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Re: burley trailer with an x

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  • watrout
    ... http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rootsradicals/photos/album/302938271/pic/9 10409929/view?picmode=large&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=1&dir=asc
    Message 1 of 13 , Feb 17, 2009
      --- In rootsradicals@yahoogroups.com, "watrout" <watrout@...> wrote:
      > Geoff,
      > Sorry to take so long to get back to you. Finally got the camera out
      > and snapped some pics of my hitch design. Again, if any of the links
      > don't work just look for Wes' X on the photos page (there are also
      > some additional pictures of the hitch there that I didn't link to in
      > this post).
      > Here's a view of the hitch installed:
      > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rootsradicals/photos/album/302938271/pic/910409929/view?picmode=large&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=1&dir=asc
      > Note the rear fender placement in this picture if you're planning on
      > hooking up a trailer - it's rotated much lower than most people do
      > but you have to have it that low to keep the road muck of your little
      > one. I actually added that reflective triangle mainly to serve as a
      > mud flap extension.
      > Here's what the hitch setup looks like removed:
      > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rootsradicals/photos/album/302938271/pic/1374329296/view?picmode=large&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=1&dir=asc
      > Here's a closeup of the collar/spacer I used for my setup:
      > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rootsradicals/photos/album/302938271/pic/1662199036/view?picmode=large&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=1&dir=asc
      > I also thought of using a wooden dowel with a hole drilled through
      > it, or a rubber or plastic bushing of some sort, but these were the
      > first thing I saw at the hardware store that seemed to really fit the
      > bill.
      > This last picture is supposed to show the turning radius of a trailer
      > with the hitch mounted as I have it, but I think primarily it just
      > shows how dirty my garage is...oh well!
      > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rootsradicals/photos/album/302938271/pic/1728383457/view?picmode=large&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=1&dir=asc
      > Bottom line, with this setup I've never come even close to binding
      > the trailer in
      > real-life riding. When I was pulling the trailer before the X I had
      > to pay a lot closer attention to how sharp I was turning (granted the
      > bike had a lot tighter turning radius back then too) and I would
      > occasionally hit the attachment arm with the back wheel.
      > Another note: Make sure and use self-locking nuts. I'm not sure if
      > it's 100% necessary, but I leave the assembly loose enough that the
      > hitch socket can rotate semi-freely. The chariot hitch design has a
      > pretty good range of motion, but I like to have the hitch able to
      > move rather than stressing the parts if such an occasion arises (say
      > a steep ditch). I've only had this approach back-fire on me 1 time
      > and that was when I had about 80-90 pounds of groceries in the back
      > of the chariot (which you aren't going to be able to do unless you've
      > had a custom bag made too) which put a lot of upward force on the
      > hitch (groceries hang behind the wheels which tries to send the hitch
      > skyward) and on the way home I noticed the trailer swerving badly
      > after a sizable bump. I stopped and found the hitch had rotated 180
      > degrees. I rotated it back to it's normal position and didn't have
      > any further trouble with it. Since then I've learned to pack the X
      > heavy and the trailer light (if I even have to use the trailer which
      > is probably less than 50% of my shopping trips).

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