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Old 11-14-2006, 06:07 AM   #1
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Just posted a new page at metrompg about...

How the cargo trailer I made for my beater 10-speed bike is hurting my MPG

http://www.metrompg.com/posts/bike-trailer.htm
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Old 11-14-2006, 06:50 AM   #2
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What did you use as the hinge to connect to the bike? I am interested because bike trailers are expensive +$100.
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Old 11-14-2006, 07:09 AM   #3
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Same thing as my brother's kiddie trailer - a stout spring, the ends held in steel tube. If you click into the article on metrompg.com, there's a zoom in pic that shows the hinge close up.
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Old 11-14-2006, 07:24 AM   #4
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Well done! I really like it. I may have to try building one this winter when I am cooped up with nothing else productive to do.
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Old 11-14-2006, 07:32 AM   #5
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If you're going to weld/braze zinc-coated EMT conduit for the frame, best to do it outside with a breeze (or fan)
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Old 11-14-2006, 07:46 AM   #6
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Yeah If read the artical that would help insted of looking at the one picture you have in gassavers

I WILL be making one of these. I have some spare 26" wheels They might be tall but will do the job.
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Old 11-14-2006, 08:04 AM   #7
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It took me a minute to realize that when you (metric system people) say lower your MPG, you're actually increasing your MPG (by US terms).
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It took me a minute to realize that when you (metric system people) say lower your MPG, you're actually increasing your MPG (by US terms).
Oh, hahaha. Me too Matt...I was thinking...and this is good because?
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????lower=higher????
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It took me a minute to realize that when you (metric system people) say lower your MPG, you're actually increasing your MPG (by US terms).
Nope, the trailer has made things lower in the MPG sense, not the L/100 km sense.
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