Step 3: Attach the Wheels and Front Leg

Temporarily clamp on the forks with the wheels installed to figure out where the cart would be balanced so that some weight remains on the front end where it will hook up.

I made a front leg for the cart so it can stand on its own, e.g. if you want to take it into the gocery store (an exercise in social engineering I have not tried yet). The leg has to be in the right place to balance, yet to not interfere with the bike. I initially wanted to attach one of the swivel wheels salvaged from the original undecarriage, but it didn't work very well, so I scrapped the idea and am keeping them wheels for future projects.

Keep in mind you need a strong part of the cart to weld to, so you might be constrained by that. If this is a problem you could weld a different piece of scrap metal to a strong piece of the cart and then to the fork.
Mark the spot, weld on the forks.

Fix welds on the cart that may have come loose in the straightening process.
<p>That looks awesome - i might build one in my next vacation :)</p><p>Here&acute;s another shopping-cart-related project I just finished, if you are interested:</p><p>https://www.instructables.com/id/Coat-Rack-made-from-Shopping-Cart-Hooks/</p>
Never mind the bent basket, This is the best design I have yet seen, The only thought I have is with a heavy load the best braking comes from the back. Is the there a way to put on a center or side pull brake system with with a quick connect/ disconnect system that could be put in? If your load overtake's you It's scarey. but still A wonderful design. I might be able to help.
I love how you used a mashed up basket. Well done
I made one and its awesome! I have yet to use it to actually get something from one place to another but I still love it, although it is a pain to tow up the hill, especially when your bike only has about 5 gears
Show us a picture!
I will get pics up as soon as possible
very useful instructable. i like the idea of using a old beat up cart that would have been scrap otherwise. great job!
This cart will go perfect with the 66cc motor I just added to my 10 speed. Got the kit from gasbikes.net I've been having fun the last 4 months riding around doing about 30 mph, and I can go 140 - 150 miles on a little over a 1/2 gallon of mixxed gas. <br> I've been thinking of going out on weekend camping trips riding 1 day out and come back the next. I could have everything all packed up in the cart.
You misspelled a word. Your incorrect spelling was &quot;moskitos&quot;. The correct spelling is &quot;moskeetoes&quot; :)
Oh man. You know, that one is stuck in my head in its German spelling and I get it wrong every chance I get. Thanks, fixed :-)
How did you end up attaching the forks to the cart?&nbsp; A picture of what you welded to would have made this step a lot better.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> Thanks<br />
I keep meaning to get a pic to respond to your question. I welded the sides of the forks to a thicker wire (~8mm) that ran down the side of the cart in an S-curve. The &quot;s&quot; gave me three attachmetn points. Probably not the most solid way to do it. <br /> Since then the fork has pulled loose on one side. I re-attached it with some thick wire using a Clamptite (http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=1&amp;p=59452&amp;cat=1,43456) tool. It's been running will with that repair since. <br />
haha and here I am thinking nobody has made an Instructable on this yet. silly me. I just "acquired" a cart and I was thinking about doing this exact same thing. thanks for the basic idea to work with.
If I were to do one thing different this time around, I think it's to make it sit lower on the wheels. Maybe use a threaded rod as the axle or so, rather than the forks. There is a fair bit of vibration where they are attached. That said, it's lasting not too badly and has been on many a garbage-eve trip.
yeah im in the process of figuring out a good method to mount the wheels, with my limited tools at the moment it may take a while. but we'll see.
Nice Idea...if I can find a crappy cart I will definetly give this a try!!!
ingenious! i wouldnt have even tried with such a wreak of a trailer, but you seem to have pulled it off perfectly!
Great utilization of old stuff to make a very useful little trailer.
Very cool idea, and it even looks nice too!
awsome build!
Great idea! Carts are light and very solid. Looks like a vintage car with "wings" at the back where the handle attached :) Just be sure to always have permission to get/use a broken cart. A new cart costs the store $150-$400 depending on model so they may not appreciate people "liberating" their carts.

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