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A simple and nice PVC kayak cart to be towed with your bike.
I have a kayak, I don't have a car, and I didn't want any metal trailer that could be expensive, heavy and rusty. I checked around a little and was inspired by some folks. Finally I made my own design. There are great ideas out there, please search and take a look at different models before starting, you can always adjust the idea to your own needs.
Initially, I intended to do the simplest thing, but eventually I added a little bit of sophistication because I can' t help it!

The greatest of all, the ones I was inspired by:
1) Kayak Cart from kayakfisher66
2) [http://www.youtube.comwatch?v=IGSXOoHBpIk Milkcrate Kayak Cart Assembly from quocducnguyen]
3) Towing a kayak from virgkw

I hope you like it!


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Un carrito simple, de PVC, para llevar el kayak con tu bici.
Tengo un kayak, no tengo auto, y no queria un trailer de metal que podria ser pesado, caro y se terminara oxidando. Estuve mirando un poco aqui y alla y fui inspirado por algunos ejemplos. Al final, termine haciendo mi propio disenho. Hay ideas geniales por ahi, te recomiendo buscar y mirar distintos modelos antes de empezar, siempre se puede ajustar la idea a tus propias necesidades!
Al principio, mi intencion era hacer el modelo mas simple, pero la final le termine agregando un poquito de sofisticacion, no lo pude evitar :p

Los mejores de todos, los que me inspiraron:
1) Kayak Cart, de kayakfisher66
2) Milkcrate Kayak Cart Assembly, de quocducnguyen
3) Towing a kayak, de virgkw

Espero que te guste!

Step 1: Materials // Materiales

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The cart will be made from PVC tube. Mine is of 40mm diameter (the cheapest I found) but of course you can use whichever you think will do best (e.g. if you need to carry a rather heavy kayak, etc). I bought one 4m-long tube and that was more than enough.

I used the following PVC pieces:

A) two 'T' connections
B) eight '135 degrees' connections (they call it "45 degrees corner" here, I don't know why, the piece doesn't have a single 45 degree angle!)
C) two 'Y' connections (again, note that they are not really Y, since they are not symmetric!")
D) one '90 degrees corner' (here they are called 'elbows' :p )
E) two 'female-female' connections (I don't know the correct name..)
F) two plastic wheels (these are the cheapest I found, you could use stronger ones or any kind)
G) one 3/4" PVC tube (this one is a little more expensive since it's used for hot water, etc.)
H) two 3/4" to 1/2" adapters for G
I) one metal threaded rod (the diameter must be the right size to be used as the axis for the wheels) with it's nuts and washers.
J) one male-male 1/2" PVC tube (10cm long, or the shortest you can find, we'll only use the threads).

We will also need
one flask of glue for PVC
one small manual saw (or whatever you have at hand for cutting hard plastic)
a PVC thread-making device (don't know the technical name) for 3/4" tubes
Some good music to work...

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El carrito se hara en tubo de PVC. El de mi ejemplo es de 40mm de diam. (el mas barato que encontre) pero por supuesto que vos podes usar el que creas conveniente (por ej. si necesitas llevar un kaya, pesado, etc). Yo compre un tramo de 4m de tubo y fue mas que suficiente.

Usamos las las siguiente piezas de PCV:

A) dos conexiones 'T'
B) ocho conexiones '135 grados' (aca las llaman "codos de 45 grados", no entiendo por que, si no tienen ningun angulo de 45 grados!, pero bueh...)
C) dos conexiones 'Y' (que tampoco son verdaderas Y porque no son simetricas, ver la foto)
D) una esquina 90 grados (o tambien llamada "codo de 90 grados")
E) dos conexiones hembra-hembra (no se bien el nombre correcto, creo que es 'cupla')
F) dos ruedas plasticas (estas son las mas baratas que encontre, pero se pueden usar otras segun las necesidades, hay de distintos tipos, inflables, etc.)
G) un tubo de PVC de 3/4" (estos son color marrron, un poquito mas caros porque son aptos para agua caliente, etc)
H) dos adaptadores de 3/4" a 1/2" para el tubo marron del pto G) (jejej)
I) una varilla roscada de metal (el diametro tiene que ser el necesario para que sirva como eje a las ruedas) con sus tuercas y arandelas.
J) un tubo de 10cm (o lo mas corto que encuentren) macho-macho (creo que el nombre es nipple o algo asi) del PVC de 1/2"

