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Trailers made from scrap metal

Old 01-09-13, 01:45 PM
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Trailers made from scrap metal

a fellow on the bus yesterday had an unusual setup on the back of his bike. couldn't
quite cipher out what it was all about and he noticed me looking it over. i asked what it
was and he said a trailer hitch made from recycled metal. also said he made trailers from scrap, long 15' and 20' models that carry, he claims, 1000 pounds to 1500 pounds, depending on model. builds 'em in his back yard.

here's a thought: product liability?

website: https://www.corkin.com/listings/viewl...istingid=19017

pretty bare bones. anyway, i got to thinking about hauling heavy weights. would a tandem set of wheels disperse the weight best? i'm thinking about 4 wheels on 2 full length axles.
i'd be scared to go down a hill with a fully loaded one. it'd push you pretty hard. and i can gar-en-darn-tee ya, i couldn't make it up the first 50' of ANY hill.

his idea reminds me of tony's trailers in british columbia.
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Snowmobile trailer brakes might work, they are electrical and could be run off of small garden tractor batteries or small car batteries. Two modern sleds, plus the weight of the trailer could easily exceed 1,000lbs. Generally when towing a travel trailer, you'd want 15% of the weight on the hitch to prevent sway. That wouldn't work on a bike, but the placement of the weight on the trailer would still be critical. IE you wouldn't want to load the extreme rear of the trailer, which would tend to lift the rear of the bike. Lots more to think about, not worth the effort though.



However I still wouldn't ride downhill pulling it. Rent a small truck.
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However I still wouldn't ride downhill pulling it. Rent a small truck.
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This was on display at the United Nations lobby in 2011:


BICYCLE MODULES 2 by 1nterceptor, on Flickr


BICYCLE MODULES 6 by 1nterceptor, on Flickr


BICYCLE MODULES 5 by 1nterceptor, on Flickr

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This was on display at the United Nations lobby in 2011:


BICYCLE MODULES 2 by 1nterceptor, on Flickr


BICYCLE MODULES 6 by 1nterceptor, on Flickr


BICYCLE MODULES 5 by 1nterceptor, on Flickr


the trailer reminds me of the mormon emigration handcarts. the handcarts had 2 shafts with a crosspiece to lean forward and hold onto:
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