AnswerID: 116407 Submitted: Sunday, Jun 19, 2005 at 19:13
Member - Pesty (SA)
I have had these plastic wheels before, and I wouldnt be relying on them for remote work, or any work with 1/4 that weight.
1) the brgs are not sealed and will get sand in quickly and chop out, as they are only roller brgs not tapered wheel brgs.
2) the sides of these plastic rims folds down easy especially if the weather warms up, and then the tyres fall off and blows the tube, there is nothing you can do to fix it, they are only made for wheel barrows
3) the bike will struggle to pull any part of that load on a skid, you will have to leave it behind and retrieve it later if it breaks down.
My suggestion is to go and buy 2 wheels the same as what you have but with steel centres and take the 2 plastic ones as emergency spares, will be 60 - 80 bucks well spent, but you will still have brg problem!
It looks to me to be overloaded for this type of wheel, but hard to tell from pic.
I would have used a pair of tyres and wheels the same as on the bike for sand floatation as these wheel barrow wheels will bog in very easy.
Hope you have a great time in this great part of our state, but I have some real concerns with your choice of wheels and tyres for your trek, do you have time to modify this setup? hope so.
Cheers for now
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FollowupID: 371935 Submitted:
Sunday, Jun 19, 2005 at 21:13
Bega Photographer posted:
It's not only the time factor but the dollar factor.
Everything thing you say rings true and I'm afraid that in a month's time I'll be posting to say you were right (and David as well). But in the mean time I'll just have to try to keep out of the sand with the trailer, leaving it behind when I come to the sandy country. I can quite safely go 20 or 30 kms without it.
I've been on some good practice rides on forrestry roads and tracks with the trailer loaded and had no trouble. If I keep my fingers crossed and avoid the sand I hope to get away with it.
If need be I can stack the jerry cans on the front rack and the wheels on the back. It just means I can't get my camera or tripod out without a major unpack every time. There are alternatives there. I won't perrish over a blown trailer tyre or melted wheel, though it will be quite inconvenient.
I've made sure I can navigate and get out of a bog. What I have to be constantly on the lookout for is a nasty accident on steep ground such as a creek crossing
The other thing is the nights. It will be the dark of the moon. I'll be camping on my own miles
from civilization. I reckon the nights will be pretty scary with not even the glow of a campfire. Please spare me a thought around new moon. At least the stars will be brilliant.
On the website linked to below are some images from my previous trip to the Roxby Downs, Andamooka
area. I was in the car and a bit restricted. Laurie's Photos Click on the "Arid Desert" link.
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FollowupID: 371978 Submitted:
Monday, Jun 20, 2005 at 08:00
My thoughts on those narrow wheels is that they will sink almost immediately you hit the sand
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