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A bike trailer? That's unheard of!

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Here's another bike trailer, yep, another one. I did one thing that I haven't seen anyone else do so I thought I might as well post.
 
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Step 1: Find your frame

I built my last bike trailer from scratch, but I had a full metal shop at my disposal, I was stressed out that I didn't have a bike trailer until I saw this baby stroller one Sunday afternoon in Notre Dame de Grace. when I was out looking at all the beautiful garbage that my upwardly mobile neighbors throw out.

Step 2: Strip

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So I tore of everything I didn't need, which in this case means the front wheel and all the fabric.

Step 3: Et en plus

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It pretty much looked like a trailer at this point, but I thought a bed would be useful, so I found some boards and screwed them onto the frame. Man, whenever I upload photos to Instructables they show up overexposed, do you get that too?

Step 4: Rear front fork

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So, as promised, here's the only interesting part of my Instructable. I never really liked the long curvy bar or straight bar to the seat post methods of attaching the trailer, for my first trailer I built something that was a lot like a bike fork, tied and bolted to the frame around the back wheel, this time, forced to think due to a lack of resources, I just grabbed an extra front fork and bolted it to the back.

Step 5: Fin

So now you're ready to carry around all that heavy shit you've been finding. Like home made furniture made from doors and windows, and scrap metal. One thing that would help is a kickstand for the front of the trailer, as it tends to tip the bike over with its weight. I'll get around to that eventually. Bonne Chance!
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MasterPrime2 years ago
i got a question , Hi is it possible to use the stroller to make a tricycle rear attachemt to i can modify my bicycle oh just a cool trailer like yours :)
rimar20002 years ago
That idea of the fork is very good. I was thinking to do the same but using plain steel rod.
onemoroni13 years ago
I like it and like the other comments the hitch is great. I thought of using a baby thing, but the thrift stores want too much, so I bought a golf bag cart for $6 and made one. I published the project, but don't see it here yet. I guess it takes a while to show?
SciFctn3 years ago
cool, thanks.

I'm gonna have a trip to the hardware store, and see if maybe I can use clamps + bolts instead of drilling through the frame...will keep you posted
SciFctn3 years ago
Cool repurpose!
I have an old burly child carrier trailer I want to add a wooden bed to, a couple questions:

