Im wanting to attach a trailer to my mountain bike.

Id like to set it up as if it was on car trailer hitch.Centered on the rear of the bike.Id like to have it supported on both sides of the frame.Anyone have any suggestions? I dont have any welding skills or equipment.

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frollard6 years ago
The best way is with a universal joint -- it allows pan and tilt but not roll.


This can attach to any part of the back of the bike. If it attaches to the frame near the fork, then the swing-arm will have to be slightly curved to allow the bike to turn corners and not skid the tire against the arm.

You don't want to attach the trailer to both sides of the bike frame- you won't be able to corner/lean properly.
deslok03 (author)  frollard6 years ago
My thinking was to have something like an eye bolt sticking out from the rear and another from the trailer tow bar.I thought it would provide more freedom of side to side motion.(and thx for the fast reply)
depends on if your trailer can tip over by itself. Yes 2 eyebolts interlocked would definitely work, but if the trailer can tip (only has 1 wheel) it needs the stability from the rider.
deslok03 (author)  frollard6 years ago
It will be a two wheeled trailer.Also have ideas for a 4 wheeled trailer.Hopefully ,tipping wont be much of an
thanx again for the input.
rickharris6 years ago
>>>>>> Look to your right.

A lot of commercial ones use a coil spring to give a flexible connection.
deslok03 (author)  rickharris6 years ago
thank you the reply.although the ad to the reight was a bit too commercial.
i doubt my mountain bike would be able to handle the weight of most of those.
ah I don't see the ads just a list of related instructables on the right - all for making bike trailers
deslok03 (author)  rickharris6 years ago
lol ahhh didnt see them.sorry bout that