Trailer from scrounged shopping cart

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  1. maniac57

    maniac57 Old, Fat, and still faster than you

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    Heres what I'm thinking...
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    This looks more balanced for heavy stuff...
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    I'm leaning towards the second layoutwith 20" wheels mostly because I have two forks I can use to mount the wheels properly. I'll just weld the fork to the cart.
     
  2. KCvale

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    hahaha, cool ;-}
     
  3. wheelbender6

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    I like it. It lets your cargo breathe.
     
  4. dodge dude94

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    I think the 20 inchers would do just fine. Less rolling resistance and unsprung weight too, me thinks.
     
  5. bill2781

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    I like that that's a prity cool idea. thanks for sharing it with us
     
  6. dumpstercrusher

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    cool, lets see this thing in action after ur finished
     
  7. xseler

    xseler Well-Known Member

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    Those old shopping carts also make a pretty good makeshift charcoal grill when you turn 'em on their side...........lol!
     
  8. KCvale

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    One note is that will be heavy trailer empty.
    Good for not tipping over but you best make sure you have really good bike brakes if not trailer brakes if you plan to load it, really, ever been pushed through a red light intersection jackknifing in a 2 1/2 ton truck towing a 4K pound fork lift when it's surge brake failed?
    No fun, and it would be less fun on a bicycle because the trailer would just keep going and take your bike for the ride.

    (after a few moments of thought)

    I can't think of any reasonably priced way to put brakes on that trailer, not if you want to un-hook it often, sorry, but just consider how you are going to stop the thing in your plans as it would be a bummer to wreck with a load behind you ;-}
     
  9. Kioshk

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    And what child wouldn't enjoy the rush of riding in that kiddy-seat?
     
  10. maniac57

    maniac57 Old, Fat, and still faster than you

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    I've pulled a trailer before. All it takes is some common sense about speed and stopping distance. And it's surprisingly light so far. I'd guess about 15-20 lbs.
    No problem with my brakes. I can lock the rear wheel at full speed sitting on the seat and I weigh 250lbs.
    As far as a child seat...I'm thinking about building a rail setup for using it to tow another motorbike sometimes and building a removable seat for it to be used as a people hauler also. I have several people interested in a trailer that can haul adult people, so its worth looking into.
     
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  11. 2door

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    Here's my grocery cart hauler. Won't hold much more than a six pack of Coronas, but who needs anything else?

    Tom
     

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  12. dodge dude94

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    I'm interested in the payload capacity. It would be fun, I think to start making these bikes pull some serious loads. :D
     
  13. maniac57

    maniac57 Old, Fat, and still faster than you

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    I figure 100-150 lbs should be doable without too much problem here where I live. (flat)
    I have a customer who wants to taxi people from parking to the forum for NBA games and wants me to build him a trailer to tow with the motorbike I built him.
    Maybe sacrifice some top end with a 50 tooth rear sprocket.
     
  14. dodge dude94

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    That's not bad if you can manage that. Anything more and you'd need more engine and braking capacity. A medium-sized 4 stroke might be good for that.
     
  15. maniac57

    maniac57 Old, Fat, and still faster than you

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    Yeah. He wants to pull two adults and I'm not feeling the HT doing this very well...unless its geared to climb trees, but its worth investigating if I get orders for the trailers. They use bicycles to transport people all over the world, why not here too?
     
  16. dodge dude94

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    Two adults just at a light 150lbs is still 300lbs, plus trailer, plus operator weight, plus bike weight.
    You're looking at, what, close to 600lbs? 550? lol
    HT ain't gonna do it well at all me thinks.
     
  17. mapbike

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    I like I like Tom.............!

    I bet I could get a 6pk of Miller 64's and a 6pk of Redds Apple Ale in that cart...LOL! dance1

    Speaking of Miller 64's the one I just had sure was good.... 93 in the shade here in central Texas today so a cold one was really good when I got home from a ride to town today.

    By the way that is a very nice clean looking bike you have there Tom, really nice!
     
  18. 2door

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    Shan,
    Sent you a PM about that bike. Enjoy.

    Tom
     
  19. Kioshk

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    Well, how about a second six-pack?
     
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    Oop! Sorry MapBike, you beat me to it! :rolleyes:
     

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