Bicycle trailers for kayaks - CO2-free transport on the road or offroad
February 12, 2020
5 min read
A boat trailer for the bicycle? reacha has four hand or bike trailer kayak trailers in the range, which are ideal for outdoor sports enthusiasts who prefer to cycle emission-free to the nearest lake or river. Each model can transport a kayak up to 4 to 5 metres long. Depending on the distance - road or terrain - , the length of the tour (days, weeks) as well as personal preferences - e-bike, racing bike, etc. - the choice of the right bicycle trailer is different.
How many kilometers are realistic? Or in other words: When is it worthwhile to transport kayaks by car? Probably not, if you live near a lake or river that is conveniently located for kayaking anyway. It might be different if you own a van or bus, but with a standard 5-seater kayak transport is at least complicated - in most cases you would probably need a special device on the roof.
Couldn't a more practicable solution then be to connect a suitable bike trailer onto a mountain bike, racing bike, e-bike, trekking bike or city bike and ride it directly to the lakeshore - instead of fighting for one of the last parking spaces and dragging the heavy boat to the edge of the water? In most cases it will not be possible to drive to the shore by car. With a bicycle the chances are much better. And at the same time you relieve the environment, save your nerves and save a lot of time.
The advantages of kayak reacha trailers at a glance
easy to assemble and disassemble without tools
hand-held and bike trailerusable
adjustable in length and width
low weight thanks to aluminium frame
also suitable for other outdoor sports equipment (besides kayaks)
Inflatable kayaks can be transported even when inflated
Loading up to 35 kg (bicycle) or 60 kg (hand) possible
resistant against rust and salt wate
Small pack size - for longer tours
Actually some partners share their travel reports with us, especially when one of our reacha trailers was on the road for several days (or even weeks) at a time. Excursionists who go on longer kayak tours, for example, and who inevitably encounter water-poor spots, locks or other obstacles and therefore often have to transport their kayak (or other luggage) on land, prefer a trailer with a small packing size, which ideally can be quickly assembled and disassembled.
For this purpose the reacha compact with its small packing size (120 x 60 x 30 cm) is the ideal bicycle or hand trailer. And thanks to its lightweight aluminium frame, small 20" tyres and a simple plug-in system, the compact trailer is easy to dismantle and can also be transported by kayak to save space. With a maximum load of up to 35 kg, it also bike trailer has the necessary stability.
But: In terms of stability, the reacha pro then at least get a little off the other two kayak supporters reacha compact, reacha beach and reacha street. The reacha pro is primarily aimed at business customers, e.g. kayak schools or hotels with their own water sports equipment for rental. Therefore the reacha pro - is the only reacha-trailer - equipped with stable aluminium side walls. Thus, for example, with the reacha pro also transport several inflatable kayaks (without air!). Equipped with fatbike tyres the reacha pro can be used on the road as well as on any other terrain.
Also the reacha beach and the reacha street consist of a stable (and very light) aluminium frame and can transport a kayak up to a maximum length of 4.5 metres on their textile loading areas. The main difference lies in the tyres.
The reacha street is supplied with 20" tyres: this kayak trailer thus maintains its smoothness even at higher speeds and is therefore more suitable for cyclists who mainly travel on asphalt roads. In particular racing cyclists or e-bikers, who are sometimes faster on the road, will find the reacha street her ideal companion.
It’s different with the reacha beach. Thanks to its Fatbike tires, this bike trailer kayak can be pulled effortlessly through any dirt road or sand and is primarily aimed at cyclists who are more likely to be off-road and need to transport their kayak over sand or gravel. As a stainless steel trailer, which (like all reacha models) can even withstand salt water, the reacha beach Weather and rust resistant and thus maintains its smooth running on any surface.
High flexibility - thanks to modular lightweight construction
Basically all of the reacha hand and bike trailer hand are geared to the needs of kayakers. Every reacha-trailer is flexibly adjustable in length and width so that thinner, smaller or medium-sized boats can be transported as well as wider, larger kayaks up to 4.5 metres (18 feet) long. In addition, the kayak trailers are reacha quick and easy to assemble and disassemble - without any tools - and easy to store.
The plug-in system made of lightweight aluminium tubes with snap locks reduces the weight to a minimum with maximum stability. With the bicycle, the manufacturers recommend a maximum load up to 35 kg - completely sufficient for any standard kayak -, but hand towed kayaks are also allowed to carry up to 60 kg on the hand trailer.
Regional production = higher costs?
First of all, all kayak trailers are pulled by reacha hand. Only with the bike connector kayakers can easily connect the trailer to their bicycle or seat post. And where most manufacturers of bicycle trailers have their products manufactured cheaply in China or other Asian countries, all aluminium components of the reacha trailers are produced regionally in Rosenheim. In this way, the founders of the company want to promote regional producers as well as avoid CO2-intensive transport and especially questionable production conditions on the other.
The plastic used is mainly from recycled material from the aircraft industry. This of course has an effect on the costs or the price. On the other hand, the products guarantee high quality and longevity, true to the motto "if you buy cheap, you buy twice". The rust-resistant reacha trailers are almost indestructible and guarantee a long life.
Undoubtedly, these bike trailers for kayaks from reacha are a real alternative: Instead of transporting the kayak (or the inflatable kayaks) by car, you connect your reacha-model to the saddle rod on the bike, jump on the saddle and drive directly to the nearest shore - without having to look for a parking space. Owners of inflatable kayaks thus have the great advantage of not having to inflate their kayak every time on site.
Especially the loading platforms adjustable in width and length are convincing in practice, as the transport area can be reduced and increased depending on the application - flexibly according to individual requirements. The entire assembly and disassembly is very simple and can be carried out without tools. Kayakers who do not live directly on the water, who can store their kayaks close to the shore and who want to transport their water sports equipment regularly to different places, will find a sustainable and regional produced companion with the reacha-models - qualitatively processed, versatile and made in Germany.
With the bicycle trailer reacha beach we offer an emission-free alternative for bringing surfboards, sails and other equipment directly to the water. With its fatbike tyres, it rides easily over sand and gravel and can also be pulled by hand if necessary.
The reacha compact with its 20-inch tyres is ideal for small or large purchases in the city or for trips into the countryside. Because this bicycle trailer transports backpacks, tents, pavilions and (or) a Weber grill with one hand. This makes it the ideal companion for bicycle tours and family outings - even over gravel and gravel.
Grab the SUP and quickly to the lake after work? For stand-up paddling enthusiasts this is not a question of wanting to, but rather a question of logistics. reacha has at least three trailers in its range with which you can take your SUP to the nearest lake at any time by hand or bicycle. We have taken a closer look at the models and explain the differences: they are less in price but more in use.