Teardrop or ProtoStoga trailer .

Teardrop shaped bicycle travel trailers & related information

Re: Teardrop or ProtoStoga trailer .

Postby loaderman » Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:47 pm

Just some thoughts as I read these posts.
Seems for you that drag and weight and aerdynamics are huge++++.

I'm thinking a clamshell teardrop shape. Say 2' high at front then taper to 6" in back, about 3' wide and 6' long.
There would be a hinge on the front so the back end lifts up to say 4-5', these sides and back when open would be material. I would probably use rip stop nylon or some sort of tent materials.
You would need 2 poles at the back to keep the back up.
For the walls I would go with foam See the "Foamie" section of the forum.
For the tailer a very simple A shape with the hitch at the top of the A and the wheels at the bar on the A.

The idea of one wheel is possible and does cut your rolling drag in 1/2. I do not know much about these. Perhaps a google search.

The teardropis a very effective shape as the air as it rolls over the front and down the slope actually pushes you forward. It is also easy to make.
A round front end like 1/2 a ball and tapered on all sides to the back is best but harder to do.
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Re: Teardrop or ProtoStoga trailer .

Postby loaderman » Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:03 pm

The idea is sortla like what is on this truck.
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Re: Teardrop or ProtoStoga trailer .

Postby loaderman » Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:47 am

Put wheels on this and you got it!
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Re: Teardrop or ProtoStoga trailer .

Postby Natalie » Tue Feb 11, 2014 4:18 am

After reading the post in this thread (because I'm thinking about a similar project) I'm really curious how the trailer turned out and how it works. Can you post updates of your project?
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