April - May 2016
  • Day1

    We join this build already in progress

    April 30, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    I didn't take any pictures before this because I was just assembling things. Really the first picture is when I had already picked up the new bike and had just put the cargo carrier on the trailer. This is a mock-up of how the trailer will look. I tried hard to incorporate some of the plywood that was on the original trailer but just didn't have enough. The plywood in the picture is my own, a piece of the camper wall.Read more

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  • Day1

    Welder's work

    April 30, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    When other bikers do this project they make the trailer narrower and the drawbar longer. To narrow the frame I took a Sawzall and chop chop done that was easy. To narrow the axle I took it to a welder. (And the tongue too.) When I got the axle back it doesn't seem quite right. I am suspicious it is just a fraction off. Great. That's the whole reason I didn't want some dropout at a muffler shop to weld it. And the tongue now weighs ten times what it did before. Sure, he "overbuilt" it and he dressed the welds very nicely but all that steel is just loading down my trailer with dead weight. Not to mention he charged 2/3 more than the trailer is worth! Well, I learned something new today, just not the kind of lesson I want.

    It's too bad this website won't let you zoom in on the original picture - in the first pic there's detail you can't see on the site. Let's see if another pic will help.
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  • Day2

    Nah, that doesn't matter.

    May 1, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

    Dad, remember what I said about the bore of hub-centric wheels needing to match the diameter of the hub? This Chinese trailer came right from the factory with wheels that don't. Look at the second picture. It has the extra complexity and expense of milling a flange of a specific diameter around the hub! Some guy in a Chinese factory said, "We don't have wheels that fit? Just get bigger ones, that doesn't matter." And Harbor Freight doesn't care either. If the trailer was carrying live animals or, I don't know, GLASS, it might very well matter.Read more

  • Day3

    Eye candy

    May 2, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 8 °C

    The obligatory "I made the trailer much stiffer" shot. ...Huh, that hardware looks good.

    Are you wondering why the deck doesn't cover the back of the trailer? That's just me being clever. If you look at the profile (side view) of the car carrier it is indented in the bottom. This is where the roof rack of the car should sit. So the bottom of the carrier isn't flat. To make the carrier have a large, flat base I cut the wood to match the size of the indent. Now the carrier sits flat on the trailer. How clever.Read more

  • Day5

    Project done

    May 4, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

    On those TV shows where they build cars they give each one has a clever name. I'm calling this project "I Love You Every Bit as Much." (Yes, it's definitely sarcasm.)

    I have already bought the wiring harness for the bike. The trailer hitch is scheduled to arrive Friday. The obstacle course with Sarah is Saturday. Mother's Day is Sunday. I still don't know if my last-minute vacation request was approved. This trip is going to be a mad rush with no time for testing, or a mad rush for nothing.Read more