Lifelong cyclist Josh Lipton in Flagstaff Arizona has designed a sturdy and affordable bike trailer that can carry bulky, heavy loads. Behold, the Wandertec Tuba.
The idea behind the Wandertec Tuba is to provide the same level of convenience and spaciousness as a car’s trunk or backseat. Most consumer bike trailers don’t have this kind of space. So even the most dedicated cyclists have to fall back on using a car for very common load sizes.
Lipton, a lifelong cyclist, has designed several trailers, but his needs changed when he became a father this year. As a new parent, he and his wife began to use the family car more and more, and he realized the “trap” families fall into, in spite of intentions to drive less.
Lipton designed the Wandertec Tuba trailer to accommodate the needs of a mainstream family – but one that prioritizes pedal power over petroleum power. “I ride my bike a lot already. I always have,” Lipton says, “But with this bike trailer I hardly use our family car at all anymore.”
The initial funding for the Tuba is being provided by backers on Kickstarter. In the Kickstarter video (below) Lipton asks, “Where is the trailer for the minivan lifestyle — but without the minivan?”
A smaller sized bare-bones trailer can be had for as little as $319. Smaller pledges will get you hats, shirts and link love.
Disclosure: Wandertec is a legit business that’s been selling bicycle trailers and other accessories for several years now.Cyclelicious sells Wandertec products as an “affiliate.” See that “Bike Tech Shop” ad in the right sidebar? That’s Wandertec.
More at Kickstarter –> The Wandertec Tuba.
When I see stuff like this I always wonder how I’d do on a steep hill with it.
I live at the top of a steep hill, so load weight is something I pay attention to. I imagine if I regularly pulled large loads I might get an electric motor to assist.