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training with a bob trailer(7 posts)

training with a bob traileradventurefind
Jul 8, 2002 7:31 PM
I have started a training regime. Took me three hours to finish a trip of 2 hours. I put 30 lbs in the bob trailer and towed it with my cross bike. I have Cnoti Goliath tires for the road. My legs feel it. Specially at the Dunnigan Hills. Have any of you tried something similar?
re: training with a bob trailerTWD
Jul 9, 2002 3:23 PM
I've pulled a Bob Trailer a couple times before, but actually do training rides quite often pulling a two wheeled trailer with my son in the back.

Went out last night on my cross rig with trailer in tow for about 2 hours and close to 3000 feet of climbing on gravel roads. Back at it again tonight for a road ride with the trailer.

I've noticed that it makes a huge difference in developing overall power and helps out with climbing.

I have never done any cross racing (only mtb and road) so I'm no expert, but I don't know that pulling a trailer would be be good cross specific training since I don't think it does much for speed work. It seems like you would need to do more speed work with quick accelerations which are hard to do with a trailer.

Last year to make things even harder, I towed the trailer with my single speed mountain bike running 32-15 gearing. Those same climbs seem pretty darn easy now on a geared bike with no trailer and I can pull like a freight train on flatter road rides!!!!
I dunno about trailers....Ahimsa
Jul 9, 2002 7:07 PM
...but I've been known to load up my Dee Dog with around thirty pounds of books. Makes for a tough ride. Nice to then ride w/o it.


re: training with a bob trailerJan Gerrit Klok
Jul 9, 2002 10:33 PM
I have a BOB as well, use it where other people take the car.

I've been looking for effective ways to slow me down, to be able to train with a lady racer, and both be on simular heartrates/effort. Maybe all but topping off your tubes with water is an option? Should affect the ride dramatically, though I have yet to try it.

Downside of using weight to slow you down, is when steep descends show up, especially off-road. Not that we have such conditions here in my region...

Having a kid in the trailer cheering me on is one of my dreams.
re: training with a bob traileradventurefind
Jul 10, 2002 12:04 PM
there are hardly any hills where I live. I have to ride out 15 miles north to hit anything with a good gradient. But yes, it does feel good to train with the weight, and then on casual rides, I can ride much faster. I can tell a difference. Well, it's my thing anyway.
Tniker JuarezJames A
Jul 12, 2002 7:25 AM
Tinker rides off-road with 30 lbs of rocks in a backpack to get the effect of climbing with additional weight, yet avoiding some of the problems described here.

He is one tough competitor!!! He is the 2X National Champ of 24 Hour MTB racing!
Tniker Juarezadventurefind
Jul 12, 2002 12:02 PM
He is an incredible guy. He should try cross races.
Thing is, I wouldn't carry weight on my back like that. What if you crash? The injury could be catastrophic!
I much rather tow it behind me.