As with all good instructables, this one was born out of necessity. I needed to get a bunch of stuff from point A to point B.
I am a scavenger so I needed a bike and trailer to get me around to garage sales, curb alerts, landfills, dumpsters, etc. Growing up, I was taught to never let anything go to waste. It's kind of my life's ambition to reclaim, re-purpose, and reuse. We live in a culture of waste, where all goods have become disposable. If you take anything from this instructable, I hope it's an inspiration to think twice before you throw something useful away. I built this entire bike trailer, beautiful and functional as it is, at zero cost entirely from other peoples' trash!
Since Instructables is already inundated with bike trailer tuts, I wouldn't have created this one if I didn't think it was simply better than all the others. In addition to being free, eco-friendly, strong, sturdy, and nimble it was exceedingly simple and quick to make. It required no welding, grinding, sawing, or drilling and took a total of 4 hours of planning and construction! Let me show you how I did it...
Step 1: Gather Materials
This bike trailer was built primarily from two things:
1. A steel framed "Big Wheel" type tricycle
2. An old 10 speed mountain bike
The tools you'll need are very common:
1. Socket or wrench set
2. Allen Key set
3. Pipe wrench
The specific make and model of the trike is a "Micro, Spinmove." Though I don't think its necessary that you track down this exact trike for your own bike trailer, I have to say this one worked out perfectly.
Because the old 10 speed was a junker, it took some extra elbow grease to crack through the layers of rust a grime. However, I'd rather take more time and effort parting out a nonfunctioning bike than dismantle a perfectly good bike. Which leads me to our next step...disassembly.