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Old 07-01-2013, 12:08 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by bobo333 View Post
My main idea to try next is a set of rear stays from a junk bike cut up and mounted backwards with the hitch where the seat tube normally would join on, Then i will brace it either with an old school round steel mudguard or up to the rear carrier so it doesnt move up or down, similar to how most big harley bike trailers are hitched and the same as car hitches (in the middle of the bike at or below axle line)
Similar to Surly Bikes hitches, except they retain the LH side hitch only.

Bill the Trailer | Bikes | Surly Bikes

But the Surly method still mounts off the bike's rear axle, so you'd need to replace the QR with a longer one, or replace the rear axle with a solid axle.

Disregarding the hitch location for a moment, please consider lengthening your trailer's tongue, whatever hitch location you employ. The longer the tongue, the less it negatively effects the bike's handling. Too long and it becomes awkward to navigate tight corners and complicates parking choices. About 18-25" (475-635mm) measured from the leading edge of the bed to the hitch. Also figure on 8-10% tongue weight. (example - if your gross (loaded) trailer weight is, say, 120 lbs, then shoot for approx. 10-12 lbs tongue weight (at the hitch).

Last edited by Kenny; 07-01-2013 at 12:16 PM..
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