Did you drill the frame before you screwed in the boards?
What kinds of screws are those? regular wood screws?
Also, does drilling/screwing through the frame weaken the metal tube?
MN218 (author)  SciFctn3 years ago
yep I drilled it, I suppose it does weaken it, but I never carried anything heavy enough to crush the frame. just regular wood screws. Good luck!
Pedalit3 years ago
You likely have to pry the fork open to do this. It's probably not a big deal because you won't be putting your weight on it anymore.
MN218 (author)  Pedalit3 years ago
definitely have to pry, might be better to cut out the chain stay, bb, dropout section of a junked frame.
matroska3 years ago
ET VOILÀ ce que je fais l'été prochain! Car là notre hiver s'en vient... Super, je magazinais des idées de trailer à vélo; c'est pas mal la solution idéale ça!
Freyberger3 years ago
I just found one of the same strollers yesterday. Thanks for you instructable I am starting my project today
BadgerDervy3 years ago
What a great idea!! I was going to try this but the only front fork i had was two narrow between the two dropouts for fitting to a rear wheel.
joshfromga4 years ago
 Wow! i finally found someone else using strollers as a trailer. The front fork hitch is brilliant, btw. much better than the bent piece of metal chair frame i came up with.
I have to agree with both points here. Stroller (push chair) is a great idea for a trailer. Really do like your hitch as I've be looking on here for strong looking ones and this seems the best seen so far. Great work.
 I LOVE THIS!!  I stumbled upon this last year and decided to give it a try.  I did a couple of mods including making the stroller parts flat and adding wood supports.  I had been struggling with the hitch, but you fixed that!  At best, this has hauled a load of 125lbs.  I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS WITHOUT ADDING A THIRD WHEEL IN THE FRONT!!  I bent an axle!  Thanks for the great ible!
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dollywild4 years ago
Sorry, I'm dense, but I don't see how the trailer is attached to the extra bike fork. Help? My neighbor's also throw out wonderful stuff.
MN218 (author)  dollywild4 years ago
yep, just a carabiner through a hole in the fork and another hole in the trailer.
dollywild MN2184 years ago
Oh, cool, easy peasy. Thanks for clarifying!
The image of the joint is on the previous page don't feel bad I didn't see it the first time either.
thing 24 years ago
Nice!!!
Dearimasu~4 years ago
I'm thinking about making one of these This seems to be the easiest route to me. now to find a cheap used baby stroller. If you wouldn't mind I'd like to ask you a few questions I'm sure it'll help anyone else who wants to make one! Does the stroller need to have such big wheels with spokes I think most of the new ones or any that I'll find these days would have those tiny little Rollerblade/scooter wheels. I see you used the Fork method to attach it to your bike how does that work with the turns does it work well? I'm thinking about using the Seat post as a connection point but I'll need to figure out how to make one. whats the heaviest thing you've used it to carry/move? Can't wait to make this and go find some good garbage!
zzoe5 years ago
Nifty.
carpespasm6 years ago
I just dumpster dived that exact same baby buggy. I might make something like this from it.
casshan6 years ago
This is brilliant. Thank you for the idea involving the front fork.
Bug2k casshan6 years ago
I'm worried about the attachment points of the front fork. Not all bikes will have the two attachment points already at the rear hub, and it seems that any amount of tongue weight will bend them off. I thought that if you just tied a piece of rope from the steerer tube up to the seatpost, then the triangulation will improve the strenght alot. A solid piece would work even better. You could get away with only one mount point at the hub then too.
MN218 (author)  casshan6 years ago
Thanks, it was about a week after I posted this that I saw someone else in town using a bike fork to support a basket on the back, and I just saw another instructable of a girl in Boston using one for baskets on the front, it's in the air I guess!
Whatnot6 years ago
Good that you thought of that security strap, shows intelligence, I think, to realise it can go wrong and you want to be prepared for such.
MN218 (author)  Whatnot6 years ago
Which paid off recently when it went wrong (the carabiner shown in the picture is cheap crap and the spring broke, which allowed the trailer to jump off the hitch) here's a note, don't use cheap crappy carabiners.
leebryuk6 years ago
I liked the look of the wooden bed. Makes it very attractive, but probably not the best protector against weather. But hey, there's a price to pay for that kind of style!
MN218 (author)  leebryuk6 years ago
Word, but the price was right (gratuit) and wood is both versatile and easy to work with when you don't have a full shop to use. I was thinking I should put some weatherproofing stain on there, but sometimes I'm just a lazy putain de mec, so I haven't done yet. It is stylish, but could probably be better.
leebryuk MN2186 years ago
No, it's definitely looks very nice. And the price can't be faulted. Don't take it as a negative. I just use to live in a very rainy clime, and people biked no matter the weather. If it ever came down to it, you could always mount a plastic tub with water tight lid on the deck. But it would cover those nice boards.
bigman086 years ago
storlers thought of doing that but i never got a chance to do that i got to of the baby storlers in my yard so i gusee that i will do it now
erichacker6 years ago
Instead of a kickstand perhaps you could mount the old third wheel somewhere towards the front. It wouldn't have to normally be on the ground, but could take weight when the load was heavy. Thanks for the great idea. I'll have to see what I can do with my old jogger now. Peace, Hacker
it looks alot like this picture i found on Google but not that much chrome and its orange
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I've been looking for something to mount lights, subwoofers, mids, highs, and amps so i can show off my low rider
CapnChkn6 years ago
Golly MN218! You all are going to say, "What's with this windbag?" Last December, I was at the local store getting myself some Banana Chips and Monkey Sauce, went in back to throw something away, and saw A BABY STROLLER in the dumpster! "Aha!" I sez to meself, "I can use this to make myself a Bicycle trailer! I know it's going to be just a kludge, but it will suffice until I get some better idea!" I take it home, cut the top stuff out leaving the little cloth basket at the bottom to hold whatever I want to carry, took a piece of PVC and heated it, bent it so it would miss the back wheel, strengthened it with duck tape (Funny isn't it I thought you made the glue from horses...) and string, ran a rope through the pipe, and strapped that to my seat post. Works, just... My friend in the wheel chair, his brother, and the kid across the street think this is the Bee's Knees! "Yeah we can make a business out of recycling baby strollers!" I try to tell them there are plans all over the web for building these things, to no avail. Wheel chair wheels, a bathroom shelf set and various grill parts, go into the making of the trailers which I am supposed to test. All discussions of engineering and mechanics fall on deaf ears. Other suggestions from tractor trailer mechanics involve trashbins, patio tables, and talk about how big the wheels would actually be, and how heavy the entire thing is going to be to pull down the road without using the concept of Bicycle Wheels. Tests done by the perps then show that you can't steer with this design, that one is top heavy leaving a bewildered look on the face of the other as to the actual meaning of "center of gravity." One baby stroller shows up with a possible solution to the front pair of double caster wheels causing the entire rig to "fishtail" when enough weight and speed are applied. The pulling arm snaps when I try to make a tight turn while leading my bike out of the yard. Auuugghhhh! To make this short story even longer, I need to say, "A snifter of snuff is enough snuff for a snuff sniffer!" Now, around 5 months later, there is a parade of Baby strollers being hauled around behind mechanical wheel chairs and bicycles in the neighborhood. Fancy lights, blinkers, tricks being done while the kid spins his bike (you can guess how long this trailer is going to last.), and constant comments of "Where's the Baby!" and when I get some beer, "Oh I guess that's the baby" echo resoundingly through the local "_". HeHeee! Wunderbar! Great! All I can tell you is the stroller is made to last long enough to push a baby around long enough so he can start walking by himself. They're held on with plastic, and I've had one fall off miles from home while I was bringing home groceries. You might want to take the assembly apart and see if you can tap, drill, or somehow otherwise make sure you get the most out of this wonderful setup. Yep I really dig the bike fork kludge too! Thank you!!!
MN218 (author)  CapnChkn6 years ago
Thanks for the input, those wheels clips broke then? This attachment method is great for turns, you can go close to 90 degrees before it touches the tire, and I find that I never take right angle turns. I'll stare at those wheels for a while to see if there's some way I can make them more durable.
Ugh! Sloppy. The last paragraph I wrote above is about the wheels. I had the wheel fall off, groceries all over the sidewalk while I took it apart and tried to get home with them. The one I got hold of doesn't have any nuts, E rings, or anything sane, just some plastic sort of clips with teeth that "bite" into dents in the axle. So far the rest of the rig is still in action!
If someone asks you where the baby is, you should say, "Aw man, I lost him again??" rofl
robprimeau6 years ago
I was floored by your bike hitch idea. I don't like the conventional bike hitches, and wasn't sure at all how I was going to incorporate one onto my bike, but this completely solves that! Great Eureka moment!
Mr. Rig It6 years ago
I also wanted to say I think this is the best trailer I have seen yet. I was also going to suggest getting two led tailights from walmart to add to the rear of the trailer if you are towing at night. Great Job you get a plus and a vote!
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