Pontoon Trailer for bicycle....

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  1. Vladimir Steblina

    Vladimir Steblina Retired Forester...now fishing instead of working

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    I got plenty of Baltic birch laying around. We use it for building telescope mounts. It is good stuff.

    Ive, what kind of pontoon do you have?? I believe that they come in two pretty much standard tube sizes. Mine is an outcast.

    Those clamps would need to be quick release so you could remove the bike frame easily.

    You have any ideas on design for the clamps??
     
  2. IveofIone

    IveofIone Active Member

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    Vladimer, I have an early South Fork with the steel frame-must be over 20 years old. When I get home later today I'll take a look at mine and see if I come up with an idea to mount a couple of stub axles on my frame, I already have some bicycle wheels that will work.

    Keep in mind that you could even use the Baltic birch for axle bearings if you had to. With the right grease they will work fine for the light loading the pontoon presents. The most advanced weapon of the ancient world-the Roman chariot-used wood bearings for the wheels. Conestoga wagons used a similar setup to carve their way across this great country when there were no roads. And I remember Howard Hughes building a pretty big airplane out of wood as well.
     
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    If thinking about building a trailer, You might want to check out "BIke Works" in the Columbia City area of Seattle. They had a few used trailers for sale and tons of used parts. Non Profit, super prices and really nice folks. I am thinking of building up a cruiser with rod and tackle holders, so I can fish at lunch, it's just a little to far to walk.
     
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    IMG_0652.JPG IMG_0651.JPG IMG_0652.JPG IMG_0653.JPG IMG_0652.JPG IMG_0651.JPG I looked over my South Fork and didn't see a polite way to attach wheels to it. It could be done but it would necessitate adding structure to the boat that wouldn't be easily removed.

    I'll enclose some pics of my current setup for just wheeling my boat in. The whole assembly attaches with 4 wing nuts and can either be removed once I reach the lake or just inverted and left on the boat. It has little to do with being a bicycle trailer but there might be a kernel of help in there somewhere.

    Ive
     
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    OK, here are the pics of the "trailer" I can use to transport a pontoon. It is extra wide for a large pontoon. It would be easy to add a bar at a right angle for a tongue.
     

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    jessejames Flyslinger

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    Turn the Toon upide down attach the long axle Aubry has to the oar towers. Lay the oars and accessories between the tubes on the frame and tie them down. Partially deflate the tubes they will be lighter without all that air in them.:)
    Attch the hitch low on the chainstay tube it will have better stability. You don't want the attachment to the bike to be rigid look at the Burley hitch it has a flexible hitch. The trailer needs to move at all angles from the bike so it wont affect the rider or torque the frame
    We pulled an 80 pound Burley freight trailer behind a tandem bicycle from Seattle to Eureka CA in the summer of 1994.
    The problem you will have is the width, on some terrain it will be difficult, but doable I think. Think third worls countries they haul everything either on or behind the bikes.
    jesse
     
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    120146_ts.jpg 120146i2_ts.jpg My first thought was buy a game carrier and modify it. This one from the Sportsmans Guide was only $60 and folds up. Might work with some imagination
     
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    I second that. My friend Jake used to run that place. Their warehouse is a blast to poke around in if you're interested in bikes.
     
  10. Jim Wallace

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    If you get a 6 piece rod, you can just lash it to your day pack. I plan to do that with my 4-piece rods. I can carry two rods in one case, if I feel finicky. I was out in my garage last night trying to figure out where to put rod tubes on my bikes. I've been riding my old Schwinn cruiser lately here around the beach, since its mainly flat, and usually just take my car to fish anywhere I can drive to, but I'll take my Gary Fisher Utopia 27 spd hybrid with disk brakes for riding in on the gated logging roads. I actually like my front shock, except on pavement, where I lock it off. That bike is ridiculous overkill for the beach, though. For tooling around the beach area, the old Schwinn cruiser just can't be beat!

    Simply lashed on the rear rack might work, sticking straight out the rear. That's what I've done in the past.
     
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    I would look on craigslist for a cheap Burley trailer (the ones that haul kids)- look for on that hauls 2 kids, not 1, then just retro-fit it.
     
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    Second the Burley comment. I used one for just this purpose after my girls outgrew it. The Mercer Island thrift store almost always has a couple of them sitting out front, priced cheaply.
     
  13. Vladimir Steblina

    Vladimir Steblina Retired Forester...now fishing instead of working

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    I went out yesterday to the bike shops in Wenatchee. I took the Outcast frame with me and asked them to make a trailer out of it.

    Ive, you should work at a bike shop. We went through all your suggestions!!!

    Well, one shop said I sell, not make stuff. The other shop was very interested. However, the earliest they can get to it is FEB 2014.

    So I put the Outcast together today for my first fishing trip of the season on Monday.

    I am thinking about a 5 foot wide by 6 or 7 foot wide platform with wheels. That way without the wheels attached I can use it as a platform for the pontoon to ride just above the bed rails in the truck.

    Attaching the wheels is definitely the key to making this thing work. The one bike shop recommended wheel "internal" to the pontoons. I kinda like the stability of "external" to the pontoons.

    Anyway, the project continues. If anybody wants to join the team and build TWO e-mail me!!