Introduction: Awesome Bike Trailer

I made this super awesome bike trailer to do shopping, buy and transport trees and plants, get lumber....etc.
It's lightweight, takes over 200 lbs of load, versatile, maneuverable, ecologic and the best of all - cheap to make!

Make it and you'll love it, guaranteed!

Step 1: Cutting the Stock

Cut Red Cedar boards to length and width on the table saw and miter saw.
Then dry assembled everything.

Step 2: Joining the Frame

Join the frame of the trailer with 4 inch hex screws and glue.
Use clamps and wooden spacer for same measures on both sides of the frame.

Step 3: Making the Box

I made the box out of Guanacaste wood (rot resistant) but you can use any type, just protect the wood accordingly.

I used pocket holes to make the box sitting on top of the frame.

Then I joined the boards using pocket screws and glue for the sides and bottom.
I also added some screws from the outside for added strength.

Use the jigsaw to cut handle holes on both sides.

Sealer was applied and I used projector to trace the Aztecan pattern onto the box.

Later my wife painted the tracings with black acrylic paint.
When it was dried I put on 2 coats of lacquer with sanding between the 2 coats.

Step 4: Metal Parts

I had to make some metal parts to attach wheels and to attach the trailer to bike's rear axis.

I made 4 pieces for wheels, and 3 pieces for the mechanical connection.

File the sharp edges, sand and then paint all (I painted mine the bike's color)

Mechanical parts were assembled as shown in the last picture.

Step 5: Finishing the Frame

Make the cross part out of Oak (or any hardwood) for connection to the rear axis of the bike.
Drill the vertical hole for the bolt and wing nut that attach the trailer to the mechanical parts.

Add two 45 degree bars for added strength and to unify the frame.

When it is all done sand everything and put sealer and two coats of lacquer,

again sanding between the coats.

Step 6: Putting Everything in Place

Install metal braces and then attach wheels to them.

Then attach the trailer to the mechanical parts.

When trailer is not in use the mechanical parts swing freely

so there is potential danger of them catching up with chain

or spikes. There use rare Earth magnet to hold the pieces from swinging.

Attach the finished box with four screws from the inside onto the wooden frame.

Finally as a nice detail I installed a ''car'' plate.

Step 7: Enjoy Your New, Awesome and Handmade Bike Trailer

Comments

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squirrelchaser made it!(author)2015-06-08

This is almost identical to the design I came up with for my bike trailer. I had a problem with my metal wheel holders though as they were just pieces of flat bar with three holes and a slot drilled in them which were then screwed onto the frame. The problem is they suffered from some vibration issues which cause the screws to mar the holes wider until they popped right out. I was considering using bolts to repair it instead of screws. But I think I'll try your design for the wheel holders, it seems the extra size and the fact that it bends around the corner of the frame secures it better and distributes the forces nicer so you don't get that marring.

May also be the wood I used too (spruce vs cedar).

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DIY+Andrea made it!(author)2015-06-08

I've had similar trailer for the last 2 years. This one I made the base from cedar instead pine, everything else is the same as the previous one.
Although cedar is impervious to weather better than pine I still recommend pine as better choice (rigidity) if you store your trailer under roof (great choices would be Teak, W.Oak, Mahogany)
Metal pieces work great the way they are bent and made, last ones I bolted and these are screwed, I see no difference in performance.

The most Important part to reduce drag and vibrations is that the frame is square AND that the tires run parallel to each other.
Cheers

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Databanks made it!(author)2015-10-10

I've been looking at bike trailer projects for ages & they're all metal or plastic. This happens to come along in my related articles and I just happen to have the timber from a single bed frame and the wheels from a 20" bike sitting idle... yes, I do believe you've solved my design struggles. With no car and only 2 baskets on the bike, shopping's a pain. This will make life so much easier.

