Aw, we were hoping you'd come see and test ride it (the trike, not the trailer
, but you could test that too
Maybe next time.
I've got the trailer
bed mostly tacked together, working out the wheel mounts and hitch. I decided to make the trailer
"active bed" area fully 3 feet wide, so that I can actually have both Tiny and Yogi in the single trailer
, if it's ever necessary, so for instance I could carry them both on CrazyBike2 without having to put a hitch ball on the back of one trailer
to pull the other.
(which I might do anyway, eventually).
The wheels look cambered but that's cuz they're just leaning on the frame; they won't be in the actual trailer
That also lets me carry much larger cargo if necessary--I could actually fit the SB Cruiser itself on the trailer
, if it werent' for the length. I still could, maybe, if I strapped the front wheel down just about where the ball hitch tongue is, and had the rear tires just at the back edge of the bed. It's about 4 feet long for the bed area, and another foot+ for the tongue end, not counting the actual tongue
Now I have to make and tack on the wheel support/dropout frame, which will be made from parts of my old chariot-style trailer
I used to use with DayGlo Avenger. I'll probably never use it for anythign else; it's been retired for years, and it was my first attempt at building anything that actually ended up useful but it was pretty awful. So I cut off the dropouts along with a section of chain/seatstays, on both sides, and am going to use those to build triangles that weld to the top of the sideframes of the trailer
, sticking up sorta like fenders, but not actually themselves fenders cuz they're in the center of the wheel.
That will let the wheel be mostly above the deck, to keep the deck low. The dropouts will be angled forward and down, so that bumps will tend to drive the wheel back into the dropouts if for some reason the nuts/etc are ever loose, but it wont' be that hard for me to get the wheel in or out to change it/fix flats/etc even with the trailer
I was going to use just a vertical slot dropout like on SBC, in the inner apex of the triangle, but to get the wheel in and out of that even with QR hubs I'd have to twist the wheel at an angle after getting it out of the dropout slot, and if I'm dealing with a loaded trailer
full of wiggly dog on the side of the road, that might be more than I can do, especially if it's really hot out, etc.
So, the other dropout type should be almost as strong (not quite) and still be easier to get in and out of.
I still have to tack in the square tubes for the crate-frame to snap down into; they'll stick up along the frame edge inboard of the wheels. WHen it's done, the weight of the crate will be most of what holds it down, and I have some twist latches I plan to use to fully secure it down at the corners.
THen tack the crate-frame together around those points, then tack a door/gate to the end of it (at the front), and then tack the crate-wire-cage stuff to the crate-frame.
When I'm sure that all comes out ok, I'll fully weld everything and load test it.
Once it's together, I'll know if there willb e problems with the wheels during sideloading. It's possible I might need to add some type of bracing to connect the wheel dropout-frames to each other at their tops, but I'm hoping not.