This is a low-cost hitch-mounted carrier for a recumbent bicycle -- for about 1/5 of the cost of the commercial variety.

One "Excess Cargo Carrier" from Harbor Freight, $40 on sale

Hardware: About $25
One 8"x6" pressure-treaded 5/4" deck board
One 3/4"x36" steel pipe
One 1/2"x 12" steel pipe
One 3/4" pipe flange
One 1/2" pipe flange

To attach the pipe flanges to the deck board:
Eight 1/4"x2" hex head bolts
Eight 1/4" stop nuts
Eight 1/4" fender washers

To attach the deck board to the cargo carrier:
Four 1/4"x1.5" bolts
Four 1/4"stop nuts
Four 1/4" washers

Two red bungee cords
One old bike inner tube

Step 1: Cut the Board

Cut a 5/4 deck board to fit the length of the cargo carrier. The deck board provides a stiff, sturdy base to attach the pipe flanges.

Drill two holes at each end of the board, and two in the center of the board. Drill corresponding holes on either end of the cargo carrier, and through the 2" hitch bar.
Ooooh! Just because I'm a pompous jerk who can't resist showing off... I think this is the fourth place I've posted this. :-P
That's awesome on more than one level.<br><br>(1) Electrified BikeE! I have a BikeE as well... never thought about a hub motor on the front wheel...<br>(2) Awesome rack - nice and close to the vehicle, no massive excess of material, etc. Well done.
I like the electric hub - wilderness energy? I have a kit on an unused bike. I'm thinking of building a 'bent around it. Do you find that the lower wind resistance gives you better range?
I made a recumbent trike carrier for my Toyota Hiace van. In my design I use commercially available folding bike carrier with added arm to make lifting the trike easier. I wanted to put my trike upright as your type design would have extended too far back and also the lights would have been partly covered. To make more sense of my design I should be able to make it to instructable soon I hope. I need to do more work on the hand winch to hoist the trike against the back door. It works but needs to be faster to load on and off.
Heh, "Ingredients". :P Very good Instructable, I like it! Can I have some of that lemonade? :-)
Sure, I'll email you some ;-)
:P<br/>Thanks, it tastes really good! =)<br/>
Nice Bacchetta (Giro 20?) :) I'm jealous of your tweeners - they're not compatible with the Challenge foldable handlebars :/ I recently discovered my 'bent fits in city bus bike racks (and also on my trunk mounted bike rack). This made me happy :)
Yup, it's a Giro 20. I like the tweeners, too! That's why the forward support had to be so long -- since the handlebars pivot forward & aft, they have to be secured to something during transport.
what does the bike do?

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