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DIY+Andrea made it!(author)2015-10-10

I'm so glad to be able to help, I hope that when you build it you post a picture of it here on Instructables to share it with us! You'll love your trailer! Cheers

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Battlespeed made it!(author)2015-05-03

That wood trailer is beautiful, but I don't think it's very practical in the long run nor is wood the best weight-versus-strength choice of materials that are available. How could this design be translated to something more practical, perhaps starting with a PVC frame?

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DIY+Andrea made it!(author)2015-05-03

Thank you, I have been using my past one for two years (I built an new one just to show my subscribers on YT) and it is VERY practical. It supports over 200 lbs and anyways you can't haul more than that (unless you're Hulk). Still, better version would be to make it from aluminum, but that would be more costly and wouldn't have the charm of wood! Cheers!

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Battlespeed made it!(author)2015-05-03

I'm in the wet Northwest, and it's hard for me to imagine wood being a great choice of materials.

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DIY+Andrea made it!(author)2015-05-03

I used 1'' cedar for the frame and 3/8'' Guanacaste for the box, these species are very good and excellent rot resistant woods - so great choice in wet weather. In fact so good that probably my zinc hex screws will probably rust before the wood rots, which I don't have to worry because I live in dry and sunny Mexico :)

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fakhri75 made it!(author)2015-09-15

Hi Andrea,

Wonderful work ! I am planning a bike trailer build myself. I live in Paris (France) and I think it's hard to get some red cedar and Guanacaste wood.

I read you also use pine wood for the frame, but for the bos, is an other alternative for Guanacaste wood ?

Could you telle me the dimensions of the trailer and the box ?

Thanks.

Sorry for my english.

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DIY+Andrea made it!(author)2015-09-19

Thank you, Sir!
You can use any wood for the whole trailer as long as you put on adequate protection, oak would be nice (but it's heavy)
Some woods are more rot resistant than the others but pine (widely available) should serve you just fine!

The trailer dimensions: base 70x70cm (square) and the box is L70 W45 H40.
For the base use at least 2 cm thick material and for the box you can go as thin as you want to (mine is 1 cm thick material).

Salut!

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IanP3 made it!(author)2015-05-06

I've seen a lot of mods to child bike trailers to turn them into light weight multi-use trailers that aren't hard to do. You could look at those and get one off of craigslist.

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acheide made it!(author)2015-05-04

As long as wood is not trapped in the wet and allowed to dry regularly, it should last.

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badideasrus made it!(author)2015-05-03

it's hard for me to imagine a better material...... we've used it to build everything from boats to airplanes to chests to bowls and plates. if those dont cant deal with stress and abuse, and weather, then nothing can.... properly sealed or painted, it'll last ages.

i also find it hard to imagine pvc being a very GOOD material.... it's brittle, especially when you leave it in the sun or freeze it, and i cant see it holding up very well to a bumpy road....

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glorybe made it!(author)2015-05-22

PVC and sunlight are not such a good mix. If the builder used PVC he would then have to coat it with materials to protect it from sunlight increasing the use of materials and labor. Electro-mechanical tubing is the choice of many builders. Much depends on local conditions. Weight is a huge issue for long distances or areas with hills. In this build appearance was super important and the build looks really nice.

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The+train+man made it!(author)2015-07-27

how much where the tires

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DIY+Andrea made it!(author)2015-07-27

You mean the wheels? Around 35 USD for pair of 20''. Look for used one and you should save a lot. Cheers

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The+train+man made it!(author)2015-08-01

thank you for the pricing. ive been finding them for 25 to 30 usd

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Mystic_Monster7 made it!(author)2015-07-24

Hmm I live near jet fuel, I wonder if this will melt the steel beams

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DIY+Andrea made it!(author)2015-07-24

I don't have any idea why these days people (like you) put up these comments that ironically suggest 9/11 tragedy.
Please stop insulting people and families that lost their loved ones. (and it doesn't matter what caused 9/11, many died on that horrible day).

