Bob trailer converted into bicycle teardrop?

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Bob trailer converted into bicycle teardrop?

Postby Agape » Tue Jan 30, 2007 12:45 pm

Hello everyone,
Touring cyclist here, getting ready for a cross country. Decided to do something different this time and ride this trip for the ADA on a 1975 vintage Raleigh Sports
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=lt&page_id=46896&v=e

No way to carry all of our gear ( I travel with two jack russell terriers, Airwick and Agape) http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=lt&page_id=16196&v=1i9 so I am looking into buying a bob bicycle trailer http://www.bobtrailers.com/trailers/trailer.php?product_id=10 and I'd like to turn it into a Airstream looking teardrop. (just attach the teardrop to the bob frame and off we go)

My kitchen is a http://www.jetboil.com/ Group Cooking System and my bed the typical tent.

I need it to be as lightweight as possible but would love a teardrop beauty.

Any ideas?

Thanks!
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Postby apratt » Tue Jan 30, 2007 1:02 pm

We have one on board that has built a bicycle teardrop. http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=11416
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Postby Et Cetera » Tue Jan 30, 2007 1:03 pm

The trailer would be great for your dogs (and stuff, too!).

It looks like the doggies could use a pad or blanket in their crate on the back of your bike until you get the trailer all decked out for them. It would provide a less slippery surface and a bit of padding for their little paws. How do they hang on if you have to make a sudden turn or stop?
They sure are cute!
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Postby JunkMan » Wed Jan 31, 2007 8:43 am

Agape,

I've got a Bob trailer (and Jack Russels!), and it pulls nice once you get used to it, but may be hard to modify to look like a teardrop. Might be easier to build one from scratch. The sides of the Bob give it strength, but because they are curved, may be hard to adapt to a teardrop look. Might be easier to make an all aluminum frame/unibody trailer. Did you plan to have openings for the dogs to look out, or just use the trailer for carrying your gear?

It's nice to see you riding vintage bikes :thumbsup: too many people out there are all caught up in carbon fiber and such. I have several older (70's - 80's) bikes that I ride, including a couple of old Nishikis, and an early Gary Fisher mountain bike.
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Postby Miriam C. » Wed Jan 31, 2007 11:39 am

Agape,
My grandson is starting a bicycle sleeper that is going to look great and provide him a place to carry his junk, It is modeled after MadJacks partners motocycle camper. You could modify it to look like a teardrop of sorts.
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=11695
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Postby Agape » Thu Feb 01, 2007 11:55 am

Hi Everyone!
Thanks for the great advice and replies. I am on the road right now so I will have to respond more later when we get the chance. The teardrop is progressing nicely and will be (hopefully) custom built.

I am including the sketch of the original prototype.

Great Group!

Hank and Airwick



Plans call for it to be made out of a copper colored aluminum to look like a vintage Airstream.

Love your photos and suggestions however.......
http://new.photos.yahoo.com/airwickcarpet1/album/576460762387803632/photo/294928804210643827/0
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Postby Agape » Fri Feb 16, 2007 12:18 pm

Well, let me know how you think it turned out. :D

I've got to "Airstream" up the outside but I am especially proud of the separate bed and kitchen sections. Please notice the additional rack where the pet seat will attach.



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Postby Miriam C. » Fri Feb 16, 2007 12:32 pm

Agape you link doesn't work. I would love to see the results. :thumbsup:

Agape wrote:Well, let me know how you think it turned out. :D
I've got to "Airstream" up the outside but I am especially proud of the separate bed and kitchen sections. Please notice the additional rack where the pet seat will attach.



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Postby Miriam C. » Fri Feb 16, 2007 12:38 pm

http://f7.yahoofs.com/users/j6lHJ6xZp3f ... s=trailer2

It works as a url. To get pictures to show here you need to load on your album or they need to be on the internet as opposed to an album type thingy.

Beautiful Teardrop, I hope the puppy will enjoy it.
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Postby Agape » Mon Feb 19, 2007 4:04 pm

Miriam C. wrote:
Beautiful Teardrop, I hope the puppy will enjoy it.


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I think we've got it figured out now.

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Postby JunkMan » Tue Feb 20, 2007 9:43 am

Looks great! :applause: :applause: :applause:

Could we get a close up pic of the coupler?
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Postby Agape » Tue Feb 20, 2007 7:24 pm

JunkMan wrote:Looks great! :applause: :applause: :applause:

Could we get a close up pic of the coupler?


Thanks JunkMan!
You gave me applause, so sure. :) I'll get that to you, asap.

I am in no way done. Time now to spruce up the Airwick Airsteam with extras and make it look like a vintage trailer. I am looking over T&TTT for ideas for just the right look.

Suggestions appreciated. 8)

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Postby Kevin A » Sat Aug 04, 2007 9:52 pm

How come this thread is hidden? Inquiring minds wanna know, 8) 8) :lol:
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Postby Miriam C. » Sat Aug 04, 2007 9:57 pm

I think Mad One decided it wasn't used and was taking up space. :(
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Postby sdtripper2 » Sat Aug 04, 2007 10:44 pm

It was Mikes decision ... think it was replaced by the Cargo trailer conversion forum thread. :)
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