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Sidecar Bike – How does it work?

A sidecar bike is a great way of extending the capabilities of your bicycle. By having a sidecar, you can easily transport cargo that is simply too large for panniers and racks. But have you ever wondered how a sidecar bike works? It seems like a miracle that it is able to stay attached without causing the bike to tip over. However, there are two simple methods which are used to keep everything balanced- sidecar lead, and toe-in. In this article, we’ll explain just how a sidecar bike works, so you won’t be left wondering anymore.

KP Cykler sidecar bike

The “sidecar lead” refers to the horizontal distance between the rear wheel of the bike, and the rear wheel of the sidecar. The greater this distance, the less of a risk there is of the bike and sidecar tipping over. However, a bigger sidecar lead will also cause the sidecar’s tires to wear out more quickly, so it’s important to get the sidecar lead just right.

KP Cykler Sidecar Bike Lead

The other way that a sidecar bike stays balanced is known as “toe in”. The weight of the sidecar means that the bike will be constantly pulled towards it- something that could pose a big problem if it isn’t dealt with. To counteract this, the sidecar will typically be tilted slightly towards the bike itself. The bigger the sidecar, the more toe in is required, both due to the increased weight and because of the wind resistance that could knock the bike off balance.

KP Cykler Sidecar Bike Toe In

As you can see, it requires a lot of skill to get the balance just right. We’ve worked hard to ensure that every measurement on our sidecar bikes is just right, so that you can be sure of a safe journey, every time.

Motorcycle sidecar setup: http://www.steves-workshop.co.uk/vehicles/bmw/sidecar/sidecaradjustment/sidecaradjustment.html

Our Sidecar Bike: http://kpcyclery.com/product/the-sidecar-bike-by-kp-cykler/

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First Blog Post

Our good fans of KP Cykler,

We are happy to tell you that we’re opening a blog on our site. We will be posting 2 posts a week on the following subjects:

  • Bicycle Geekery – design, building, and maintenance principles. From sidecar geometry to avoiding punctures.
  • Bike Culture – note-worthy developments in the bike world.
  • KP Cykler Daily – no, we will not be posting daily – the word daily refers to our everyday happenings at KP Cykler. You can expect new product development updates, news from events we’re attending, and other everyday updates.
  • KP Cykler Friends – here we will introduce our most interesting friends around the world who are contributing to the world of bicycles.

We hope you will find our writings interesting – please let us know if there is something specific you would like to read about. Subscribe to the blog on the right receive notifications as soon as something fresh has landed.

Much love,

Kaspar