Here's my contribution to the Homemade Cargo Bike revolution!! :) Used an old Mountain Bike frame from a great junk bike store close by. I basically followed the instructions from this guy: https://www.instructables.com/id/build-a-2-wheel-cargo-bike/
with a few of my own modifications. The bike is functional, but not done at this point. I still have to engineer and build a kickstand, install the brakes and shifters etc, and decide what kind of platform or box I would like to have.

Note, I brazed the entire frame, which I have never done before, but since I didn't have a working TIG welder I went with this because of better control than with MIG or standard oxy-acet welding. The joints are not all pretty, but they are strong and beefy!!

Materials used: Mountain bike frame, 2 BMX frames (used for the steerer tube and the 20" fork). Cost: $20
Some scrap steel tubing, I used various cutoffs from the local steel yard. Cost approx. $30
Bike components: had a bunch lying around from my various bike projects over the years, bought some others. Cost: depends on how high end you want to go.

Step 1: Frame Extension

Next I used some thin walled 1 3/4" diameter steel tube for the main frame extension off the front. Figured this would be nice and stiff since I'd seen lots of variations where people tried to engineer multiple tubes together to add stiffness. This worked great. This also allowed enough clearance so I could keep the entire length made from 1 piece of steel instead of 2 separate pieces.

Harbor Freight Tube Notcher was a great investment (with some slight modifications to make it more accurate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty915Z0GrJo

<p>hello there, i was wondering for the main frame extension if i use a steel tube of 1 2/4&quot; and 3 mm wall thickness do you believe it would be ok? thank you </p>
<p>I'm sorry, I just looked back at my own Instructable, I see now that I used 1 3/4&quot; tubing. So you're probably ok with 1 1/2&quot; though again I couldn't say for sure. I considered squishing the tubing in a couple locations to achieve a more elliptical profile in certain areas, but if you are using &quot;seamed&quot; tubing this can be a bad idea. </p>
<p>I couldn't say for sure, and of course I'll say any choice you make building a vehicle of this nature is your own, and I don't accept liability for it!! :) I believe I used 2 1/2&quot; tubing, so min was much bigger. I've seen designs with smaller diameter, but they often did some sort of doubling of the tube to stiffen it. After I welded the extension on, I put it across something and stood on it to be sure it would hold enough weight!! Good luck!!</p>
<p>another question for you my friend. You &quot;extended&quot; the headtube of the bike to reach below the cargo platform. Is the internal diameter of the head tube was the right size for the headset cup? or you hack something to make it fit. </p>
This was 1 issue I would do differently next time!!! I welded the extension tube onto the existing head tube, and another head tube from another frame on the bottom of that!! It worked in the end, but in the future, I would buy 1 tube that's the correct ID and make it all out of one piece. The other reason for this is that the angle of the steering tube on a cargo bike is usually closer to vertical than on a regular bike. So the relatively steep angle on my bike means the steering arm travels up and down as you turn. Only really a problem because it hits the kickstand when you turn sharp left!! <br>Good luck!!
<p>What disc brake size are you using?</p>
<p>I forget the exact size, but it is the standard size that most mountain bikes use. I believe the other size is more for high end or downhill bikes. The brakes themselves are Avid BB7's. Does that help? I bought the braze-on mounts from Paragon Machine Works. </p>
Good work, cant wait to see more.
Good work, cant wait to see more.
I just finished my &quot;Build your own cargo bike&quot; as well. Paint is drying then I will reassemble it and get an Instructable going.
Its looking good so far. Keep it up and post pics of the finshed bike.

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