We’ve had some inquiries about our bike setups, especially with Erica’s stretch caravan- a Surly Big Dummy with an attached Burley Piccolo Trailer-Bike. For all you families out there that are interested in attaching a helper to your cargo bike, here’s how we did it.

The Big Dummy and its little buddy, the Burley Piccolo

The Big Dummy and its little buddy, the Burley Piccolo

First off, the Burley Piccolo is not intended to be attached to a typical cargo bike as the mounting system for the trailer bike is included with a specific rear bicycle cargo rack. This included rack is intended to be secured to conventional bicycles. Here are some photos of the product attachment system as it intended to be used:

For our circumstances we required more seating area for children than a conventional bicycle allows. We purchased the Burley Piccolo with the understanding that we would have to fabricate a rack mounting system that would be as safe and versatile as the original.

A good friend of ours helped us with some designs and Mark took inventory of our boxes of random cycling hardware. Between some plate aluminum, some Bobike child seat parts and some bits of hardware- this is what we came up with.

In this arena making bits of cycling equipment work for your growing family tends to be a ‘Every Mom/Dad for themself’ territory, which can be liberating and frustrating at times. I am sure the Bobike clamps could be substituted with a different piece of hardware- we were also experimenting with the sort of pipe repair clamps that come with an internal rubber jacket.

Search, ask and innovate- and find the solutions that work for you and your family ride! As always, if you have any questions, feedback or advice for us- we’re open.

Written by Mark and Erica

5 Comments

Patrick McMahon

Thanks for posting this and all of the other info from your ride. I’ve got a Kona Ute and an Adams Trail-A-Bike and have wondered if I could craft something that would securely attach the Trail-A-Bike to the end of the longtail. It would be a totally different system because of the design of the Adams, but your efforts have reinspired me to try and make it work. Looks like a great ride you’re doing. Very inspiring for the rest of us.

Mark and Erica

Thanks Patrick! Good luck with your project and feel free to share your results with us. We love creative solutions to get the kids rolling with you on your favorite bike.

-Mark

Melissa

This is awesome information–I am looking for a way to attach our Burley Kazoo to my Workcycles Fr8 bike, and this is a good example to follow. I was wondering how the threaded nut is attached to the aluminum plate? Is it just bolted on the underside? And to save me the trouble of trial and error, do you know offhand what size it is?

Mark and Erica

Hi Melissa,
I’m afraid I don’t know the bolt size offhand, but I can assure you it is metric. If I find out soon I’ll let you know. The threaded barrel nut is in fact attached by a bolt from underneath the aluminum plate. I used a reversible ‘loctite’ to prevent the bolt from backing out and also used washers to acquire the desired thread engagement with the Piccolo hitch. Hope this helps!

-Mark

Dana

We also have a burly piccolo. To prepare for touring and for our son riding to school in the fall, we are interested in two things: A rear fender and a rack to hold a small basket or pannier. Have you made these upgrades to your piccolo? Do you have any suggestions?

Thanks,
Dana

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