Introduction: Folding Cart for Your Bicycle or Shopping When Walking to the Market

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Walking Biking Shopping Cart

I started this build over 2.5 years ago I needed a bike cart that did not take up my entire garage it had to hold at least 30 lbs I have easily hit 50 lbs its very strong and rugged . About 6 months ago I started walking for exercise and weight loss so I added a handle and leg with my bike cart, still works as a bike cart. I walk 2 miles now to buy groceries using this cart I find there are so many uses for this cart now I toss it in my car and hit the farmers market or flea market I like this cart better then the carts in the stores and I need no bags. In the 2.5 years I have made this cart I have over 200 miles on it.

UPDATE I made a second cart I ironed out many short falls second cart is for walking only but easy to add a bike towing option I don't give exactly wear to cut or bolt stuff on your cart might be a different make or a person only 5' tall I'm 6'4" so my handle need to be higher then your handle, but if you look at the photos its easy to make you just need the cart.

Step 1: Its Easy to Build

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First you need to find a BagBoy golf bag cart they fold up they are very strong I have brought 3 of them all at yard sales, 2 for one dollar each, and 1 for 5 dollars one thing to watch for make sure the wheels have ball bearings the 5 dollar one only had sleeves and would start making noise if I did not keep them oiled

You will need to fit your cart for how tall you are ,and your bike I can't tell you were to cut so I put lots of photos of thing to help you watch for and tips when building your cart + some parts I found you wont find the same part but can make something or find a different solution when you have cart open its fairly obvious it really is easy to build .

Step 2: Gorilla Glue Is Great Stuff.

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You will need to glue some old bike tires on the cart wheels the wheels on golf carts are for grass I used Gorilla glue small nails to hold them in place when drying I have well over 200 miles on these wheels now the Gorilla Glue is great stuff.

UPDATE. I am trying the new cart without gluing on tire covers as it just for tossing in my car and shopping at the farmers market and grocery shopping if it turns out the wheels wear fast I will put on the bike tires and add photos of how I do that.

Step 3: Leg and Handel

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I had some old antenna parts but you get the idea ACE Hardware or Home Depot I have more pictures of the leg and handle coming up.

UPDATE. I used the steel plates they make for hanging light fixtures form the ceiling brought at ACE and I used the ends that you have to cut off of the cart for the leg and handle I use 2" pins to lock leg and handle this works way better then the antenna parts see all photos .

Step 4: Check Online

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I looked on line at bike trailers to see how they hooked to there bikes this is how I did it.

Step 5: Compact

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small fits about anywhere

Step 6: Hang It

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it weights about 10 to 12 lbs so you can hang it up for storage

Step 7: Keep All the Pieces

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When you take your cart keep the straps nuts bolts

Step 8: Baskets

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I found the blue one a Costco and the gray one at Walmart when I am carrying something heavy like watermelons I put the gray one into the blue one

Step 9: Just a Close Up

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before I added handle and leg I use a small lock when towing lock is not there

Step 10: Plywood and Metal Brackets

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thin plywood and metal brackets for floor of cart.

UPDATE. just some extra shots I used Simpson metal brackets ACE or any hardware store will carry and some 1/4 scrap door skin plywood some of the shots I wanted to carry 2 baskets at a time but was not able to get were it would balance well.

Step 11: A Few Shots With 2 Baskets

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2 baskets would work but had to be careful when loading them I was able to topple cart when trying 2 baskets one of the nice things about this cart in the configuration I have made it that it is so stable even when your carrying a full cart in fact it becomes easier to walk with a load in this cart over an empty cart.

Step 12: A Second or Third Better Look at Leg and Handle

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A better look at how I did the handle and legs I use wing nuts so I can fold handle and leg you definitely need this to be strong

UPDATE this is only of the first cart build

Step 13: Loads How to Secure

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Typical small load its very easy to roll its a 2 mile walk over dirt trails you can see the watermelon why I started using the gray hard box to keep watermelon from rolling around

UPDATE I used the Carabiner to hold the pack my bags from Costco had a stitched loop that worked perfect you might have to come up with some thing a bit different

Step 14: Score Card

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I almost forgot this shot like I said earlier keep all the bits you will find them useful

UPDATE the steel plate works way better

Comments

Krwhome (author)2017-09-15

I just read what I wrote sorry it's a bit disjointed I am not the best writer


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curbowman (author)2017-09-14

An ICE trike with electric assist! Can you write about your experience with that trike?

Krwhome (author)curbowman2017-09-15

I brought the motor and battery's from Electric Bike Solutions the motor is a 48 V system with a twin battery pack I do long rides ICE makes a great bikes when I brought my Ice bike they were the only ones that had the cane helpers and what the bike shop called a chain gobbler that allowed you to adjust for different height people the bike without the electric motor and battery's was around 3600 with motor and battery's about 5500. I do 60+ mile rides using the motor and would never have a bike without a motor ever-again the most practical you can do if you ride a lot ICE recumbent bikes are very comfortable bikes on smooth roads or trails but not that great on ruff roads because I have moved to a small town were the roads are not so great I will be doing one of two things upgrade to a Velo Scorpion electric Bike, or I can add the full suspension kit to my ICE bike( I think ICE is still the only bike you can do that kind of up grade too), also its the only bike you can change the rear from 20" rear to a 26" rear if I upgrade my ice bike it will run about another 1200 to 1500 bucks the Scorpion with twin battery's run's a bit over 10.000 with factory twin battery's & motor. If your roads are really bad just get the Velo Scorpion the ICE bike is more versatile but keep what kind of roads you have. My ICE bike is getting old with lots of miles on it the Scorpion is worth the money 10 grand is still a lot of money so that is were I am to-date do I spend 10.000 + or 1500 and rebuild the battery packs in about a year another 500 to 800 bucks A lot of people would think wow 10000 for a bike but I use mine like a car with the trailer I do all my shopping and no gas or insurance

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2017-09-07

This is really cool. I have been looking for a good system for bike shopping trips. I have just been using a kid's passenger trailer.

Glad you like it and it works so well I hope you build one if you have any questions about it feel free to ask

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