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.
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.