new cargo trailer - October 10, 2002
Thanks to Brian Fitzpatrick for the photos.
I had to transfer 2 suitcases full of tools from my Dad's car (at his work) to my house, about 3km away. I thought it would be a perfect time to test my new cargo trailer. These suitcases were HEAVY! (about 35lbs each).
|I wanted to make sure the suitcases were well secured. They had to be properly placed to balance the trailer and not interfere with the wheels. I guess I should get some sort of solid fenders. I used a standard automotive "come-along" with strong webbing to hold everything in place.
|I planned the trailer as a flat-bed design to be able to accomodate many different types of loads. There are eye bolts as tie-downs along all sides of the trailer. Here I am making sure everything is well secured.
|Tightening the tie-down. I do NOT want this load to come loose on the road. I looped the webbing through the suitcase handles, and ratcheted the come-along down tight until I could see the suitcases pressing firmly against the trailer framework. I hope I don't bend the trailer...but there is no visible distortion. The framework is one inch square tube, with .049" wall thickness.
|Cautiously testing...everything seems to be holding well. Look closely and you will see that I used the extra webbing as a safety strap, tied to my seat post....just in case something breaks or comes loose on the road!
|Everything seems to be holding well. Now I have to go uphill. Sure glad I brought the mountain bike as a tractor with those extra low gears. With me on board the bike the total load is a LOT. (You do the math).
|A nice shot of my ass pedalling up the first small hill. No photo of the big hill I had to climb a few minutes later. Everything handles fine in low gear, and at low speeds.
Yes, I made it up the first hill without incident. Then the next hill, and all the way home. I stopped once to make sure the hitch was still secure and everything was fine, even at higher speeds.
Traffic sure gave me a wide berth as I rode home. Drivers seem more respectful if you take up more of the road. Perhaps my physical size helps too?
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