Sunday, 7 March 2010
We have the very first Wandertec Bongo trailer in Europe.
Ours is the "small" size trailer, which weighs just 6.5 kg (14.5 lbs) and has a load bed size of 63 cm x 38 cm (25 inches x 15 inches).
The Bongo makes a surprisingly lightweight package. All the parts arrived in one cardboard box.
The light weight is in part due to the frame being of aluminium. It also makes for a very rigid construction.
The wheels are radial spoked, 16 inch (ETRTO 305) size. which looks nice, have aluminium rims and hubs, and spin very freely.
The trailer uses the well established Chariot trailer mount. We already have this on other trailers, so it means we can swap between bikes easily. Earlier I showed how I retrofitted this hitch to our dog trailer.
The wheels mount and unmount simply by pushing in the centre of the hub, which makes a locking mechanism withdraw.
It took just a few minutes to assemble the trailer, but it was a couple of weeks before I got around to using it !
Note that the load bed as supplied is not the maximum size which will fit between the wheels.
The trailer comes with straps which can be used to attach many different shapes to the top, but I will make a slightly oversized basket to fit between the wheels and carry more things conveniently.
More later when we've had a chance to get more use from the trailer !