Wandertec, a leading online retailer promoting products for everyday bicycling, has announced a new bike trailer aimed at urban and suburban cyclists wanting to reduce or eliminate the use of the family car.
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.
The initial funding for the Tuba is being provided by backers on Kickstarter. In a video on the Kickstarter project page, Wandertec president, Josh Lipton asks, “Where is the trailer for the minivan lifestyle — but without the minivan?”
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 Kickstarter project page for the Wandertec Tuba can be accessed at http://tinyurl.com/