Picture of A bike trailer?  That's unheard of!
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.

Step 1: Find your frame

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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.
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joshfromga5 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.

the fork is strong but where it is attached to frame unless you drill out the holes in the frame for bigger screws it seems like the weak point as I am trying it out on my bike now. There are different movements required in a hitch -pitch roll etc. I can see the weight of the trailer twisting these bolts right off and the forks going right into the back wheel. thats worst case scenario maybe downhill uneven terrain hit a pot hole or something.

hilldomain4 months ago

One thing though. It is better for stability/turning etc with the hitch farther forward. That is why people do the ugly seat post thing. If you could do it on a car it would be better as well.

hilldomain4 months ago

how are all the different directions of movement accomplished? pitch roll etc? I have been toying with the fork idea combined with the neck from the bike but havent figured it out yet.

fgunnar11 months ago

Thanks for the idea.

Is the fork strong enough to hold all the trailer's weight?

Should I get a steel or aluminum fork?

MasterPrime3 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 :)
rimar20003 years ago
That idea of the fork is very good. I was thinking to do the same but using plain steel rod.
onemoroni14 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?
SciFctn4 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
SciFctn4 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)  SciFctn4 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!
Pedalit5 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)  Pedalit5 years ago
definitely have to pry, might be better to cut out the chain stay, bb, dropout section of a junked frame.
matroska5 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!
Freyberger5 years ago
I just found one of the same strollers yesterday. Thanks for you instructable I am starting my project today
BadgerDervy5 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.
 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!
dollywild5 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)  dollywild5 years ago
yep, just a carabiner through a hole in the fork and another hole in the trailer.
dollywild MN2185 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 25 years ago
Dearimasu~5 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!
zzoe6 years ago
carpespasm7 years ago
I just dumpster dived that exact same baby buggy. I might make something like this from it.
casshan7 years ago
This is brilliant. Thank you for the idea involving the front fork.
Bug2k casshan7 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)  casshan7 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!
Whatnot7 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)  Whatnot7 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.
leebryuk7 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)  leebryuk7 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 MN2187 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.
bigman087 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
erichacker7 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
I've been looking for something to mount lights, subwoofers, mids, highs, and amps so i can show off my low rider
CapnChkn7 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)  CapnChkn7 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.
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