This is a bit of an odd request but I have been thinking of a new approach to using a bike trailer in the form of a bike-frame as a pusher. The idea involves using a late model MtB or Jumper frame that can accommodate a 26â€ diameter wheel up to 2.5â€ wide Hookworm.
- If I can source inexpensive frames, then it is possible to mount it as an extension to the existing bike via the double-crown headpiece. As a former tree-farmer, I am familiar with the 3-point hitch on a tractor; the two lower arms swing out for easy on/off â€“ and using a double-crown could simulate similar action to both provide a solid secure fixture and afford relatively easy disconnection. The whole frame and hitch thus would be heavy-duty and superior in weight-carrying capacity over any common bike trailer.
- The framework would allow for panniers, saddlebags, and totes, whilst providing a solid mounting structure for the third wheel as a pusher.
- The argument for such as frame is that most of the bike trailers are limited to 55 to 66 pounds, with only a couple rated above 70. My issue is that I plan on putting my entire battery load with camping gear on the rear attachment; with batteries alone Iâ€™d nearly exceed the weight carrying capacity.
- In studying the bike-frame approach I noticed that most of the late models weigh between 3.5 to 7 pounds and are very affordable; less than $350. You can hardly find a fork for less than that! My BOB Ibex weighs 35 pounds empty <yuk!>
- The design for the interface though would be similar to a BOB where the two arms come forward and attach at the rear axle. The rest of the framework should handle up to 200 pounds (not that I need that much).
Thanks kindly, KF