The purpose of this project is to build a multi-purpose bicycle. I want a bike that looks good, can be ridden easily, and can pull a trailer that will carry my bari sax around campus (it's case is almost 4 feet long). The bike will have whitewall tires, be painted another color (to be decided), will have my vintage bendix 2-speed kickback hub laced into the back rim, and several other modifications. I also have some springer forks that I'm going to try and save from their rustiness. One way or another, this bike will have springers. I'm also considering a banana seat and high back sissy bar. This bike is not just a utility bike, but also a classic cruiser. I am building the trailer specifically to haul my very heavy saxophone around campus. I'll keep this updated as I go the best I can. I have built choppers, cruisers, and several other kinds of bikes, this one will be a change of pace, I'm not building the frame from scratch
Here's the core of the project, a cruiser style bicycle that I grabbed at Joe's Sporting Goods for $60, on sale from almost $120. It has an aluminum frame and rims, and I like the shape of the frame. It will be media blasted and re-painted.
The part of the build that I am focusing on right now is the trailer. So far, I have the hitch almost done. I took the idea of using an air coupling, and tried to improve on it. I found a piece of aluminum in the shed, and made a bracket out of it that fits the frame, bought a connector and caster from harbor freight for about $5 total, and riveted the caster to the plate. I had rivets, and no bolts. I think it will work well, nothing to shake loose. This design will use 4 hose clamps to hold it on the bike, not 2. This bracket will be painted satin black. The bolt that hold the connector is temporary, it's all I had in the garage that was long enough.
Total cost so far: $65 including the bike. Woot!