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Bicycle Trailer Hitch (to Luggage Rack)

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Here is how I made a strong and permanent hitch for my bike trailer.

The trailer is a Bellelli Eco Trailer Maxi which I modified (with a little woodworking) to a luggage rack level hitch. Why? The original seat post hitch did not adjust high enough to ride level - and I hate seat post hitches, as they get in the way when mounting/dismounting (men's frame).

http://www.bellelli.com/index.cfm?method=mys.dettprod&classe=14&id=40
http://www.mammacangura-na.com/eco_trailer_maxi.html

Also, the rack-mounted trailer hitch does not obstruct the rack (and space above), leaving it free for panniers and (er) luggage.

When not towing, the eye bolt is a convenient and strong point to tie off luggage straps, bungees etc.
 
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Step 1: Tools and Materials

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Eye bolt (mine was 6mm diameter)
  • Nut x 4 (to fit the eye bolt)
  • Washer x 4 (to fit the eye bolt)
  • Pair of rail clamps from an old bicycle saddle
  • Spanner (to fit the nuts)
  • Hacksaw (maybe)
  • Some strips of inner tube
Ideally, the eye bolt should be as thick as possible, whilst still fitting through the holes in the saddle clamps.

Step 2: Assemble

1. Screw one nut right up the eye bolt to where the threads end.
2. From there, the order is:
  • Washer
  • Clamp half A
  • Your bike luggage rack
  • Clamp half B
  • Washer
  • Nut
Space

  • Nut
  • Washer
  • Clamp half B
  • Your bike luggage rack
  • Clamp half A (for symmetry)
  • Washer
  • Nut
ohmdaddy1 year ago
Fabulous instructable!
Drakekay1 year ago
Brilliant reuse! :D
vicesat1 year ago
Very clever men, continue with more bike instructables like this :)
JECK18 days ago

Wonderfully Magical, couldn't be more grateful for this support. Magic Happens!! Thanks heaps.

Advar1 year ago
Ah, crap... another great idea. I hate this site! (joke) ;)
Nice!!