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Old 12-17-08, 06:11 AM   #201
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the thing weighs a ton but it's worth it to deliver coal to all the naughty cyclists of the world [which is most of us].
I'll take a bag As I cant work on my Trailer/tent at the moment Im making a Woodgas Stove out of an old flask. Had it fired up yesterday but it didn't burn to long. I now smell like an old wood tink

Nice trailer HandsomeRyan. Are the wheels set a little further back than center? Just thinking by the time I get my trailer/tent built and loaded all up it'll probably weight a lot more than yours.

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Old 12-17-08, 12:44 PM   #202
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Are the wheels set a little further back than center?
Yes. The frame and 'body' were built separately and I think I eyeballed the measurements for that part. Since the trailer was built to be pulled once then scrapped I didn't take a lot of time or care with the design phase.

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Just thinking by the time I get my trailer/tent built and loaded all up it'll probably weight a lot more than yours.
I'll try to get an approximate weight so we can compare.
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Old 01-04-09, 08:27 PM   #203
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Cool pic!
Really make you think of absurdity in the idea that everyone should ride around in their own three ton truck...
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Old 01-06-09, 06:58 PM   #205
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Thanks. I hope my neighbor doesn't see it.
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All in all a little mobil home? Any thoughts anyone?

PS... While browsing around I found this trailer fourm and had to join. I have noted while browsing this thread that two of the members trailers combind would fall into the type of thing im trying to build Astronomerroyal & Dinges - http://picasaweb.google.com/motorcon...icycleTrailer#. Also a mention must goto Astronomerroyal about his Hitch? Seems great minds think alike mate as my Flexy joint thing is like yous

Thanks for your patience in taking time to read all my drivel

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First: For a mobile home go to thhis site: ttp://www.tonystrailers.com/nomad/ I think if you go bigger than this it is going to be heavy.

Then: could you direct us to the trailer forum?
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First: For a mobile home go to thhis site: ttp://www.tonystrailers.com/nomad/ I think if you go bigger than this it is going to be heavy.

Then: could you direct us to the trailer forum?
Yeah Iv'e seen tonystrailers. I plan to make mine of plywood with an angled frame base/edge a bit Dinges - http://picasaweb.google.com/motorcon...icycleTrailer#. I made a prototype but that angle iron was a bit heavy, I also tried the angle iron from road signs then I spotted thin angle iron in B&Q.

HEAVY!
Yeah right, lets try 66lb of deep cycle battery? To be charged by a soler panel that will cover the roof, and all thats before I get the trailer built.

As to the trailer forums? errr your reading it?

Tom

PS... Some Trailer Tent Ideas...

http://makerfaire.com/pub/e/1348

http://www.bicyclenewswire.com/index...&cid=87&id=455

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2006/...nk-for-camper/

http://www.24oranges.nl/2008/07/21/b...-house-around/
Youtube vid of above TT - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=MDmXunG1RVc

A couple of other Youtube TT's...

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=hAvHDa...eature=related
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=mWnsu4...eature=related

The possibilities and designs are endless - Set your imagination freeee
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Here's the trailer I just built up out of conduit. It's based off the design described at drumbent.com and works pretty well. I haven't tested it rigorously yet but can tell it'll do nicely for my meager needs.
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Here's the trailer I just built up out of conduit. It's based off the design described at drumbent.com and works pretty well. I haven't tested it rigorously yet but can tell it'll do nicely for my meager needs.
Nice build!
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Secon that!
Very nice but why the long towing arm?
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Really, I'm not quite sure what happened. The plans consisted primarily of pictures with no measurements so between guesstimating lengths, not knowing what would work well, and my flea-like attention span, I ended up with a long towing arm. It still pulls fine but I definitely wish it were shorter. I guess I might could cut the arm short, make a new bend, and reattach the hitch adapter, but there are oak dowels reinforcing the conduit where it is bolted together at the hitch arm and I don't want to disassemble it that much. *shrug* :-)
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Old 02-23-09, 05:22 AM   #212
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You could get a cayak to pull! I did.

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Old 03-05-09, 11:43 AM   #213
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My Trailer!

