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    So, I've got a bit of a problem. The hitch for a Burley trailer won't fit into the dropouts on my Ibis Silk Ti (I can't seem to find an image of the dropouts -- sorry). Does anyone know of a solution? I think what I probably need is the name of a good machine shop or a builder who will make me something that will fit properly and yet be durable enough to last more than a couple of rides. Anyway, thanks in advance for your thoughts.

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    Default Re: pulling kids behind a bike that has unusual dropouts

    This is an actual problem. I understand it.

    I have a trailer that I use to haul my 14 year old Basset queen around in Arizona. The bike I use is one of the ones that Mr. Strong built for me.

    Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with Carl's work but the dropouts don't fit the hitch for a Croozer trailer.

    I solved it by going to local plumber and paying him 5 bux to look the other way while I used his grinder. ( Had I been at home where I have a shop, I would have used my grinder).

    But yes, a machine shop will either shape an existing hitch ti fit, or will make you a new one.

    I have the same trailer at home and can pull it with my Curtlo because Doug used flat faced dropouts.




    BTW to the OP; had to do a run out of town, your goodies will be in the mail tomorrow. Sorry for the delay.


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    Default Re: pulling kids behind a bike that has unusual dropouts

    I tried to find a better picture than this but it's al I could find easily. do they look like these?


    The official line from Burley is that Wright style drops don't work with that hitch. I filed part of the front of the hitch where it would otherwise contact the bottom of the dropout hood.

    I'll PM you with details of something else I'm working on.
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    Default Re: pulling kids behind a bike that has unusual dropouts

    Those are them, VC, and I'll look forward to hearing from you. And TMB, please don't rush.

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    Default Re: pulling kids behind a bike that has unusual dropouts

    dang, this just made me realize i won't be able to tow my chariot child carrier with my ritchey breakaway frame. bummer.

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    Default Re: pulling kids behind a bike that has unusual dropouts

    Burley used to make a skewer that replaces your normal one, at the end of it, there is a bracket to mount the hitch arm on. Some sites and maybe even QBP should have it. It was designed for Breezer dropouts. I learned all this cause I just bought an old burley to haul grocery and boxed bikes.

    Current Burley come with the universal, but you can still buy the more clunky original (goes between seatstay and chainstay).

    I hope this helps.
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    Default Re: pulling kids behind a bike that has unusual dropouts

    it looks like this.
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    Default Re: pulling kids behind a bike that has unusual dropouts

    Check out the Chariot website. They made my trailer for Trek a long time ago. The hitch they have designed is a quick-release skewer with a ball at the end. You should be able to adapt this to your trailer.

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    Default Re: pulling kids behind a bike that has unusual dropouts

    You can also get the "classic hitch" from burley that wedges between the seatstays and chainstays. Much clunkier looking but it works.

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    Default Re: pulling kids behind a bike that has unusual dropouts

    Quote Originally Posted by chadk View Post
    You can also get the "classic hitch" from burley that wedges between the seatstays and chainstays. Much clunkier looking but it works.
    I'm pretty sure I have one of these sitting in my parts bin. PM me if interested and I'll take a look. I'd be happy to send it to a good home, gratis.

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    Default Re: pulling kids behind a bike that has unusual dropouts

    Thanks, all. The clunky version wasn't really workable for me (but thanks, Jim, for the kind offer): I kept smacking my heel against it. But I might try the older version that YiPsan mentions; that looks like it's worth a shot. Again, thanks for all of the responses. I really appreciate it.

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    Default Re: pulling kids behind a bike that has unusual dropouts

    Chariot won't work on a hooded dropout. Yes, the hitch is a ball style, however it requires the use of a plate style attachment held to the frame via Q/R.. What about a simple spacer, drilled out to accept the Q/R skewer, and faced flat on both ends. That would clear the hood portion.
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    Default Re: pulling kids behind a bike that has unusual dropouts

    Check out these guys Bike Trailer Shop | Bicycle Cargo, Travel, and Pet Trailers They will probably have a solution for you.

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