Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Recreational & Family Ride just to ride? Have a family and want to get them into cycling? Drop in here to discuss recreational and family cycling issues.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-07-07, 04:37 PM   #1
Babeli
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Doggie Sidecar out of PVC pipe?

Hi all,

My dog, Fernando, is a well behaved 50 pound German Shep/Chow mix who LOVES to ride in my parent's car. I of course am carless, so I'd like to attach some sort of side car to my bike so he can ride along with me. Just short distances like around the park for a bit. (I'd prefer a sidecar to a pull trailer because I'd like to be able to keep an eye on him and try to recreate the feel of being a car passenger for him.)

I came across this site that sells plans to make quadracycles strictly from PVC pipe:
http://www.americanspeedster.com/

This lead me to believe PVC pipe is quite strong if it can support two full grown men. I came across another site about how to make a surfboard rack on your bike out of PVC pipe:
http://www.rodndtube.com/surf/info/s...boardRack.html

This is where I got the idea of a PVC Sidecar. Any thoughts on if trying to make this is plausible? I am hoping to do this with PVC pipe mostly because I hear it's quite cheap and I have no welding equipment/experience whatsover...Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Even suggestions on something I could buy inexpensively that fits the sidecar criteria. (I don't like those Chariot sidecars, as they seem too skinny for Fernando) Here are some photos I found of bicycle sidecars made for human passengers to see how they are attached.

FYI: I own just a standard woman's mountain bike from Walmart (26" wheels I think), I'm 120 pounds, and Fernando is 50 pounds.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg franksidecarF.jpg (76.2 KB, 46 views)
File Type: jpg sidecar.jpg (16.6 KB, 34 views)
File Type: jpg silverhauler2.jpg (78.8 KB, 37 views)
Babeli is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-07, 09:08 PM   #2
mirage1
Bossy Bunny
 
mirage1's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: The Valley of the Sun
Bikes: A comfy little Diamond Wildwood
Posts: 359
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You might get more response in another forum... maybe Bike Mechanics or Living Car Free? Especially in LCF they seem to be pretty creative with ideas for how to manage sans car, obviously!
__________________
Margie

"Assume a virtue, if you have it not." ~ William Shakespeare

This advice is the reason I'm masquerading as an athletic person.
mirage1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-07, 07:46 PM   #3
76mark
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 45
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I wouldn't go with PVC unless you don't like your dog Seriously though, I've broken PVC with minor impcats in the past.

Mark
76mark is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:04 PM.