An afterwork SUP session out on the lake? For stand-up paddling enthusiasts, it's not a question of wanting to, but rather 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.
Stand-Up paddling is basically a healthy hobby: lots of fresh air, often in the middle of nature, out by the lake, far away from the noise of civilisation, paddling comfortably without stress, or getting the heart pump going - just when coming (i.e. to the lake), it can be more harmful for your health. Carry the SUP? Bad for the back! Transport it by car? In times of Greta Thunberg? Bad for the lungs and for the environment! With public transport? Possibly, but bad for the other passengers!
Transport SUPs simply by bicycle?
So you did go by bike? After all, that would be the most climate-friendly way to ship your SUP to the lake to indulge in water sports. Even if you own a car and even if you get one of the last parking spaces at the crowded lake, the car for transporting a SUP would have to be quite big, more like a bus, or at least have a roof rack.
Even when leaving the climate topic aside: SUPs are big, the up to 14 feet long Race SUP boards are even bigger, and with a normal-sized car the transport is simply very stressful. The founders of reacha have recognized this early. They are passionate SUP fans / surfers themselves and did not feel like taking their boards to the lake or beach with kayak carts anymore, that were too small or unwieldy SUP trolley.
The solution? Wheels, bars and tyres!
They were looking for a new, useful solution, founded their own company good goods tegernsee at Tegernsee (in Bavaria) and without further ado developed one bike trailer to transport SUPs simply and quickly. Actually, the trailer also works without a bicycle, as a hand trailer. And actually, you can transport many other things with the trailer - especially other sports equipment or equipment for windsurfing or kayaking. And actually the reacha founders did not only develop one bike trailer for SUPs, but four hand or bicycle trailers: reacha SPORT compact, reacha SPORT beach, reacha SPORT street and reacha PRO.
Depending on what SUP fans value the most, where they go for water sports and what they want to transport with their bike trailer, different models come into question. In the following we point out the similarities and differences.
Common features of the SUP-bike trailer
The four models, reacha SPORT compact, reacha SPORT beach, reacha SPORT street and reacha PRO, are all suitable for transporting stand-up paddles (SUP) and are suitable for all kinds of water sports or outdoor activities. This is because all hand and bicycle trailers are characterised by stable aluminium frames and various tyres that can take on all road surfaces. With the specially developed bike connector each model can be quickly and easily connected to any standard bicycle - whether mountain bike, touring bike, racing bike or e-bike.
But if you are already pedalling your bike for the sake of the environment, then the question naturally arises where the textile loading areas and the aluminium frame actually come from and especially: are the materials produced sustainably (and regionally)? First of all, the reacha founders decided to keep the use of plastic to a minimum. All plastic parts used are made of injected carbon, which is mainly made of recycled material from the aircraft industry.
The first prototype was even made from old bicycle tires from the scrap yard and was assembled from a used wooden frame and an old windsurfing boom. From this prototype we developed the first bike trailer of reacha - the reacha DIY, Suitable for all those who want to "upcycle" their old bicycle tyres again.
Today, however, the aluminium frame is produced regionally by the surf boom manufacturer CTM in Rosenheim, which has years of experience in aluminium tube processing.
Sufficient space - even for several SUPs
And if some of the reacha-bike trailer still come without additional side loading brackets, the Bows can be retrofitted to any model at any time, so that more loading space is available. In general, the modular components are individually adjustable in length and width. This means that they bike traileroffer space for SUP boards up to 14 feet long (which corresponds to approx. 4.26 metres) and can transport up to 35 kilograms - so if necessary, several boards can be transported. The notable differences are rather in the details.