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Old 05-13-14, 09:49 PM   #26
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Thanks! We ordered it from McMaster Carr. So it's working great! Just like new! I am going to try to keep it out of the sun when we aren't using it and keep a coat of ArmorAll on it so it doesn't dry out. Probably not necessary but better safe than sorry.
Cool. I don't have a bugger, but my brother does. I think my sister-in-law still uses it to pick up groceries. No doubt this will help with the inevitable hitch maintenance.
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Old 05-14-14, 07:03 AM   #27
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Cool. I don't have a bugger, but my brother does. I think my sister-in-law still uses it to pick up groceries. No doubt this will help with the inevitable hitch maintenance.
Sounds good! Let me know if you need more detailed instructions. BTW, a 12x12 block of rubber allows you to make three new hitches. We ordered that size because the next size down would have been to small to make one. There is a very slim chance that we could cut two more and sell them to two bugger owners in need. Keep in mind that you would have to supply the original hardware or find new hardware. And I don't know if it matters or not but the photo shows our bugger that we made the replacement for. So I don't know if it would work with other versions.

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Old 07-07-15, 12:58 AM   #28
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Bugger purchased in 1972. Wanting to use with grandchildren, hitch is broken. Can't find replacement part.

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Old 07-13-15, 05:41 PM   #29
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Thanks for the very nice solution

I am also looking to rebuild my hitch. Purchased a Bugger in 1986 for $175 and this is the second hitch.
I am wondering if polycarbonate (see post above) would offer a stronger more durable option than neoprene rubber?
And did you use 2 inch block?
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Old 07-20-15, 12:01 PM   #30
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I have been in love with buggers since I bought my 1st used bugger (with broken hitch) in 1980. What a wonderful design; I do not think anyone has improved upon it since. I have bought all the buggers I have had an opportunity to buy in the Chicago area since 1980. I bought a new-in-box bugger that I had shipped to me. I still have that original broken hitch, which I have shortened and reshaped; it still works. I have also made Polycarbonate hitches that work well. And I have made pull handles for when I use buggers as hand carts. The 1st link has illustrations of new and used buggers, of original bugger literature, of hitches and handles I have made. Feel free to copy my designs. The 2nd link has illustrations of another bugger I rebuilt for a special purpose. There is other information on these pages so you will have to scroll through until you get to the buggers. BTW, the lead photo on the 2nd web page was made with the aid of a bugger. I had to haul photo gear about a mile to get to the location where I made that photo.

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I am also looking to rebuild my hitch. Purchased a Bugger in 1986 for $175 and this is the second hitch.
I am wondering if polycarbonate (see post above) would offer a stronger more durable option than neoprene rubber?
And did you use 2 inch block?
Thanks,
JD
Whatever you end up using, it needs to have some flexibility since (1)seat posts are not perfectly vertical, (2)your bike could fall over and possibly crack or shatter polycarbonate, (3)as you make turns, the hitch also needs to flex. Of course, if that is not how your bugger attaches to your bike then you might be ok. I've been pulling the bugger now for over a year and the rubber replacement hitch is holding up just fine.
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What year is that Bugger? It had to be one of the first ones as later models looked a whole lot different.
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