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Old 11-25-2007, 10:13 PM   #134 (permalink)
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07-22-2006, 08:55 Pm

Made the frame for my bike trailer today. The plan is it will eventually become an electric pusher trailer.

It's bigger than the one in the pic above - partly because the motor I have is about 5x the size of the one shown, and partly because I want to be able to carry more stuff than you can fit in the little bin on that one.

But it's smaller than those kid-towing trailers you often see around. When it's totally finished, the frame will fit something about the size of a full size cooler ... and an electric motor.

Just have to figure out how the hitch will work. And what kind of material to use for the "bed". I don't want to use diamond plate due to the added weight and expense. This is another ForkenSwift approach: cheap, cheap, and, oh yes, cheap.

My expenses so far: $7.50 for a rusty kids bike - for the wheels & dropouts; $10 for 20 feet of electrical conduit for the frame; not counted: oxy-acetylene & 2 brazing rods; misc bits & pieces out of Ivan's parts bin).

Anyone have any ideas what I could use for the bed that's cheap (or free) & light? Some kind of thick plastic? Something fiberglass? Some kind of sturdy metal grid/mesh? Hmmm...
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