Depends on how you define excessive, I guess. Personally, I bought my bikes to ride, and if they can't do what I want, I bought the wrong ones. I'm confident my Atlantis would pull a trailer full of bowling balls forever, but it probably would last longer if I didn't use it for that.culdeus said:Just curious about this. Would pulling a trailer in and of itself increase wear of anything in particular on a bike? Would it be ill advised for long term application on a carbon frame?
Well, maybe the heavier braking load on the front tire, but it would take a LOT of heavy braking to cause much rubber to scrub off. As to the rear tire, if the rider's power output doesn't change, then it's kind of hard to suggest that there would be faster rubber wear, since that is what causes tire wear. Just carrying weight does not significantly wear tires, since there is no scrubbing action to abrade the rubber.JCavilia said:Sure you are. Rear tire pulling greater load when accelerating or climbing, front tire absorbing more energy when braking; both causing more tread wear.
Hooben said:There is major wear and tear on a bike from towing. It is recommended that you back away from the carbon.
Why don't you just buy a ferrari and hook up a third wheel RV to it while you are at it?
I don't think trailers put much extra stress on a bike, or at least enough extra to hurt anything. Some of your wear items may wear a little more quickly due to the extra weight and the extra torque you use. So you may need to replace brake pads, chains, cassettes, tires a little sooner, but I can't see anything structural being hurt.kcb203 said:How about pulling a Trail-A-Bike on a carbon frame with a carbon seatpost? I've got a 50 pound daughter on a 35 pound Trail-A-Bike, and I feel queasy about attaching that to a carbon seatpost in a carbon frame. I'm thinking about swapping it for an aluminum seatpost for this application, but I'm still not sure about the stresses on the area where the post inserts into the frame. Perhaps I should just leave it on my steel commuting bike since we won't be going all that fast anyway.