Part I : Assembly of the trailer
FEDEX delivered the unassembled trailer kit package at our door today.
I have my reservations about putting together furniture, entertainment centers, etc., primarily because of bad experience with many a manufacturer. Here are some of my experiences:
- I found that a key piece or two was missing in the kits.
- The diagrams / instructions were horribly written.
- The same generic assembly diagram was provided for each make and model of the product.
- More than one person was required to assemble the unit, contrary to the manufacturer's claim.
I was very impressed with BikesAtWork's Quality Control. Everything was meticulously labeled.
Cannondale T-800, which I parted with, last summer. I have to make a bracket to mount it on the 64A. You can see the 1/4" plywood on the 64A, underneath the plastic tubs and the potting soil. However, the floor has not been properly installed on the trailer yet. You can read about the floor installation in Part II of this post.
my last trip to PetSmart. It is true that I did not carry 70 LBS of cargo today. However, even if I carried that much or more, I doubt it will be a problem with the 64A.
- The 64A is a very well-made bicycle cargo trailer. It has a cargo capacity of roughly 300 LBS and it is built like a tank:
- The 64A is build on custom-extruded 6061-T6 aluminum frame channel.
- The 64A uses 16" Skyway wheels, which are mounted on a galvanized steel axle.
- The 64A uses pneumatic tires with Kenda tires as the default option. I may upgrade these to Schwalbe Marathon/Plus, like I have done with Meera and Brahma, when the Kendas wear out.
- The 64A has a oversize towbar (6 cm) which reduces flex. When I rode today, I did not feel any flex at all.
- The 64A attaches to the bike using a TIG-welded stainless steel hitch, which uses a 3-point attachment system, making it really secure.
- for heavy, short loads less than 5' 6" (1.67m) long --- move the axle forward
- for loads from 5' 6" to 9' (1.67m to 2.44m) long --- keep axle at the very end (as I have setup my 64A)
- read this for more details
While I was at Home Depot, per BikesAtWork's recommendation, I purchased the following items to install a plywood flooring on the 64A:
- two 32"x15 and 7/8" pieces of 1/4" thick plywood
- 3/4" pipe clamps - 6 pieces
- 1/4"x 3/4" bolts - 6 piece
- Locknuts and washers for the bolts in # 3 above
All plywood is not made equal: I thought I bought two pieces of plywood that were very true and had them cut using the precision saw/tool at Home Depot. However, to my disappointment, the plywood pieces were a bit warped, in spite of two sets of eyes examining them for warp. As a result, the flooring is not 100% flush and even, but the plywood is only 1/4" thick for Pete's sake. So, it is not a major boo-boo, but I will probably be more cautious, if and when I replace the flooring.
I plan to use this trailer every weekend, for getting groceries and other household items. I will keep you updated of my findings along the way.
I hope you are having a great week!
PS. I have been off work for the last 3 days due to a minor glitch in my health. I am almost back to normal and I plan to get back to work on Thursday this week!