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Mountain Bike Trailer

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This is a small trailer I made for my mountain bike. It was made from recycled materials and some other parts that can be picked up at the hardware store for $10 or less.
 
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Step 1: Main Body

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First, get a storage bin with a lid. Then you need ply-wood. Cut the first piece of ply-wood to fit snugly inside the bin. Cut the second piece larger than the bottom of the bin. Next, make a "sandwich" of Ply-wood one, the bin, then the 2nd piece of ply wood centered on the bottom of the bin. Screw it together with screws.

Step 2: Wheel Mounts

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For this step you will need 2 brackets. They should have holes in them( both for mounting the bike tires and for bolting it to the main body)If the holes are not big enough to fit the wheels, make them bigger.Bolt them to the 2nd (bottom) piece of ply-wood. Now put the bike wheels on like a normal bike.

Step 3: Hitch (bikes part)

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For this you need a piece of metal that is strong but that you can bend. Bend it into a "U" shape. In the middle and on the two ends, make a hole. I used a garden hose hanger for this step but you van use any strong bendable metal.Then Screw it on to your BIKE right above the wheel mount.

Step 4: Hitch (traikers part)

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For this you will need a piece of metal with a "L" shape. Mount the long part of the "L" to the trailer with the short part hanging off the front of the trailer, this part will form the removable hitch, the short part will go through the hole in the "U" it the previous step.

Step 5: Try it out

You may need to make minor agustments as you test your new bike trailer. HOPE I HELPED!
admin5 years ago
Hey, this is a great instructable and is very informative. Just one thing is missing... pictures! It really helps a lot when trying to follow directions so you should consider taking some photographs. Once you do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks! Thanks for the cool instructable and we hope to publish this soon!
JohnMichael3 years ago
usually when one turns, the bicycle leans to one side. this does not appear to take that into account. It looks like the torque would eventually damage the piece connecting the trailer to the bicycle.
You spelled "Trailers" wrong in step 4.
playahboy5 years ago
from the bike to the trailor
playahboy5 years ago
For the metal piece you can just use the front of an old bike.
angusmacgyver (author)  playahboy5 years ago
what metal peice do you mean?
I think he's saying you can use a rigid fork
I just did my first couple instructables a couple weeks ago. I did a trailer that even used a bin like yours. It looks cool, I would just add some close up pictures of exactly how the hitch looks attached. Also it might be helpful to show how you mounted the blocks between the wheel and the bin. I look forward to your pictures. I am about 60% done with a long bed trailer I will be posting soon. Good job. Anything to get more time on a bike is good with me. Couchchangeracing
i just screwed a 2by4 in there. i did this so the metal wheel mounts didnt bend in. for yours, if they bend anyway try the forks on the front of a bike