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Axle hitch location relative to trailer?

Old 06-14-11, 09:34 AM
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Axle hitch location relative to trailer?

I'm finally getting some time to work on my trailer project. Hitch will be a QR ball joint at the left rear dropout, about 3" offset from the centerline of the bike.

It seems to me that I should have the hitch on the centerline of the trailer so the trailer tracks to the left of the bike. Is this right or should I offset the hitch so the trailer tracks directly behind the bike?

This is probably obvious to most of you, but I have no experience with trailers except the very 1st Cannondale Bugger, 35 years ago, which mounted to the seatpost.
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Center the joint on the trailer, let the trailer track to the left. I have never felt this. The only time it causes problems is when I have to go between bollards on the MUP and take care to run the bike off to the right. On the street, it helps keep the trailer from clipping the curb, and seems to keep the drivers a bit farther than they pass with no trailer.
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