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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Pulks on the Cheap #2

So here is the completed pulk made from a bike trailer.

I bought some replacement backpack hip belts from REI. They only cost $5 and they worked great for attaching the pulk poles to. I attached grommets to the belt and then threaded bolts through the poles and hip belt to attach them.
Here is the hip belt with the grommets, the small gold circles.

I originally wanted to put the grommets through the cinch strap (black) but it proved to be too far forward. Luckily there was some additional material else where that was trickier to put grommets through but worked fine.

The usefulness of this zipped pocket was eliminated.

I used electrical conduit and bent it with a conduit bender. I drilled it out with normal drill bits and a cordless drill. When drilling metal you need to use slow speeds, and you need to start with a small bit and slowly increase the diameter of the bit as you change them out (1/16, 1/8, 3/16, 1/4). It takes awhile but it works.

Here is the attachment to the hip belt. The gold grommet is where the fabric on the hip belt will go. From left to right - locking nut, washer, pipe, washer, grommet, washer, bolt head.

After trying it out on the driveway, I found that it glides great and is pretty comfortable.

The bike trailer actually had holes and an attachment system for poles. So, on the next trailer the pole to trailer connection is going to be the big thing to figure out.

1 comment:

Kimberly said...

Wow, I really admire you for what you do. It seems like a difficult sport and I don´t know if I would dare practise it. Anyways, I did try a little bit of snowboarding when I was in Argentina. I had rented several buenos aires apartments and the advisors had told me to go to the South of the country (Bariloche) because they have the best mountains to do these kind of sports that I wanted to do. I had the best time and I can say I learnt a little bit more about winter sports!