Push Trailer #3...This time I got it

Discussion in 'Push Trailers' started by lowracer, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. lowracer

    lowracer Member

    My track record building push trailers up until now has been poor but I aint no quitter...lol
    This project started out as a pusher for a skateboard, then morphed into a pusher for a bicycle.
    The two variables I changed from my previous two unsuccessful outings were:
    - Wheel size
    - Hitch mounting point
    My new push trailer uses a 12" kids bike wheel (not a 26") and is mounted to the axle (not the seatpost).
    Also I got the trailer offset to compensate for the engine weight and very well balanced.
    This one also has a sliding mechanism to adjust the trailer wheelbase. I'll be playing with different lengths to see what the differences are. Also this trailer has adjustable angles via two steerer stems used in the unique mount to further experiment with hitch swivel angles (BOB trailers have a forward angle opposite of a bicycle steering tube angle).
    The engine is a Tanaka PF3300 (32cc) using a Pocketbike 5:1 transmission w/10T cog, 18T rear cog on 12" wheel (12" outside tire diameter). Body of the pusher is an old CroMo bicycle fork, 2 threadless stems, One 27.2mm seatpost shaft, a shim to 28.6, a 1" seatpost from kids bike, & seatstay from a donor Cannondale M500 I found being thrown out.
    The only thing I had to buy was a $10 kids bike on Craigs List (for rear wheel) & a Tandem brake cable to run the 90+" from throttle to trailer.
    Here are a few pics of what it looks like now & a link (to the other forum) where this project began.
    http://motorbicycling.com/showthread.php?t=44279
    -Lowracer-
     

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  2. lowracer

    lowracer Member

    Got the chain flying off problem worked out & got a good ride on it today.
    To my chagrin, When I got back from a 10 mile ride, I noticed that my rear tire got bald all of a sudden.
    Heres a pic.
    It had knobbies when I started my test drive.
    Seems like theres not enough weight on this rig to keep the tire from spinning madly.
    Oh well...Three oughta do me, done!
    LOL
    -Lowracer-
     

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  3. lowracer

    lowracer Member

    I dismanted the push trailer today & turned it into a motorized skateboard.
    Here are a few pics.
    I was thinking of going wider & installing the subframe onto a beach 'Skim Board'.
    I also found a broken Razor E325 scooter for sale for $20 & will pick it up on Sunday. I'm thinking using this engine & trans to power the scooter & ditch the busted electronics & batteries.
    Cheers
    -low-
     

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  4. lowracer

    lowracer Member

    I bought & picked up the Razoer e325 scooter today.
    The Craigs List seller lived 1/2 mile from my house, so I decided to ride the motorized bicycle for awhile, then stop by his house with the MB.
    I held the scooter handlebars with my left hand & piloted the MB with my right....no issues getting home.
    Now I'll be removing the Tanaka PF3300 from the motorized pusher to convert the scooter from electric to gas powered.
    My goal is to get max 30 mph & will decide which sort of chain drive to use & gearing (stock scooter #25 chain or convert to BMX 410 chain).
    This thread is done & I'll start a new one for the scooter build...
    -lowracer-
     
  5. Dennis Becraft

    Dennis Becraft New Member

    You almost had it. I had a very similar lightweight pusher that spun the tire all the time too til I switched it to a seatpost hitch. Like I've written many times here before, the trailer pushes up toward the higher seatpost position and makes traction for itself that way. It solved my problem completely. I think pushers are ideal when built correctly. Very clever construction with the bike components by the way. I admire your constant experimentation.
     
  6. lowracer

    lowracer Member

    Thanks Dennis...
    I didnt care for the seatpost mount due to the 'tractor trailer' effect.
    The axle mount would be ideal if just pulling a loaded trailer behind the bike.
    I think I'll be building an axle mount pull behind trailer to transport my 2 gallon gas can back & forth from the no-ethanol gas station, 7 miles from my home.
    It will look something like this...(see pic)
    I'm also onto a new project of converting a stand-up e-scooter to gas power.
    I'll start a new thread for it shortly.
    -lowracer-
     

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  8. Thomas Williams

    Thomas Williams New Member

    That is so cool
     
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