arcadiagt5 (arcadiagt5) wrote,
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Croozer Cargo Trailer

Up until now my solution for grocery shopping has been to strap a milk crate to the top of a pannier and sit most of the groceries in that. This was OK but had several problems.

1. I had to keep a careful eye on how much I was buying as I wouldn't know until got outside if I could load it up. I never actually exceeded the limit but I came nervously close on several occasions.
2. I had to load the pannier and crate very carefully.
3. The way that the checkout staff bagged the items usually didn't match the way I needed to pack.

I've been thinking about trailers for a while so today I borrowed a Croozer Cargo trailer and gave it a test run. And then promptly bought it. :)

The hitching mechanism is clean, simple, and doesn't get in the way of panniers. The handling of the trike isn't noticeably affected*, nor does it appear to slow me down much.

Best of all the bar that connects to the hitch has two positions - horizontal (used when the trailer is connected to the trike), and 45 degrees from horizontal. The latter gives me a convenient handle that allows me to use the trailer as a shopping trolley. You'd almost think it was designed that way. :)

Having the trailer with me in the shop solves problem 1: if it fits into the trailer whilst I'm shopping I know I can get it home.

The flat bed solves problem 2: easy to load, no real planning needed.

The trailer happens to be two green shopping bags wide, which neatly solves problem 3: if the checkout staff can get it into the green bags then I have convenient loading units.

Oh, and the damn thing is huge inside. Today I had two shopping bags side by side and a huge pair of pillows (which I could never have carried before)

*Although the trailer itself can tip over if you corner agressively whilst the trailer is unloaded. [Innocent whistle]

I have photos to accompany this review but LJ is being difficult tonight with uploads so I may add them tomorrow.

EDIT: Some photos beneath this cut

1st up, the original solution:



2nd, the trailer with its cover from the back...

 
...and from the front:



4th is a close look at the hitching arrangement:



Finally, damn but there's a lot of room in there


NB: Clicking on the photo will open up a larger version.
Tags: photography, reviews, trikes
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