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My bike & trailer
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hi, my name is Joseph and i new to this form. i have a new bike and have built my own trailer for touring the west coast. i am riding my bike 10 to 15 miles a day for training, and am increasing more miles daily to build up my strength. why is this important to me you may ask, well in 2006 i was at 650 lbs. and on 13 different drugs that were killing me. i was a diabetic, had high blood pressure, as well as a disabled person, now i am down to 210 lbs and no more meds. i need help in understanding how to convert my Schwinn three wheel bike, single speed, to a 3 speed or more, as well as adding regular bike wheels to a working trailer i have built out of recycled parts from my old walkers, a lawn chair, parts of a weight bench, a mast off of a sat dish and crutches that were used by me in the past. i have many photo here;{ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Travels-by-bike/124606304372183 } as well as here;{ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bike-trailers-recycled-out-of-discards/271081756352172 } please feel free to view an d like my pages as well as any ideals and thoughts to help with this transition in my life.
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up dated photo of trailer
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#3
(01-24-2013, 04:36 PM)jtprocella Wrote:  up dated photo of trailer

my plans are to remove the small wheels and install two 18'' or 20'' bike wheels
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#4
I like what you did with the trailer, I have thought about building one myself but always was too lazy and had so many other things to do, so congrats on that!
I have not much experience with bike trailers, but I would guess that it makes sense to go to a single axle design. Twin axles are more diffigult to maneuver. However, it might be difficult to convert your design for that, so keep us posted!
Oh, and welcome to the forums.
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(01-24-2013, 04:18 PM)jtprocella Wrote:  hi, my name is Joseph and i new to this form. i have a new bike and have built my own trailer for touring the west coast. i am riding my bike 10 to 15 miles a day for training, and am increasing more miles daily to build up my strength. why is this important to me you may ask, well in 2006 i was at 650 lbs. and on 13 different drugs that were killing me. i was a diabetic, had high blood pressure, as well as a disabled person, now i am down to 210 lbs and no more meds. i need help in understanding how to convert my Schwinn three wheel bike, single speed, to a 3 speed or more, as well as adding regular bike wheels to a working trailer i have built out of recycled parts from my old walkers, a lawn chair, parts of a weight bench, a mast off of a sat dish and crutches that were used by me in the past. i have many photo here;{ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Travels-by-bike/124606304372183 } as well as here;{ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bike-trailers-recycled-out-of-discards/271081756352172 } please feel free to view an d like my pages as well as any ideals and thoughts to help with this transition in my life.

you're an inspiriation.
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(01-24-2013, 04:36 PM)jtprocella Wrote:  up dated photo of trailer

I have up-dated the trailer and added some things and taken away some things. still some few things to do before i hit the road this next month enjoy all the new photos at my face book page for the build
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bike-trailers-recycled-out-of-discards/271081756352172
and check out the page in the works for the trip its self. http://www.facebook.com/TravelsByBike
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#7
that will roll much better than the one with 4 wimpy wheels for sure
There are two kinds of people in the world, "Those who help themselves to people, and those who help people!"
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#8
You may be able to replace the rear brake with a 3 speed unit (will need to make something so you can have rear brakes; or you may be able to put a three chain ring setup on the crank (may need to do some fabrication work to get the de-railer on and working). Probably better of looking for a bike that is already multi speed ready due to the first two options will need you to change or alter your bike.
Have fun and just enjoy the ride
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#9
I am ready for the long open road, yes i know that is a lot of gar but as i a homeless person that has a leather craft business i am never in a hurry and am ready for any and all problems, situations and can camp where ever i can find a nice spot i like and do this quite often, have a great day as i am enjoying life.
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#10
awesome! keep us posted. you have made me commit one of the most deadliest sins "Envy" . Tell the world I said hello, and to you sir all the best
There are two kinds of people in the world, "Those who help themselves to people, and those who help people!"
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