Often used to haul water for a few months by placing a rubber mat on the bottom to cover the steel grating so that the seven gallon plastic container wouldn't slide around while riding. Nashbar's optional cargo net worked very well to hold the water container in place. I am not recommending that the trailer be regularly pushed beyond the 40lb. weight rating, I'm simply sharing this information for others buying decisions as some reviewers have claimed the welds break. Well, I haven't had that happen with mine and I have routinely placed 50 to 60 lbs.in it without a problem.
I have had a Nashbar cargo trailer for several years and have been very pleased with its performance. Using this trailer to serve a variety of cargo carrying needs of bicycle touring and commuting. For use with food delivery, touring and camping to stacking wood pallets on it. The latter is not recommended, I had put a small dent on top of the fender from the weight of the pallets and definitely put more than the 40 lbs. capacity the trailer is rated at.
I have been having fun with this little trailer and several years ago made signs to advertise my bike repair business. Worked well parked at the grocery store and served as a nice conversation piece with many complements from folks. The first photo shows this trailer filled with organic produce and other items when I used it for making food deliveries for our local organic food co-op.
This trailer performs best for the original use I had intended it for, which is bike touring and camping. I have a waterproof roll top velcro bag that fits snug when packed for overnight trips and with the cargo net stretched over the bag it rides very nice. The trick is to pack the weight in the trailer for the lowest center of gravity and placing the heavier items in the center for wheel tracking.
A common issue folks complain about when getting a single wheel trailer is while connecting and disconnecting the trailer to and from the bike. It's a nuisance to hold the bike upright or laying the bike down while trying to connect a loaded trailer. If your'e building a touring bike or for bike commuting I recommend the Pletscher two legged kickstand that folds up to one side and is made in Switzerland. It is a very well made design and has served me well over the years. Parts and accessories for these types of projects can be found at Jenson USA,( click on banner ad at left to shop their site). Hope this review helps with your purchasing of a bicycle trailer.
9/3/13 It has been brought to my attention that the two wheeled Croozer Cargo Trailer appears to be replacing the single wheeled nashbar trailer described in this article. Click on the link provided for information or to purchase. Is Very well reviewed.
Due to the fact that nashbar has discontinued their single wheel bicycle cargo trailers I have a more current article regarding the Top Four Bike Trailers for Touring and Commuting which includes the Aosom Solo Single Wheel Bicycle Cargo Trailer as a budget friendly replacement for the nashbar cargo trailer. Click on the previous underline text to read that article.
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