The MONOWALKER, designed by Kai Fuchs, is a great looking wooden and aluminum bike trailer, but as you might guess from the name it is more than that. The product is primarily a single wheeled hiking trailer, but by adding another wheel and a bike drawbar, you can convert it into a cycling trailer. Watch the video on the MONOWALKER site to see it used as both a hiking and biking trailer (as well as a backpack). It looks like a pretty nice product, and the video definitely made me want to try one.
Kai points out that the trailer is ideal for:
• Hikers – who want to hike without weight on shoulders and who appreciate adventures in nature.
• Climbers - who want to bring equipment to the base camp, in order to start the tour from there
• Photographers that want to carry the equipment for outdoor purposes/ or a tent
• Parents/ Dads that want to camp with their kids but who would have too much to carry for 2-4 people- even a child carrier for kids that is usually carried on the back can be connected with the use of the hip belt
• Women that cannot carry much weight on their back.
• Youth group leader – who need to carry their personal things plus group equipment
• Disaster Control which needs to carry heavy equipment on impassable trails, and where vehicles are of no good use
• Scientists in nature who need to carry equipment on narrow trails
• Hunters that need to pull animals out of the woods
To that list I would add touring cyclists, who might want to convert the trailer and use it in hiking mode at times (as the video illustrates). It would be nice to have a way to carry all of your stuff (off the bike) on a long cycle tour.