I know what you are thinking - "Geez, another bicycle trailer?" There are a bunch of great bike trailers on Instructables, I know because I studied (here's the COLLECTION I created). I studied because I've been wanting to build one for years. As luck would have it, I just traded a bulky office partition for a Yakima CaddyYak. This is actually quite a nice kid transporter and, as I recently learned, Yakima does not build them any longer. This trailer folds up into a neat little package and will hold up to 100 pounds. I'm going to strip it down and rebuild it for my own purposes.
Reasons To Own A Bicycle Trailer:
- Yard Sailing in the neighborhood.
- Journeys at Burning Man - ice gathering and day/night trips.
- Cruiser ride - KA-Boom Box and beer cooler transporter.
- Grass clippings and yard waste - I don't own a wheelbarrow.
- Beer runs.
- Picnic in the park.
- Kids grew up.
- Removing the nylon cover and keeping it intact for later use.
- Removing the child seat - I had to cut it off.
- Attaching to my bike - The CaddyYak requires that you use a special axle to clip onto your bike wheel. The axle was not included in my trade. I'll think of something.
- Creating a floor bed - The vinyl was the floor bottom and I want light and sturdy metal for the base.
- Servicing the wheels, tires and inner tubes.
- Adding safety lights and reflective gear.
- Making a new flag - Ms. Zoid has volunteered for this task.
I had trouble finding information on my new trailer so I called Yakima, the nice lady on the phone sent me a PDF of my model (which I have shared on this page).
Yakima CaddyYak Hack
- I added LED lights to my trailer for a nighttime cruiser ride with my friends. You can view it HERE.