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michigantinkerer made it!(author)2015-07-23

Andrea, great build! Video and Instructable are both outstanding. I made my own trailer, which was inspired by yours. Here is a link to mine:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Bike-Trailer-9/

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DIY+Andrea made it!(author)2015-07-23

Thank you very much! Your trailer is awesome! Take care!

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AndrewB34 made it!(author)2015-05-11

I love this ....... I've been looking to buy/build one of these so this is perfect for me ........ well described and video'd, I just don't think my hands can work as fast as yours in the video :-)

it really is an 'awesome' project, muchas gracias

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DIY+Andrea made it!(author)2015-07-05

Thank you Andrew!

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brin3679 made it!(author)2015-06-15

hey can you make me one

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DIY+Andrea made it!(author)2015-06-15

If you're in Mexico, I'll be glad to make you one :)

It's very easy to make it, you can do it all with hand tools!

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brin3679 made it!(author)2015-07-05

o well i dnot live in mexico but id love to

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gogglecrab made it!(author)2015-05-04

I was recently planning a bike trailer build myself though I hadn't the slightest idea of where I would start, this is going to help immensely! Beautiful work you've done here, Thanks for sharing!

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glorybe made it!(author)2015-05-22

I have a commercial trailer that is fine. But the one thing I would mention to any builder is to make certain that the top edges are flat as I have found that urges to carry a sheet of plywood or some decent length boards requires that the tops of tires or other obstructions do not stop one from transporting that type of object. When you see a bike trailer think about whether you could carry a surf board laying flat on top of the trailer.

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DIY+Andrea made it!(author)2015-05-04

Thank you very much, I'm sure you'll do great on yours!

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Captain+Robert made it!(author)2015-05-13

Congratulations! I'm glad you won. :)

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DIY+Andrea made it!(author)2015-05-15

Thank you Robert, I'm glad you did, too!
Your project was nothing less of awesome, I hope/wish to see more!
Cheers!

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Rahul+S made it!(author)2015-05-11

Beautiful build! Very envious of your trailer! :)

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DIY+Andrea made it!(author)2015-05-11

Thank you Rahul! No need to be envious, you can build one easily with basic tools!

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tcunningham9 made it!(author)2015-05-11

I want one, and I'm going to try to build one when I settled down.

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JAW101 made it!(author)2015-05-07

cool

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DIY+Andrea made it!(author)2015-05-08

thanks

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Captain+Robert made it!(author)2015-05-06

Brilliant video of a beautiful project! Voted.

I especially like that you use oil to cool the drill.

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DIY+Andrea made it!(author)2015-05-06

Thank you very much Robert! Oil prevents the drill bit to get hot/dull.
The project you made with your bicycle simply awes me, your work is amazing and inspiring!

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xtracycletony made it!(author)2015-05-05

It's so beautiful that I'd almost be afraid to use it! Nice work

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DIY+Andrea made it!(author)2015-05-05

No need to be afraid, it's primarily use is to USE IT :)

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wiedniu made it!(author)2015-05-05

I need it to my work!:)

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DIY+Andrea made it!(author)2015-05-05

We all need one of these :)

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ashleyjlong made it!(author)2015-05-05

Gorgeous pattern!

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DIY+Andrea made it!(author)2015-05-05

Thanks Ashley!

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vbanaszak made it!(author)2015-05-05

I love this! It is so beautiful and practical.

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DIY+Andrea made it!(author)2015-05-05

Thank you!

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SCHLEPIC made it!(author)2015-05-04

Your fast time lapse video showing how you built the trailer was very well put together. Excellent job! The Aztec pattern on the box is also phenominal.

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DIY+Andrea made it!(author)2015-05-04

Thank you, I have a channel on YT so you can check my other videos!

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Danger+is+my+middle+name made it!(author)2015-05-04

Awesome job! It looks beautiful, and it's practical!

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DIY+Andrea made it!(author)2015-05-04

Thank you! Very practical indeed!

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