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Old 02-10-12, 06:23 AM   #1
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Where should i put the attachment for the trailor?

Hi i have an ebike and now that i have had the motor replaced there is no space for the attachment for the trailor. It is one of those circular tube things that the trailor slots into then a pin keeps it in place. There is not enoug room via the nut/bolt that you can see so has anyone got any suggestions?
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Attach the trailer hitch to the seat post to solve your problem.
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A Burly Trailer had a hitch that clamped across the left, rear Triangle.
its largely nylon and a long screw secures it towards the back.

The new owners of the brand ship the one held by the nut,and have the other
as an aftermarket item. i think, havent looked at current catalog ..

But yea seat post mount cures a lot of issues.
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make a small plate to mount between your chain stay and seat stay, and have a extra bolt in middle to attach the trailer too. or same thing but have the bolt positioned lower than the chain stay
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Hi the arm of the trailor only goes to one side of the bike. The part i have in the photo. There is no way to attach to the seat area as the lithum battery is there.

fietsbob-sorry i don't know what those things are that you mentioned.

katcorot-i googled and found out what a chain stay is but i don't think i have the other thing. This bike is a bit different. W@ill have to photograph the bike to show what i mean.
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fietsbob is talking about this trailer hitch: the Burley Trailer Classic Hitch, which I happen to agree is probably your best solution. I've never used one (I've only used the Burley Forged Hitch), so I'm not sure if you'll need a flex connector (round or square).
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Oh ok i didn't know about that. I don't think that is for my type of trailor. The thing that the trailor attaches to is nothing like mine
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Oh ok i didn't know about that. I don't think that is for my type of trailor. The thing that the trailor attaches to is nothing like mine
Yes, we understand, but you're going to either have to make up a plate to mount the hitch plate you have now, bolt it to those 2 fender/rack mounting hole in your picture, or modify the trailer arm you have now to work with the Burley hitch.

Or something else.
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Oh so mine is called a burley hitch ok. Didn't know what it was called. OK yeah i have a few ideas now after seeing the pictures of what you posted. I am thinking of a plate across with a bolt the size of the one that goes through the back wheel then attach the hitch to that....
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Oh so mine is called a burley hitch ok. Didn't know what it was called. OK yeah i have a few ideas now after seeing the pictures of what you posted. I am thinking of a plate across with a bolt the size of the one that goes through the back wheel then attach the hitch to that....
Eh, I'm not sure what your hitch is called. I got the idea from a quick read of your original post that it was something else.

I thought it was something like this.
http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Cyclin...itch-block.jsp

A picture is definitely called for.
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Oh so mine is called a burley hitch ok. Didn't know what it was called. OK yeah i have a few ideas now after seeing the pictures of what you posted. I am thinking of a plate across with a bolt the size of the one that goes through the back wheel then attach the hitch to that....
Instead of doing this try to find a kickstand with this sort of atatchment. I use the type with three screws going trough to hold it in place. Drill out the one in the middle and put whatever you choose here instead on the axel.

http://www.amazon.com/Greenfield-SKS...ef=pd_sim_sg_1
Difficult to find a good example online in a hurry but yoy should get it from ths picture. A steel one that is not as adjustable as this one would be quite rigid.

Put some pieces of rubber or leather under it to protect your frame.
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Hi ok the thing that goes onto the bike whatever that is called is at the bike store. So i can't post a pic. Here though are the pics i sent to the bike store to see if he can come up with something. I can't get the bike and the trailor to the store at the same time as i have no way to attach the trailor plus i don't own a car!

Nope that is not the right attachment...it is a round tube thing with a hole or you put the trailor end into the the tube then a pin goes into the tube and trailor end.



I don't understand that kickstand i am afraid. I use a centre stand for this bike. Sorry i don't understand!
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Do not worry, we have all been there!

Let me try again. You wrote this earlyer: "I am thinking of a plate across with a bolt the size of the one that goes through the back wheel then attach the hitch to that....".

What I suggested is: Instead of making a plate across with a bolt the size of the wheel axel you could buy (unless you already own one) a kickstand for the rear. If you already use a centre stand (I use a two legged centerstand on most of my bikes) you can cut the kickstand legg off, what you realy want is the "clamp" that atatces the kickstand to the bike.

Found one here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/GREENFIELD-ALLOY-BICYCLE-BIKE-REAR-KICKSTAND-VIDEO-/270597421144?

