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Kiddie Bike Trailer, all grown up

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When my kids were young, we purchased a two-seater bike trailer from Costco that could double as a stroller.    That thing followed my bike everywhere.  But, as is the nature of children, they grew up.  They learned to ride their own bikes and the trailer was banished to the storage shed where it has stayed for the past four years. 

While cleaning out the shed recently , we rediscovered the trailer and decided to refurbish it into something a bit more appropriate for my now-older children.  Because we often ride our bikes to go shopping, the most logical solution was to transform it into a cargo trailer. 

My eight year old son (Jacob) took all of the pictures to document our project. 
 
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Step 1: Remove fabric

Use a utility knife, scissors, or other cutting tool to remove the fabric.  The fabric is not needed for this project, so, unless you are going to reuse it for another project, take this opportunity to release some of that pent-up aggression.  Hack away! 

Unfortunately, after 4 years in the storage shed, the fabric was practically falling off of our frame, so no hacking for us. :-(

Step 2: Take your top off

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We don't need the upper frame portion of the trailer, so we are going to remove it.  On our trailer, the upper frame was attached with bolts at each of the four corners.  Jacob removed these bolts and the top came off in one piece. 

We were left with a relatively flat base upon which to build. 
aiyabibi2 years ago
Those are such adorable snowman! They look so cute with their hats and sweaters!
jxross (author)  aiyabibi2 years ago
i think you commented on the wrong Instructable.
ilpug2 years ago
Well done. The last two pictures say it all.
lime3D ilpug1 year ago
couldn't resist
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Outstanding! I have a garage-sale kiddie trailer that is waiting to be recycled into a dog trailer, so I have been cruising 'Ibles for ideas. Two thumbs up.

The current dog and cargo trailer is a plastic storage tub (lid off for transporting the dog), but I plan to make one that he can step into instead of lifting him. Mine will have to be open on top to allow for the nieghborhood children to pet their unofficial mascot as he makes his rounds.
bradleyb6232 years ago
Great idea! How many people have given you bad looks, though, thinking that the cage is for your children?
jxross (author)  bradleyb6232 years ago
During our last shopping trip, we rode to Costco, which is about 6 miles each way. As you can imagine, after shopping at Costco, the trailer was quite full. About three miles from home, Jacob's bike tire went flat. With no compressed air or tools available, we improvised. We strapped the bike on top of the trailer and sat Jacob on top of the bike. I can tell you that there were more than a few people laughing and pointing at us that day!

If the trailer would have been empty, Jacob most assuredly would have been inside!
Immigine the looks you would have got then :>)
dancsnrain2 years ago
Well done. Mine I converted into a garbage can transporter to get it out to the curb.
alancasey2 years ago
Bravo! Great reuse! Nice product, Excellent instructable.
profpat2 years ago
like it! will also cage my youngest son if naughty!
Very nice reuse! :)
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