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Old 06-09-11, 04:26 PM
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Need to pick your brains for hitch solutions

Hey there,

I need some ideas from the resourceful community here.

I just got a Sun Atlas Cargo bike. The rear end is designed to be xtracycle compatible. My goal is to be able to either:

a. mount a peapod child seat to the rear rack, and pull my Burley Nomad cargo trailer


b. carry the cargo on the bike with some freeloaders, and pull my Baby Jogger Tailwind trailer with my daughter in it.

Thinking about it, I probably prefer my daughter in the trailer...probably a slight safety edge there as you can't fall as you can if I dump the bike someday.

Anyway, either solution requires me hauling a trailer. My issue is that the Sun has a heavy duty 14mm rear axle. This poses a problem, since bike trailer hitches accomodate 9-10mm axles.

If you drill the hole in the OE bike hitches out, I think you might remove so much material that they wouldn't be structurally sound and may break at some point under load.

I thought about using the traditional hitch for the Burley that mounts in the rear angle of the frame, but looks like the tab for the disc mount kills that idea on the Sun. I guess you could remove that tab, but I'd hate to make a permanent destructive mod like that if I can avoid it.

Anyway, if anyone has any ideas on how to best be able to hook up my trailers with a new hitch solution or modify my current hitches, I'd appreciate it.

Since I won't likely be using wideloaders and a trailer at the same time, I thought of running a 10mm bolt the whole way through the rear most point of the frame where the wideloader bars usually mount. The hitch could then be bolted to the protruding end of the long bolt, and you could put some kind of bushings around the bolt to snug it into that hole/tube. That metal back there isn't really designed for this kind of load necessarily, so interested on opinions on this solution.

Thanks for ideas.

Here are some pics of the pertinent areas and hitches if it helps:

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How about one of these on your bottom rear cross bar.. It would work for towing a bike too..

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Consider replacing the trailer hitch with a pneumatic quick release.
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I know this is an old thread, but I came across this looking for something else.

Go to your local hardware store and buy a section of 2" wide steel strapping with the predrilled holes and a 10mm bolt/locknut at least 2" long with some flat washers. Cut two section about 4-5" each and run the bolt through the center holes. Place this in that little triangle are right behind your rear axle and with the trailer hitch on there, tighten everything down. THe steel straps will sandwich the tubes of the bike frame and hold the trailer hitch in place.

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Simple solution- mount the trailer hitch at the rear tube which accepts the wideloaders. Unfortunately, you obviously cannot use wideloaders and the trailer at the same time. I've been doing this on my BD. At first, I had planned on getting a carriage bolt and washers but realized that the tube straightening tool that the BD comes with works perfectly and only takes about 30 seconds to remove if I need wideloaders.
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Try to keep the hitch point near the rear axle for better stability. The long wheelbase of the atlas might make this moot, but it never hurts to stack the odds when possible.

The burley hitch piece woe be pretty easy to duplicate in steel if you know anyone with a well equipped shop.0
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