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Old 06-18-19, 05:11 PM
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Bike trailer ??

Shopping bike trailers
Need for hauling about 75 lbs fish & gear.
Decent roads, Mostly paved, some gravel sections.

Found this one (lightest I found, 22 lbs) ? :


https://www.aosom.com/item/aosom-wan...h~B4-0008.html
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Old 06-18-19, 05:23 PM
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Another one, much lighter
https://www.burley.com/product/flatbed/
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Old 06-18-19, 05:39 PM
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Cycletote is sturdier with a welded frame.
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Mine has a welded steel frame, and 5ins of suspension travel (fully compressed by a set of car wheels here). It's a bit large, at 3ft X 6ft, but very handy. Solid tyres, too.

The case for making your own is strong, if you're savvy with scrap parts.



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Originally Posted by MikeyMK View Post
...5ins of suspension travel...
Suspension travel on your trailer? Care to post up any pics?


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Have you thought at all about a single wheel trailer?
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Old 06-18-19, 08:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Kedosto View Post
Suspension travel on your trailer? Care to post up any pics?


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Yeah I first made it for the Avenir Cleveland child's trailer several years ago. Used to take my daughter to nursery, it was too bumpy for her as standard. I made a pair of simple scissor springs out of alloy. You'd think they'd snap but they're still good.

At first this made the trailer far too high, so I had to mount the wheels on drop links. All in alloy..

Before


After


She loved it but got too big for it, so I put her on the back of a mountain bike..



Then I made a SWB tandem, now 8yo she travels on the back of this..



So with no need for it anymore, it came to making the big cargo trailer. I whipped the springs off the little one's frame, added some hefty barrow wheels I'd used briefly on hers, and transferred it all over...





It takes all my bodyweight to get it on the bump stops, then releases back to about 5.5ins.

I painted a sheet of cardboard with fibreglass resin, and that's done as a floor, but it's cracking up after a bit of graft. It needs a proper box really, but I don't have the room to store it unless it's flat.
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Originally Posted by MikeyMK View Post
Mine has a welded steel frame, and 5ins of suspension travel (fully compressed by a set of car wheels here). It's a bit large, at 3ft X 6ft, but very handy. Solid tyres, too.

The case for making your own is strong, if you're savvy with scrap parts.



I do a lot with kid's trailers. The only issue is that the foot area tends to hang down too far.

I do have a heavy duty homemade trailer that I use for big stuff, but generally wouldn't use it for the fishing trails.



I have a couple of different kid's trailers. The one above has the single sided wheel, and I'd consider it as light-duty.

I very much prefer the wrap-around frame and quick release wheels.

Hitches vary. The Burleys have good hitches. I'm not so excited about the typical spring hinges. And, anything that clamps to the chainstays will eventually wear through the paint.

I was worried about clamping under a quick release skewer, but so far I haven't had any problems. Perhaps I should bring a spare with me.

One of my favorite trailers is an older Schwinn/Instep version with the wrap around frame, welded steel or Aluminum, although I've got the trailer accidentally separated from me at the moment. I'll have one back in use shortly.

These Bike Friday Cargo trailers pop up every once in a while, and would make a good small utility trailer. The hitch is a airhose socket. Bike Friday does sell the adapters if not included.

https://eugene.craigslist.org/bop/d/...886617196.html



If you are doing any dirt trails, then consider a one-wheel trailer like the BOB trailers. A few different varieties are available.

https://bend.craigslist.org/bik/d/be...910074237.html



But, for general utility hauling, I've done well with two wheel trailers.
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
Have you thought at all about a single wheel trailer?
Bike shop here had CohoXC $449
Like the kick stand, keeps trailer & bike upright.
way more spendy than in budget.
Shop could order but
Shipping to AK , for flatbed $100
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sockeyes running now , not Coho
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Homemade one ?


have an old canoe trailer.
Trying to modify
how long of a tongue?
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The Coho is pretty much the most expensive thing out there, though. Seems to be quite a few in the $100-120 range, but I cannot speak to their quality. There are also a whole lot of instructables out there, people seem to build these themselves an awful lot.
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It works

Gonna need a test
But it works ok
rode around a bit,
turns ok
tracks ok
need to watch the load balance
Just a little tongue weight, too much flips to bike.


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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
I do a lot with kid's trailers. The only issue is that the foot area tends to hang down too far.
I didn't like the idea of a soft footwell for carrying her, so i bought one with a blow-moulded polymer tub..



Hitches vary.
Mostly useless, damaging and unreliable. Like you say.

Mine is based on a read MTB suspension damper, with rubber blocks either side of the piston. This reduces snatch and fatigue. That's on the hitch trailer. It turns infinately, so no worries with laying the bike down.
Bolted to the bike is a swivel coaster with the wheel removed. A quick-pin joins them. Infinite up/down movement on the bearings allows me to go down a flight of stairs (but for the new trailer's overhang!). I can turn the bike around at jackknife degrees, too.

Damper cylinder..


Fitted to cro-mo trailer arm..


The hitch isn't pretty but there's a lot of other things going on there (torque arm, brake carrier, rack and fender braces)..

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