A shout-out to Bike Box. A helpful German bike shop.

This looks to me like the arm of a Burley trailer,
attached to a mountain bike via Weber’s hitch.

A shout-out to Bike Box, in Frittlingen, Germany for their help.  I’m trying to get a Weber hitch for a customer with a Scorpion fs 26 and a Burley Child Trailer.  They’re being immensely helpful.  Burley doesn’t (yet) sell this part in the USA.

The situation:
To attach a trailer to an HP Velotechnik trike, you need to use a special mounting bracket for the trike.  It is made by HP Velo.  From there, you need the hitch made by Weber.  (Weber also makes trailers, by the way.)  There are two parts to the Weber hitch: the bicycle (male) end, which attaches to the mounting bracket on the trike/bike, and the trailer (female) end, which attaches to the trailer arm.  HP Velotechnik makes the bracket and sells it with the bicycle (male) end.  For the end that attaches to the trailer arm, we’re dependent on the trailer company (Burley).

As I write, Bike Box is helping us figure out which part, exactly, we need.  And you too can reap the benefit through the info. here.  In the future, maybe we can convince Burley USA to carry the part.  Maybe?

Montage Umrüstung Weber E + B  002
The part on the right attaches to the trailer.
You need the 23.5 mm version of this.

Here is the part (for as long as this link works):
“Weber Deichselanschluss ohne Kupplung für Kinderanhänger”
and “Umrüstset, 23.5 4-Kant für Burley”
Their article number is: 510

Under the product, where you see the text “Auswahl,” this is a drop-down list box.  Click it to select the correct size.

– If the arm of the trailer is square, as for the Burley, you need a 23.5 changing set (Umrüstset)
Select: “23.5 4-Kant für Burley”

– If the arm is round you need a 27.5 (Umrüstset)

When you use the site, if you don’t speak German, use Google’s translate feature and it’ll all make more sense.

Have fun and stay well,
Robert Matson
New York City Recumbent Supply
The Innovation Works, Inc.
copyright 2013 Robert Matson

Volae bikes and trailers: two-wheels better than one.

A quick note. Was talking with folks at Volae about trailers.

Volae is discouraging Volae owners from touring with BOB single wheel trailers.  Now, I own and love my BOB, but apparently, at high speeds — e.g., downhill — a heavy BOB can cause steering problems on a Volae.  This might be due to the fact that Volaes are designed with about 60% of rider weight towards the rear wheel.  Instead, Volae recommends two-wheel trailers, e.g. the Burley or Croozer, or loading the bike with panniers.

The Croozer Cargo Trailer (manufacturer’s information):

The Burley Flat Bed (manufacturer’s information):

The Burley Nomad (manuf.’s information):
I personally own both a BOB and a 2-wheel Burley flatbed. I’ve used the Burley trailer regularly for hauling things to storage, back from the grocery, and once with a heavy load for a video shoot in car-free Prospect Park. It’s been a reliable design for me, so far, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. Moreover, it should be easier to adapt to most SWB ‘bents, given that you need not use the special quick release skewer as one must with a BOB. Even better, you don’t have to sacrifice your Pitlock skewers to use it.
The “Croozer” brand also looks good. I’ve seen it in person and spoke with an owner but haven’t ridden with it as of my writing this today.


Robert Matson
New York City Recumbent Supply (TM)
The Innovation Works, Inc.
copyright 2009 Robert Matson