If you can imagine using only the clamp, not the kickstand that he mouned to the clamp in the begining of the wideo and drilling a hole trough it to atach your 10mm bolt. Personally I would not buy this exact kickstand since the top of the clamp is not shaped to "hug" the seatstay (the small tube going from your wheel bolt up to where the seatpost enters the seattube).

I am sure I have more than one bike like this but I fear it is in the basement for the winter so pictures could be difficult. I`ll try tomorrow.

Edit: this one is slightly better. Three bolts going trough the "clamp". Drill out the middle bolt and replace it with a 10mm bolt with one washer on each side plus a nut of course.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/M-T-B-Kickst...item4ceea6fb4f

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Yeah i don't have anything at present. I do have a rear kickstand that used to be on the bike when i bought it but i got the centre one because of the lead acid system i had on the bike before....such a long awful story. Anyway the centre stand was ok but it had to have a spacer,,,,now thats off because they forgot to put it back on when i was upgraded to a lithium system....geez this has all cost me too much money!
Thanks for the video but i am wayyyy beyond my budget and that stand is in the us and we don't get much here in Australia. Would just cost too much to get something outside of australia. Whatever i do i will have to build it myself or get from a junk place.
Thanks though....will have to theorise some more and also get a chance to talk properly to the bike store guy as i need the spacer for the present stand as the chain is rubbing against the stand when folded/riding. Ah i know i was going to bring up something else but i am tired and i forgot:
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Oh yeah now i remember the frame is very thick compared to usual bikes....so the part your talking about might not fit this bike...the one in the link i mean....ah well as you said you don't recommend that one anyway but the area of the bike i was talking about is that part so you picked up correctly what i meant!
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some MTB`s have seryusely oversized tubing so I know you can get many sizes. I am not in the US of A and not in australia but I can buy them locally and so can you - or be lucky and find a used one. Sure the one on the bike can not be used? Forgot about the picture today as I am up to my neck in rebuilding my kitchen. Maybe tomorrow. Hope you find a solution anyway.
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You need a part called an Instep/Schwinn trailer coupler. It has one hole that goes over the axle and is secured by the axle nut and a socket your trailer tube goes in and is held by a pin with a spring lock. If you are saying your axle is too short you could get a longer one or adjust your hub so there are more axle threads sticking out on the left.
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Check out the trailer hitches for Bikes At Work trailers. Rugged and looks like it won't get in your way.



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Hi Badmother what is an mtb? Thats ok i am rather busy myself :0)

Mauriceloridans-yeah the axle is too short and can't be extended....it was a very complicated thing that happened to the bike. I don't know enough to explain all the stuff that has been done to this bike since i have had it and don't know enough terminology. Money is also not on my side so not going to spend huge amounts on the bike when it has cost me a fortune already.

Artkansas- sorry i don't know what i am looking at in that picture but you did give me a few ideas :0) as to what to possibly do :0)
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mtb = mountainbike

What Artkansas is showing you is a trailer hitch made by the company "Bike at work". Click the link in his post under the picture.

As you can see the hitch is clamped to the frame and no need for the axel.
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mtb = mountainbike

What Artkansas is showing you is a trailer hitch made by the company "Bike at work". Click the link in his post under the picture.

As you can see the hitch is clamped to the frame and no need for the axle.
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You can either buy the hitch from them, it's rated to 500 lbs. Or use it as a pattern to make your own hitch mounted to the frame and not the axle.
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Ah i always wondered what mtb was....thanks mother :0)
Yeah i looked at the picture and i can't figure out what i am seeing.

Artkansas-yes i want to build something myself. i know i am taking ages but i am trying to solve several things with this bike at the same time and other stuff :0)
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So I finally managed to pull out two bikes that has different systems that you could use (had forgotten about one of them).

First the yellow Scott mtb with the kickstand system I tryed to explain to you:
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That post was confusing. Text and pictures all ower the place. Lets try the next bike. A folder with FAT chainstays (like on your bike) so I am thinking maybe you can use the same system. You need a "ahead stem" and then you butcher it. The part that normally clamps onto the bars is clamped around your chainstay. Two screws so should be easy. Remember to put a piece of old tube, leather or similar in between to protect the bike. Cut it of in the desired lenght and cut out to give place for the part that is atached to the trailer. Drill a hole trough and lock it with a bolt or similar.
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Bike Friday, for their trailers, Adopted a common Industrial Air powered tool Quick disconnect.

you fabricate a way to mount the Male end [its usually on the tool being used]

then the female end is connected to a section of hose,
which then you attach to the tow bar of your trailer ..
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