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Gerald_G
08-06-2008, 12:48 PM
Here's a tip I just read on another site. I thought - "Hey that's actually a very good idea." so here it is for AZ folks too.

Question
Any suggestions for homemade trailer hitches?

Answer
There are a couple of types of DIY trailer hitches:
One type puts the hitch up around the top of your bike’s seat stays. The other puts the hitch down near your left dropout. One of the easiest hitches to put together is created by using a pneumatic tool hose connector. Short pieces of tough hose on either side of the connector can be bolted or clamped to your bike and the trailer. An easy bolt site on the bike is at the tail end of the rear rack, using the holes that are (usually) there.

n9viw
08-06-2008, 05:01 PM
Clever business, thanks for sharing!! I wouldn't trust 'tough hose' to hold up to much in the way of tongue or load weight for long, but the pneumatic coupler idea is a good one. I recall having seen one where the fellow gutted the female side and ran a bolt through the inside into a bracket, and the male side was already threaded and could be bolted on (or welded to) something.

TheKid
08-06-2008, 05:54 PM
Both male and female are available as threaded, so both can be bolted on. That was an excellent suggestion.

charlie_r
09-14-2011, 08:14 AM
Another method that I have used, best explained with a pic:http://i54.tinypic.com/5l7xvc.jpg

1" square aluminum tube, 1/2" x 1/2" aluminum angle, 12ga aluminum sheet, and a couple handfulls of heating duct hex head screws.

Added a rack for additional utility:http://i51.tinypic.com/2qa639z.jpg

Seat was removed so I could pop rivet the deck sheet on.

Radical Brad
09-14-2011, 02:17 PM
Nice trailer!

Brad

Trike Lover
09-14-2011, 03:54 PM
Like the pneumatic connector idea. Readily available, simple, cheap. Three of my favorite things. Thanks for sharing.