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Bike Carriers for Recumbent Bike and Recumbent Trike Carried on Yakima Rack and Roll Trailer

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My wife and I own a 2017 Yakima Rack and Roll 66 bicycle trailer. I ride an I.C.E. VTX trike. My wife rides a Bacchetta Strada and tows a Burley tag-along for our dog. 1. For my I.C.E. VTX Trike I need: a. Two maybe three bike trays without a fork mount no wheels will be removed when mounted on the trailer b. Three ratcheting wheel straps c. One cable lock 2. For my wife’s Bacchetta she needs: a. One bike tray with a lockable fork mount. I will remove the front wheel during transport b. One wheel fork c. Two ratcheting wheel straps d. One cable lock 3. For the Burley tag-along we need: a. Two bike trays without a fork mount no wheels will be removed when mounted on the trailer b. Two ratcheting wheel straps c. One cable lock We live in Buckeye, Arizona, and visit San Diego, California frequently. Can you point us in the right direction? Regards,

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The total weight capacity of the Yakima 66-Inch Rack and Roll Trailer # Y08106 is 250-lbs and this is enough for the combined weight of your various bikes and carriers. The I.C.E. VTX recumbent trike has a base weight of 29-lbs and up, depending on options. The Bacchetta Strada weighs 28-lbs without pedals. The Burley Tail Wagon pet trailer weighs 23-1/2-lbs. So in all, the three "vehicles" weigh about 80-lbs total, well within the trailer capacity.

For the Strada I suggest the Yakima Boa fork-mount carrier # Y02065. This can be equipped with lock cores using part # Y07202 that will lock the fork to the block and lock the wheel tray to the crossbar.

For the VTX the solution I suggest is to use three each of the Yakima wheel tray and wheel strap, tray part # Y8820126 and strap part # Y8820111. This is a cost-effective option for transporting the wheels-on VTX. The Burley dog carrier can use the same set-up.

Cable locks are available in various grades and lengths. The # e98891 is inexpensive and offers a 10-foot length. In contrast, 6-foot Master Lock Quantum 30 Armored Steel Cable Lock # 8218DPS is much heavier and a far better theft deterrent. Simply search on "cable lock" to see all options.

The Yakima Cable Lock # Y07238 can be fitted with the same lock cores as the bike wheel trays and fork block. If you want to go this route for convenience use a larger-quantity lock core kit like the 8-piece # Y07208. This way one key works everything.

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