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Bicycle Trailer Build

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by YumaTRD, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. Jul 27, 2011 at 7:52 PM
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    YumaTRD

    YumaTRD [OP] 22R...Legends never die

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    I've been wanting to build something unique and useful all summer before I head back to college but couldn't think of anything. Last Thursday my father won a Bud Light Lime bicycle from a giveaway he entered. He gave it to me since I will make good use of it during the semester. I knew that I had found my canvas to work on. With all the possibilities, I decided to build a trailer.

    The Bike
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    I found the frame of a dismantled Miller Bluestar generator welder laying around in the back of the shop I work at. It seemed like a good size to be the base for the trailer. It had a battery mount that could be useful too. So I went into designing how it would all come together.

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    I first needed wheels to know the final height of the trailer, so I bought a 5/8th rod and a set of wheels to weld on. It started to take shape.

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    Now came the tough part of designing a hitch that would keep the trailer fairly level, be secure with the trailer loaded, didn't bind when turning, cost effective and that was easily and quickly removable. I searched google and found an air coupler idea that I based my hitch off of. It would be able to pivot, remove quickly, hold strong and be fairly compact while in storage.

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    The bike hitch took me a while to create since I wanted it to be bolt on and also sturdy to hold/pull the weight of the trailer. Approximately 100+ pounds.
    This is what i came up with.

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    The trailer needed plating so i added a floor and some walls. Just enough to hold stuff since this trailer will get heavy fast, especially while carrying the battery too.

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    After that, it was off to paint. I decided to go with the color sketch of the bike.

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    A couple finishing touches....

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    the finished product
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    The test drive was good. I already bought an 12v to 120v inverter so I can power some speakers with the battery. Now I just need to build some legs and handles so I could use it as a wheelbarrow too.
     
  2. Jul 29, 2011 at 5:28 PM
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    YumaTRD

    YumaTRD [OP] 22R...Legends never die

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    added a swivel to the hitch rod to eliminate some of the binding I've been having with uneven inclines.
     
  3. Aug 2, 2011 at 11:45 PM
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    G scott04

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    Whatcha gonna do with it?

    Paint came out awesome btw :thumbsup:
     
  4. Aug 2, 2011 at 11:58 PM
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    YumaTRD

    YumaTRD [OP] 22R...Legends never die

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    Thanks!
    I tested out the battery inverter i bought with the speakers. I had them running for over two hours without the battery dying down. Thats perfect since I will be using it for music when i throw BBQs pool side at my apartment. (no 120v connections near by)
    I might use it for food or beer runs to the nearby market. other than that, its mostly for show/cruzing.
     
  5. Sep 22, 2011 at 5:52 PM
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    woods247

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    I like it. The only thing it's missing is a Jäger dispenser.:D
     
  6. Sep 22, 2011 at 8:32 PM
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    YumaTRD

    YumaTRD [OP] 22R...Legends never die

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    Haha, Thats a great idea!
    On a related note, me and Alex (Amaes) went on a Brewz cruze last month. I regret not taking the trailer because there was a lot of custom bikes out there.
    here is a link to the cruze
    http://thebrewbros.com/?p=4596
     
  7. Sep 22, 2011 at 8:54 PM
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    Yodaforce

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    Better keep an eye on that one. Someone will definately steal that! Just because it says "Bud". Lol.
     
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