Foldable Wide Path Camper: a Whole Different Kind of Bike Trailer


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While it certainly is possible to pull a trailer that heavy with your bike, you're probably not going up any big hills with it, especially if you wanted to carry any other stuff in there, like your clothes or sleeping gear or food. At one point in my life, I used to haul about half that amount of weight regularly on a bike trailer, so I know it's doable, but I have to wonder if it's worth the effort to pull, when you can carry a tent with you instead, which weighs so much less.

The Wide Path Camper also has a pretty high profile for something that gets pulled behind a bicycle, and based on my personal experience in biking in windy conditions, it seems like an accident waiting to happen. With that high of a trailer on your bike, not only would a headwind feel like you're pulling an elephant behind you, but a crosswind could actually be deadly if it pulled your bike across traffic, or over the side of a hill.

And if you were to be such a badass as to be able to pull this thing up hills, coming down the other side would be a whole experience in itself, considering how much weight you'd now have pushing you down (assuming you did pack some gear in there). You'd probably need a beefy upgrade to your brakes, to install some remote brakes on the trailer itself, or to cultivate a will of steel in order to ride it down the hill at full speed.

Having said all of that, I still love this idea. I think if it was a popup model with a low profile, and if it was paired with an electric bike (or electric assist on the trailer itself?), then it would probably be loads of fun.

Or I could be totally wrong, and it's perfect the way it is. Perhaps if you only need to pull it along a flat road for a couple of miles to go camping nearby, or if you can hook up a tandem bike and double your pulling power, then it could be a great new cycling accessory.

If you're interested, it sounds like models should be available for purchase sometime in early 2015, and will set you back about $2500. Contact Wide Path Camper for more info.

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