In my effort to carry more things with my bike I decided to build a cargo trailer. It wasn't going to be a typical trailer though, I wanted something that was Heavy Duty, maybe something that could handle most household appliances. So I got started just like every other good home made bike trailer, with a pair of garbage picked wheels and a set of tires that were given to me for free.
Here is a quick run down of the main features of the trailer:
- Large 28"x41" deck
- Mounts with a quick release ball joint to any bike rack
- 1" square steel tube frame can accommodate up to 700c/29" wheels and tires
- 100mm drop out spacing to allow for most bicycle front wheels
- Space for tool box with tools, straps, and bungee cords
- Adjustable pulling arm to allow mounting to any bike
There is also a great post on the Utility Cycling blog about this bike move, Bike Move!
If you just watched the video your probably wondering, How much can I really tow with a bike? Well the company www.bikesatwork.com sells cargo bike trailers and has some great references on hauling large items on bikes. Check out the How much can I haul? page for a calculator on towing weight. They state that "...most people can comfortably pull 300 lbs (137 kg) with a typical mountain bike and cargo trailer..." Also check out these links for bike gearing and moving advice, Hauling Cargo by bike I have not purchased anything from this company but from the info they give and the pictures of their trailers in action I believe they sell a good product, but its just a little pricey.
So now that you see the potential behind a simple bike trailer, lets go build one!
NOTE: In order to use this bike trailer you must have a bike rack