A Bike Trailer? That's Unheard Of!

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Here's another bike trailer, yep, another one. I did one thing that I haven't seen anyone else do so I thought I might as well post.

Step 1: Find Your Frame

I built my last bike trailer from scratch, but I had a full metal shop at my disposal, I was stressed out that I didn't have a bike trailer until I saw this baby stroller one Sunday afternoon in Notre Dame de Grace. when I was out looking at all the beautiful garbage that my upwardly mobile neighbors throw out.

Step 2: Strip

So I tore of everything I didn't need, which in this case means the front wheel and all the fabric.

Step 3: Et En Plus

It pretty much looked like a trailer at this point, but I thought a bed would be useful, so I found some boards and screwed them onto the frame. Man, whenever I upload photos to Instructables they show up overexposed, do you get that too?

Step 4: Rear Front Fork

So, as promised, here's the only interesting part of my Instructable. I never really liked the long curvy bar or straight bar to the seat post methods of attaching the trailer, for my first trailer I built something that was a lot like a bike fork, tied and bolted to the frame around the back wheel, this time, forced to think due to a lack of resources, I just grabbed an extra front fork and bolted it to the back.

Step 5: Fin

So now you're ready to carry around all that heavy shit you've been finding. Like home made furniture made from doors and windows, and scrap metal. One thing that would help is a kickstand for the front of the trailer, as it tends to tip the bike over with its weight. I'll get around to that eventually. Bonne Chance!

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    joshfromga

    8 years ago on Step 5

     Wow! i finally found someone else using strollers as a trailer. The front fork hitch is brilliant, btw. much better than the bent piece of metal chair frame i came up with.

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    motroccojoshfromga

    Reply 8 years ago on Step 5

    I have to agree with both points here. Stroller (push chair) is a great idea for a trailer. Really do like your hitch as I've be looking on here for strong looking ones and this seems the best seen so far. Great work.

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    hilldomainmotrocco

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    the fork is strong but where it is attached to frame unless you drill out the holes in the frame for bigger screws it seems like the weak point as I am trying it out on my bike now. There are different movements required in a hitch -pitch roll etc. I can see the weight of the trailer twisting these bolts right off and the forks going right into the back wheel. thats worst case scenario maybe downhill uneven terrain hit a pot hole or something.

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    hilldomain

    3 years ago on Introduction

    One thing though. It is better for stability/turning etc with the hitch farther forward. That is why people do the ugly seat post thing. If you could do it on a car it would be better as well.

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    hilldomain

    3 years ago on Introduction

    how are all the different directions of movement accomplished? pitch roll etc? I have been toying with the fork idea combined with the neck from the bike but havent figured it out yet.

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    fgunnar

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the idea.

    Is the fork strong enough to hold all the trailer's weight?

    Should I get a steel or aluminum fork?

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    MasterPrime

    6 years ago on Introduction

    i got a question , Hi is it possible to use the stroller to make a tricycle rear attachemt to i can modify my bicycle oh just a cool trailer like yours :)

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    rimar2000

    6 years ago on Introduction

    That idea of the fork is very good. I was thinking to do the same but using plain steel rod.

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    onemoroni1

    7 years ago on Step 4

    I like it and like the other comments the hitch is great. I thought of using a baby thing, but the thrift stores want too much, so I bought a golf bag cart for $6 and made one. I published the project, but don't see it here yet. I guess it takes a while to show?

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    SciFctn

    8 years ago on Step 3

    cool, thanks.

    I'm gonna have a trip to the hardware store, and see if maybe I can use clamps + bolts instead of drilling through the frame...will keep you posted

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    SciFctn

    8 years ago on Step 3

    Cool repurpose!
    I have an old burly child carrier trailer I want to add a wooden bed to, a couple questions:

    Did you drill the frame before you screwed in the boards?
    What kinds of screws are those? regular wood screws?
    Also, does drilling/screwing through the frame weaken the metal tube?

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    MN218SciFctn

    Reply 8 years ago on Step 3

    yep I drilled it, I suppose it does weaken it, but I never carried anything heavy enough to crush the frame. just regular wood screws. Good luck!

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    Pedalit

    8 years ago on Step 4

    You likely have to pry the fork open to do this. It's probably not a big deal because you won't be putting your weight on it anymore.

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    MN218Pedalit

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    definitely have to pry, might be better to cut out the chain stay, bb, dropout section of a junked frame.

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    matroska

    8 years ago on Introduction

    ET VOILÀ ce que je fais l'été prochain! Car là notre hiver s'en vient... Super, je magazinais des idées de trailer à vélo; c'est pas mal la solution idéale ça!

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    Freyberger

    8 years ago on Introduction

    I just found one of the same strollers yesterday. Thanks for you instructable I am starting my project today

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    BadgerDervy

    8 years ago on Step 4

    What a great idea!! I was going to try this but the only front fork i had was two narrow between the two dropouts for fitting to a rear wheel.

     I LOVE THIS!!  I stumbled upon this last year and decided to give it a try.  I did a couple of mods including making the stroller parts flat and adding wood supports.  I had been struggling with the hitch, but you fixed that!  At best, this has hauled a load of 125lbs.  I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS WITHOUT ADDING A THIRD WHEEL IN THE FRONT!!  I bent an axle!  Thanks for the great ible!

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    dollywild

    9 years ago on Step 5

    Sorry, I'm dense, but I don't see how the trailer is attached to the extra bike fork. Help? My neighbor's also throw out wonderful stuff.

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    MN218dollywild

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 5

    yep, just a carabiner through a hole in the fork and another hole in the trailer.