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Picture of Bicycle Trailer Hitch (to Luggage Rack)
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.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

Picture of Tools and Materials
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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.
 
ohmdaddy2 years ago
Fabulous instructable!
Drakekay2 years ago
Brilliant reuse! :D
vicesat2 years ago
Very clever men, continue with more bike instructables like this :)
JECK11 year ago

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

Advar2 years ago
Ah, crap... another great idea. I hate this site! (joke) ;)
Nice!!