Here is the trailer that i built, it is made from .035 316 stainless steel that i scrounged from a old photo formatting machine. I made it so i can carry a Tupperware bin/ small stuff and still be manageable but it also needed to carry a 4 x 8 sheet of ply wood. I made it so that it would convert easily from a 2 x 3 foot bin to the 4 x 4 plus extension. The side rails can be removed and placed in the back creating the 4 x 4 foot platform. the front hitch mount also has a 4 foot extinction so the front of the sheet can be balanced.
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Oh how I would love a tig welder.
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AudiIsaac, that is one impressive trailer! It doesn't look home made at all, in fact it looks better quality than my store bought trailer. Top work.
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Thanks! I spent a few years working in industry honeing my skills as a welder. It took me about 70 hours to make and over half was detailing/polishing (totally unessary, but i like the filited look for stainless. I am a student at RISD in the industrial design program and would like to get involved in all sorts of designing products for bicycles. I would like to produce a small batch of these trailers out of 4130 cromo or Aluminum (to lower the cost) and sell them to fund some other ideas that i have! But dont know of a venue to sell them.
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Here's the trailer I just built up out of conduit. It's based off the design described at drumbent.com and works pretty well. I haven't tested it rigorously yet but can tell it'll do nicely for my meager needs.
Nice trailer! What did you use for the hitch mechanism?

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Here's my beta-prototype

There's an awful lot of cool looking trailers here. Here's the one I'm working on. This is the beta prototype of a trailer I'm developing to sell in the Twin Cities area (Mpls and St. Paul MN) I've been testing testing several wheels and this is the one I have on my bike at home. So far it's been working great. I designed it with the urban user in mind - the box is designed to carry 4-bags of groceries and it's made from recycled materials.
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Here's the trailer I just built up out of conduit. It's based off the design described at drumbent.com and works pretty well. I haven't tested it rigorously yet but can tell it'll do nicely for my meager needs.
Nice looking trailer, with a lovely big box to match your bike. What size are your trailer wheels - 20" ?
Also what type of clips are holding your box lid on ?

Have still to put a few finishing touches to a one wheeled job I had a mate weld up for me last weekend.
Its had a few test runs but not with any wheight in it. Also My box matches my bike - Great minds and all that

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PS....Pictures soon

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here's a more easily seen picture of the trailer i posted a little while agoDSCF0185w.jpg
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Old 03-20-09, 09:55 PM   #221
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One Wheeled Trailer

Here's those pics of my monowheel....

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An old bike with suspension on rear forks (forks were cut off and a frame made to hold box).
An old road sign for the angle iron to make frame.
Pedal arangement cut off bike (with 1 pedal left on and welded for hitch).
A large-ish strip of aluminium for mudguard

The Hitch (pedal assembly) was welded to a hinge, the hinge was reinforced with a piece of metal plate to stop it buckling. Hinge was then welded to angle iron frame.



A couple of metal rods were poked into fork stems and welded under the frame to strengthen it.



There were a few teething problems but they were soon solved after a few test runs.



You may just see in the above photo another piece of angle iron thats been added under the frame near the wheel, this is to hold a Dynamo. The dynamo will be driven by a a chain from the wheel. Hopefully if I can get the electrics sorted out it will charge a battery as I ride?



Still have to make some sort of hinge attachment for box lid (its held on with bungees at moment) - and padlock. Also another lick of paint.

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I like it - using half of a crankset for the hitch is ingenious!
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Old 03-23-09, 08:13 AM   #223
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Brilliant idea. interesting hybrid sort of hitch. Does it perform well? Torsional issues?

Recently I needed a pulley for a motorized camera dolly I'd built - found an old bottom bracket. Absolutely wonderful things.

As for dynamos, have you considered putting a hub dynamo in the trailer wheel? I had a roller dynamo on my trailer but thought I might replace it with a hub.
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My Bikes at Works trailer

55lbs of laundry

Going to the shop to get the frame assemble (same frame, but setting it up fixed gear)
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Old 03-26-09, 01:57 PM   #225
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