Saddle up for a BikeHacks.com classic written, and performed, by Brendon.
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I've been disenchanted with our old generic bike trailer's hitch. It's a clamp-style hitch that's a total PITA to get tight. I was ogling used Burley trailers when I started wondering whether I could hack my own Burley-style hitch onto my old generic trailer.
The way the trailer hitched onto a bike always bugged me. The clamp tends to slip if you don't really crank on it. I actually wear gloves when turning the crank handle, just to get it on there so it doesn't move. It moved once on me while I was riding and one of the clamps slid into my disc brake. The brake cut through the rubber, and into the aluminum of the clamp. Ouch. I've kinda been done with that clamp since then.
The other day I was browsing Craigslist and ogling some Burley trailers. Nice trailers. As I stared at them, I thought the trailer body tubing looked familiar. So I started digging around the web, looking for how Burley hitches work. What I learned led me to this little bike trailer hack.
Rather than spending a couple hundred bucks on another used trailer, I spent $20 on a couple of parts and hacked a new hitch for the trailer (okay, in truth I spent $60 because my bike has breezer-style dropouts and I needed some special doo-dad to accommodate 'em.
Anyway, instead of pictures, this time I made a little video that shows the hitch bits and, I think, adequately demonstrates my dorkiness. Enjoy.