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Old 02-13-13, 05:03 PM   #1
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Anyone towing a trailer with a Nexus/Alfine 8 bike? Hitch attached to the axle?

I'd want to be able to pull my homemade trailer with my Nexus 8 equipped hybrid. The hitch uses a 1/8" plate held against the left dropout by the axle nut. But since this hub uses thick anti rotation washers, the plate will sit on the washer rather than on the dropout. Could there be any issues with that (like a bent axle, etc.)? Would it be better to make a new hitch plate to attach to the chainstay and seatstay (this is a steel frame, my trailer is fairly heavy and I carry 30/40 k on it often)?
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All depends on the amount of extra Axle on the left side.. You can Combine a thinner base under the nut
but stiffen it up as the bottom a tube and then the hitch , say like A Universal joint
[ala, ends of the drive shaft on a rear drive front engine car.. are flexible in several planes.]
... attached to the tube .. (just have to be able to put a socket wrench on the nut to pull the wheel.. )
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