Using a bike is a great way to zip around town and run errands, but some jobs are a little more than a bike alone can handle. What about carting around jugs of water or groceries? How do you get power tools to a friends' house to work on a project? A backpack can only hold so much!
A bike trailer would be very useful, but what if you can't afford a spiffy new one from the bike shop?
This design can be built using scavenged wood, 2 bike tires, a few borrowed tools, and about $7 worth of braces that can be purchased at your local hardware store!
Step 1: Materials needed
Here is what you will need:''
2 Wooden pallets
(Pallets are an industrial waste product that many businesses throw away. Check with local businesses, free pallets are available in most areas.)
(2x4 or 2x6 lumber works the best. 2 or 3 feet of 2x4 should work fine.)
2 Bike Tires
(Check with your local bike shop, garage sales, police auctions, etc.)
From the Hardware store:''
2 x 3/8" hex bolts (6 1/2" long with nuts and 2 washers for each bolt)
2 x 5/16" carriage bolts (With wing nuts and 1 washer for each bolt)
2 x 2 1/2" Corner braces (See pictures of hitch assembly)
1/2 lb. 2 1/4" Wood Screws
Suggested tools to borrow from a friend:''
1 Circular saw (Skil saw)
1 Pry bar
1 Cordless drill with multiple drill bits and screw bit
1 Band saw or jig saw
Safety Goggles, hearing protection, work gloves