Trailer Mount Bike Rack

trailer mount bike rack
    bike rack
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Back from a family bike ride...
Back from a family bike ride...
Rack is easy to remove from the trailer. I made the frame and mounted off the shelf fork mounts for two of the bikes, and Thule bike racks for the two center bikes. Everything locks. Still room for luggage or camping gear at the ends of the trailer. Keeps the bikes dry and out of sight of the thieves unlike our previous open trailer. Rubber torsion-elastic suspension is soft enough when lightly loaded that the trailer rides very well and smooth. Stiffens up for heavier loads. Previous 5x8 open utility trailer from Tractor-Supply was equipped with very hard leaf springs. I removed one leaf and it is was only slightly better on rough roads. That trailer was very hard on our lawnmower, camping gear, bikes and racks. It excelled however at carrying firewood and rocks - which I only did rarely. I wanted a better job for the kinds of work I needed a trailer for. This Brenderup 1205S is a bit narrow with four bikes so the outer two adult bikes require the handlebars loosened and twisted 90 degrees. Adds one allen wrench to my tool kit and 2 mins per bike for the setup process. I can also add rooftop bike racks to our CR-V if we want to camp and need more cargo room or if we want to be able to get the bikes on and off the car intact vs using the fork mounts which requires removal of the front tire (~5 mins per bike for setup and teardown). Ultimately I plan to add a rack over the top as seen earlier in this set from IH8MUD. That'll allow trips with the BSA carrying two on top of the car, four inside the trailer, and perhaps four on top of the trailer. Of course if we just wanted to lump them all together we could stuff quite a few more in a pickup or on a trailer but I don't like to do that unless the bikes are previously a bit beaten up in the first place.
Trailer Hitch Top View
Trailer Hitch Top View
So the Xtracycle Tray Bien is great, if you're planning on carrying an extra bike, but what happens when your riding buddy takes ill miles from home, with no phone? Well, we put the front wheel of her bike in the freeloader and dragged her bike by that while she rode on the back. But the harsh pull of the bike made me want something better. A Nitto lamp holder provided the awesome clamps and a front wheel from a cannondale that campus security cut off the bike rack back in the stone age provided the mounting point. The bike in tow can pitch on the hub, and yawl on its own headset. Works great until the bike is at a right angle, and then, with no bike behind the fork anymore, the entire thing falls less than gracefully to the ground behind the big dummy. So, for those of you looking to replicate, make sure you don't turn too slow too tight.

trailer mount bike rack