Tambien vamos a necesitar
un pote de pegamento para PVC
una pequenha sierra manual (o cualquier cosa que tengas a mano para cotar plastico duro)
una terraja para PVC de 3/4" (para hacer la rosca al canho de PVC, quizas la conocen con otros nombres como roscadora, etc.)
un poco de buena musica para trabajar...
<p>Awesome instructable! This is going to be super helpful in the construction of my kayak trailer. Im working on making one from a walker. Hope to post pics when its finished</p>
great ible - i always thought of doing something simillar for a surfboard but then i got a car :P<br/><br/>i think its called a 45 degree angle because its bent 45 degrees from straight(180 - 135 = 45). if it were against a wall for example it would bend the pipe 45 from the wall <br/>
yes, I thought so (the 45 degrees issue), but still.. Anyway, it would take me forever to learn the "correct" names of all the magic stuff there is around there... Thanks for commenting!
and the y looks like a lowercase y?
Exactly, like these:<br>http://www.flexpvc.com/indexWyes.shtml<br><br>http://www.roapipeline.com/PICS%20WEB/12%20PVC%20&amp;%20CPVC/ROA%20Y%20DE%20PVC%20CED%2080%20W2.jpg<br><br>http://www.atozsupply.com/images/product_images/pvcwye.jpg<br>
oh, and I suggest having a T pointing downward, from the top part to keep the kayak from sliding out.
Yes but how about a bike cart for your kayak?
I always have that problem, I can't tow my bike in my kayak, I am forced to hold it over my head, and scream battlecries at passing boats so they don't run me over.
As this is an incredible 'able, I laughed soo hard on the previous comment!! Thanks I needed it been a bad day. Anyways I was thinking maybe instead of the small wheels you could possibly use air inflated ones? Other then that ingenious!!!!
It is hard to tell how long you kayak is from the pictures but I might have the answer to your problem. Take one of those fork-mount stand things that would normally be installed in the bed of a pickup truck and install it behind the opening you sit in. Then, take something similar to the wheel strap/cradle of any Thule/Yakima bike rack and mount it in the rear where your back tire rests. Sure you might be a little top-heavy, but at least you don't have to leave your bike around.
Would make for a great ible.
But really great job!
is there any way to adapt this to fit to a car trailer hitch?
I agree about the wheels, pneumatic would be better. Mostly, though, I'd like to see how it was hitched up to the bike. Photos of it in action would help.
I have updated the instructable now, tell me what you think!
Very good project! Excellently documented! I love how this Instructable is bilingual! Keep it up!
thanks :)
great project! i'd agree with alanv73 re: viewing it hitched to the bike.
yes sorry folks, now it is shown. Just one version, of course. The best of all is the one you adjust to your needs. What to you think of the hitching now?
Nice! And bilingual, too!
thanks for the first comment! Yes, I would like to see more bilingual instructables (although I understand that it takes twice as much time to do it... but you reach more than twice as much people!) Thanks for commenting!
Great idea! The only thing I'd suggest right off the bat is to replace the wheels with ones better able to handle high speed. You could salvage 12-20" wheels from a child's bike for this purpose.
sure, the wheels are not the best ones. I was about to buy the inflatable ones, but they are way more expensive and require maintenance... But of course, with a child's bike wheels, it has to be more "speed-resistant"! Thanks for the idea. Good luck!
Great. Do you have a profile photo of it attached to a bicycle?
soon, my friend!!
I suppose I could do something like this for my canoe. I have to lug it up and down a huge hill.
yes, you could. Just be sure to use tubes that are strong enough. For a canoe I don't think I would use the 40mm white PVC ones. Just go around your nearest workshop and see! Good luck!

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