Post by Don Ricardo on Nov 6, 2011 22:54:38 GMT 10
Jennison has asked me to post a link to a short video clip of a bicycle caravan taken (or maybe released) in July 1939. The clip appears to be from a British newsreel of the period, but the footage was taken in Tasmania. So we can legitimately call it part of Australia's caravan heritage.
Love it! I have been trying to design a little bike trailer so that I can do some long distance touring around Oz. I was thinking about something with just one wheel, to reduce drag, but long enough to incorporate a bed. It would have fold down legs for support. Maybe also fold out to get the length of a bed.
But that video has given me another design line! There are plenty of two wheel bike trailers around, but nothing that big! I wonder how a one manpower engine would handle it?
A couple of years ago, Jennison provided us with a link to a newsreel film taken in the 30's of a couple of young Tasmanian men who built a small two-person caravan to be towed behind two bicycles. The link to the film is in the post at the start of this thread above. It's well worth watching.
I've just come across an article published in the Hobart newspaper The Mercury on Saturday, 7 May 1938 (p17), which tells us a bit more about the caravan and the two young fellows who built it, identified as 'E Flint and 'M Price':
I can see that happening more than not. I would think a crosswind force enough to topple the "house of cards".
the enjoyment I find in exploring these options is the creativity of making. if I ever were to build a bicycle trailer, I would seriously consider "airolite" construction as laid out by Platt Monfort: www.gaboats.com/