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Flipped trailer again

post #1 of 13
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Southbound traffic on 7th backed up and me running late and needing to prove something to some stupid drivers who passed me for the only apparent purpose of impeding MY progress, I wrong wayed the northbound BUS & BIKE ONLY lane, now marked down to Indiana Ave., taunting trhe scofflaws who even thought about it and they DID back down, merging nicely into the lane that they are legally allowed to share with bicyclists, buses, tractors, horse and buggy and all other legal vehicles.

Feeling good and with some speed on the downward slope, turning left onto Indiana which is a little tighter than 90º, I felt the anchor drop. Luckily the slightly top heavy load was in very durable black plastic cases and showed no outward damage. An urchin rushed up to offer assistance and after helping right my load, he just as quickly presented me with a flyer about uniforms for his team or something. I didn't read it and showed him my empty wallet. Then I shook about 75¢ out of my bag and was on my way.

That's the first time I flipped my trailer without the assistance of a curb or a root corrupted sidewalk. I'm still learning my job and screwing up regularly. Looking forward to tomorrow.
post #2 of 13
Driver.......ya's got to slow down for the corners when your loaded.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
I hear you Slider. I know you could teach me much. 80lb load, consequences not always severe. I talk some trash but really pretty careful. But yeah, I screwed up. The trailer can and has gone completely up side down before the bike falls down. This time it only went on it's side and shows no wear after being dragged ten feet or so. I left a mark on the pavement, but no groove.
post #4 of 13
Just a thought tele. Can you install a brake on the trailer that is controlled from the drivers seat. Braking a trailer will help in jacknifes and some roll-overs. However,speed will always win in the end. Run it cool.
post #5 of 13
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Installing a trailer brake is an interesting idea, but no, I don't know how to do that. It was unusual for me to find the speed to flip my trailer. Usually, even empty, I can only crawl. I got a little excited and was rightly slapped down.
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
Installing a trailer brake is an interesting idea, but no, I don't know how to do that.


This is one of the modular BikesAtWork trailers?

Hmm. Not much on the trailer frame to work with for a brake bridge.

Something might still be possible, regard:

http://www.sandsmachine.com/ac_cable.htm
cable splitter, obviously would need two cable stops on the trailer arm, the one towards the bike slitted for cable removal.
http://www.skywaywheels.com/products_003.htm
skyway brake pads (+disk brake poss?), would obviously require changing the wheels out.

But, until you sort that out, how about just giving Wald a call and snagging one of their training wheel sets?

http://www.waldsports.com/index.cfm/trainingwheels.html

Go for the 125 lber and tilt it outwards?
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
I'm still (stupidly) splitting lanes, so training wheels aren't going to work. Also, I barely clear the bollards in front of the White House and on Capitol Hill as is.

The disc brakes look cool. I don't really think I need brakes on my trailer, but I might change my mind. Thanks for the links.
post #8 of 13
If there was a good way to add caster to the main axle it would solve both problems.
post #9 of 13
What kinda trailer is this?
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
Bikes At Work, model 64A. You should get one to haul your DH bike to the ski lift.

http://www.bikesatwork.com/
post #11 of 13
Interesting. I was picturing a one wheeler like a Bob trailer. Some of those are pretty big. Does anybody use those long wheelbase cargo bikes for what you do?
post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
Yes, there are a few cargo bikes in DC. I haven't used one, I think I prefer trailers. I have a BOB, too.
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by comprex View Post
If there was a good way to add caster to the main axle it would solve both problems.
I'm thinking trailing arms.

Mind you, a leaf spring and shackle would do much the same thing.

Just for kicks, what about calling Stengel and see what they say?

http://stengelbros.3dcartstores.com/...s_c_233-1.html


Was just thinking more on this and you could build a leaf spring and shackle kit for dert cheep out of old skis with metal in them.
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