road rider who mixes a daily commute with 70 mile cafe racer runs, the occasional crit and some cyclo touring. A friend and I recently built up a Lynskey Sportive one for each of us. The plan is that this will be our touring / traveling bike. Next year…

Attaching Bike Trailers to Trikes

Via BikeTrailerShop.com E-mail: We recently purchased a recumbent trike with two wheels in the back and one in the front. We would like to get a trailer for our 20 lb Westie. Do they make such a thing to fit the trike? Appreciate your help It’s not so much a matter of finding a trailer…

Modifying the Bionx Default Settings

Via BikeTechShop.com E-mail: I bike currently on a Trek 700 Navigator 2011 with BionX G2 controller. This bike has an adjusted speed of 25 km/h in Europe. I would like to increase the speed to 35-40 km/h. What opportunities do I have with my current set or what is needed to achieve this adaptation. With…

Mounting Rear Bike Racks to Bikes without Lower Mounting Eyelets

Via BikeBagShop.com Email: I have a pretty standard road bike but it has no eyelets (lower mounting holes or above the brakes). I was hoping to get the racktime addit rear rack with a pair of ortlieb back roller classic panniers. Could I use the Tubus Quick Release adapter with the racktime addit? Is there…

Mounting Panniers on Folding Bikes

Via BikeBagShop.com Email: I ride a bike with a tiny rack (Dahon speed uno with arclite http://www.dahon.com/node/759) do you have any suggestions on what would fit? I have totally wrestled with this issue. And, unfortunately, there’s no easy way to use standard panniers with a rack like this you will have heel-strike issues no matter…

Details on Ortlieb Replacement Parts

Via BikeBagShop.com Email: I have some questions about the Ortlieb replacement parts you stock. I’m buying them to fabricate my own panier from an old laptop bag (not Ortlieb). 1/ E175-QL3 system is design to fit onto the rack, but it seems you don’t sell the mating female parts which attach to a bag? 2/…

Racks that Work Well with Trunk Bags

Via BikeBagShop.com Email: I purchased a set of Ortlieb panniers from you a few years back. I used them on my commuter bike which had a rear rack and worked out great. Now I upgraded my commuter bike to a Metrofiet cargo bike and even though I have more than enough room in the front…

Comparing Bike Trailer Hitch Styles for Two Wheel Trailers

Via BikeTrailerShop.com Email: I have been researching trailers and am seriously considering your Bongo model..a couple of reasons: made in the USA, 20 in wheels, and the hitch mount style I’ve read that a chainstay mount is superior to the axle mount. Do you have a configuration for a chainstay mount available? For the Wandertec…

The Best Pannier for Bike Commuting

Via BikeBagShop.com Email: Recently purchased a Focus Maleta Disc (2011) bike. I have not taken delivery just yet, but was looking for advice on best panniers for commuting. I need to carry my lunch bag, and occasionally a change of clothes, and would also like to keep my lock and tools in the bags as…

Replacement Parts for Kidarooz Trailers

Via BikeKidShop.com Email: I have a Kidarooz and need another axle mount adapter. My bikes have quick release hubs and the piece I am looking for slips between the axle and chain stay. There is a square metal bar to which the trailer attaches do you sell this part and if so how do I…

Two-Wheeled Trailer Recommendation for Bike Touring

Via BikeTrailerShop.com Email: We ride a tandem for touring and are looking for a two wheel trailer. We did the TransAm towing a BOB but could never learn to stand with the loaded trailer. We tow our grandchildren in a Burley D’lite and standing is no problem. The choice in two wheel touring trailers seems…

Retrofitting Trail-a-bike hitch connections

Via BikeKidShop.com Email: I have what would be best described as a knock-off trail-a-bike with a cheap hitch that I am wanting to know if there is a hitch I can use as a replacement. The bike is a Alley Cat Shadow 2 by Advent. I will try to get a pic up soon of…

Bike Box that Converts to a Bike Trailer

I would like a bike box for a prodeco full size folding bike its the new stride and I want to take it on a flight. The box could then be used as a trailer once at destination. Do you do anything like this. It is funny that you should ask about this as our…

Bike Cargo Trailers for Hunting

I have a question on the Wandertec bongo (large) size. Are these trailers strong enough to take off road. Will the hitch bar handle the stess off a rutted muddy fire road. Being the hitch is mounted to the frame (ie back wheel). Will this stress the frame of my mountain bike causing stress cracks…

Trailer for transporting a large dog

Would it be possible to haul my 184 pound Irish Wolfhound behind my Cannondale Jekyl mountain bike, or my BLT steel touring bike? Both are geared very low, and I am interested in using it on nearly level paved bike paths. Could the Surly Bill Bike Cargo Trailer be adaped to such use? The dog…

Tubus Racks for Road Bikes w/Disc Brakes

I am looking to get a Tubus rack, specifically the carry model, and am looking for information on its compatibility with road/cx bikes with rack mounts on the frame, but with disc brakes. Is there clearance to mount these using the frame mounts, or do you need the QR mounting kit? Is there any difference…

Best Cargo Trailer for Beach Gear?

I was wondering which bike trailer would be the best one for transporting beach chairs and a cooler to the beach. It will be going over paved roads and parked near the beach, so it does not need to be sand-capable. Any suggestions? Beach hauling duties are quite a popular use for bike trailers. We…

Rack for 20" Bikes

Looking to outfit my daughter’s 20″ mountain bike with a rear rack to put her school bag on. Any recommendations of a good, relatively inexpensive option to do that? I was looking at your racktime racks, I guess with some of the longer attachments to the seatstays? Other ideas? It’s funny that you ask as…

Adult Bike Trailer for 89 y.o. Mother in Law

Via BikeKidShop.com Email: I have an 89 y.o. mother in law who cannot ride on a traditional or tandem bicycle. I would like to enable her to enjoy some outdoor time along our extensive bike trails. I am looking to learn if there are bicycle trailers similar to those for children for adults. She weighs…

Hitch for Trek Trailer

“I’m looking to buy a replacement hitch for my trek trailer.” www.CampfireCycling.com’s Answer: We do not support Trek trailers however we are aware that some Trek trailers use Chariot’s hitches: We also have written a blog post about bike trailer hitches that may be helpful if your trailer does not use a Chariot hitch.