Introduction: Bike Trailer

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a diy weld free and cheap bike trailer wich can be made for £10!!

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This is the hard part of makeing the trailer "if you only have a hand saw and you are 13 years of age" but any way moveing on you will need too cut...

7 30inc lenths of 2x1 timber "FOR THE MAIN FRAME"
4 4inc lenths of 2inc flat metal bar "WHEEL BRACES"

and lie them out in place like on the pic below.

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now you will need to start to screw it together and bolt the wheel braces on "I used wood screws for my trailer but you could nail it together but I would not recormend it !! same for the wheels braces if you dont have any bolts i would not recormend nails but screws would be ok but bolts are the best for that job !

BEFOR YOU BUT THE WHEELS BRACES ON FIT THE WHEELS to them ANY SIZE wheels WILL DO AS LONG AS THAY ARE THE SAME !!

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Right now that you have done all of that i will say this now "" I DO NOT TAKE ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOU AND YOUR TRAILER IF YOU HURT YOUR SELF WHILST BUILDING THIS TRAILER OR USEING IT IT IS NOT MY PROBLEM YOU ARE RESPONSABLE FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR TRAILER IF IT SNAPS IN HALF IN THE RUSH HOUR TRAFIC ITS NOT MY RESPONSIBILITY YOU USE AND MAKE THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK THANKS FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING!""




moveing on now will be the best time to paint your trailer if you want too but you will now need to start makeing the draw bar a.k.a the meatle bit on the front of the trailer the meatle that i used was 1 inch wide roof bar "it is used to hold tin roofs down and roof timbers down" but any old thing will do even wood but metal is the strong its best off screwed on to the timber frame or bolts woud be good it you have that many. bolt it to geather in the middle where it joins

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The hich. now i used a rally chain gard off my grandads bike but any old flat meatal will do. you need to get a eye bolt and bolt it on to your chain gard/flat bit of meatl then but it on the thing that holds you bike wheels on "I'm Not responsable if your is not strong enough to hold the weight of your trailer" like on the pics below to hich the trailer up you will need a chain link like on 1 of the pics below its so easy to do

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finishing off put reflecters on it !! and a light you will also need to put a base of some sort on it like I used mesh put wood would do screw in eyes to hold things on and a tool box for break downs and last but not least some crods to hold your cargo down ! if you bild one i would love to see some pics please levave me a comment and i'll give you my e-mail NO SPAM PLEASE !!!!

Good luck !

Comments

2 stroke (author)2010-07-12

i have a welder cani use bedframe angle iron instead of the wood it will be cheaper foe me

2 stroke (author)2 stroke 2010-08-25

i amnot good at basic wood working i tend to split wood easyly i have a lot of very light bedframe that i have scrounged and collected over the years from the curbs

matroska (author)2 stroke 2010-08-25

The metal would probably be much stronger, but much heavier also. Browse for some square bars and see how heavy it is? Also check the pricing. If you don't need the additional strenght, wood is the way to go IMO.

Brookers (author)2009-09-07

I'm building a similar bike trailer right now and I have used the metal reinforcement to connect the wheel axle, but now I'm realizing I will have to remove the metal in order to change a flat, any ideas to get around this?

Yerboogieman (author)2009-02-08

How would you use stroller wheels? should i make the trailer smaller?

hedgiehog (author)2008-08-13

i made one similar to this yesterday, boy they are easy to make and really sturdy! I didnt have any mesh but i made it a perfect fit for milk crates. Good job!

naruto 777 (author)2008-08-03

if you had more wood, you could make a covered trailer, but anyway, great job ill probably make one

technosapien (author)2008-07-15

Looks like they're what you used but for anyone else watching: lag bolts are ideal for attaching the metal plates to the wood as they will bite into the wood and are prevented from spinning freely once they're tightened. Great idea, might have to make myself one of these. Thanks!

leebryuk (author)2008-05-13

I like it. Simple, inexpensive and can be built with a minimal of tools and construction knowledge. Well done.

smarino (author)2008-04-03

Excellent, basic, simple trailer. I love it. If you cut a piece of plywood for a bottom it would really strengthen things up, and you could carry some heavy stuff. I would think that you could use some PVC pipe and glue one up too, but I like the wood idea for easy assembly and few needed tools. Congratulations.

Handsome-Ryan (author)2007-11-08

You should glue the wood pieces together before you add the screws. Used correctly, wood glue is much stronger than the surrounding wood. The screws are needed only to hold the joints until the glue has dried. Overall a nice trailer design but you might add some cross bracing to distribute the load of the cargo over the whole trailer instead of allowing it to be focused on the single center support member.

n0ukf (author)Handsome-Ryan2008-03-18

But be sure it's a glue that says "waterproof" after it dries. I'm not sure about Elmer's, but I believe Titebond2 is good in this respect. If not, maybe Titebond3, or Gorilla Glue (be careful, it foams as it cures, so keep joints tight). Cross bracing also helps keep it square, especially since you're pulling it mostly from one side.

Cheswick32 (author)2007-12-29

I think i can spruce it up a bit by adding sides and a floor to it.

Joss2007 (author)Cheswick322007-12-29

Hi M8, its got a floor. I did not but sides on it as I have used it to carry large things. sides would just get in the way but a good plan!

Joss2007 (author)2007-11-13

i have just pulled an old fashond push mower "ways a tone" 6 miles and the trailer was a ok the hitch was fine :)

camp6ell (author)2007-11-07

i like the hook and eye attachment. to me, the hitch is the weak point on most trailer designs, but i think it's the strongest part of this design. i might modify it so that one side of the U-shape on the trailer was permanently attached to the trailer arm and you just pull in or out a non-load bearing bolt to attach/remove trailer.

Joss2007 (author)2007-11-03

the hitch looks a bit dodgy but i can really say it works great !!! and its very very strong and durable !!

LinuxH4x0r (author)2007-11-02

Nice, but the way it attaches makes me a little nervous. Good idea- I should build one.

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