Another Bike Trailer Improved




About: I am liking the flexible schedule of retirement to do things and love this site for ideas to amuse myself.

In 2011 I created a bike trailer from a golf cart and you can review the steps I did to convert it to the trailer in my first instructable. I have had it in use since then and I have another thrift store bike and improvements to share. Thanks to dbc 1218 bicycle cargo trailer instructable for the hitch idea and source.

The original universal and hitch design failed after a couple hundred miles. I created another and then I saw dbc 1218 instructable and adapted his hitch to my trailer. I moved the bike hitch frame down and adapted to attach to the existing threaded mounting holes near the rear axle. I found the appropriate size bolts at the local chain hardware in the metric bolt selection. I found after a few weeks I needed to use loctite as they loosened up.

I had to replace the wheels of the original design because of an accident and bought another $7 golf cart from the thrift store. It had a folding handle that I adapted to work as a stand and adapted a web strap from same to strap it up when in use.

I would like to have a different basket and haven't found what I would like to be permanent, therefore I am using bungees to hold it on the trailer. Just a personal quirk at this time. I am thinking of small bike tires for the trailer too if I can get them free.

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    4 years ago on Introduction

    I suggest going to your local police department. Many have unclaimed bicycles and parts in storage that they auction off once or twice a year. Great for parts...

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    5 years ago on Introduction

    I built the same thing last summer! I thought I had an original idea too.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I am a bit concerned over the way the trailer attaches near the rear axle of the bike. It is a clean build but that attachment just looks like forces would be concentrated at that point.

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you for your comment. If you are referring to stress on the bike frame there is no problem. I am using the tapped tabs on the frame and they are very strong. I have flipped the trailer several times taking corners at speed with no damage. The commercial kiddie trailer uses the same area on one side, or the excess threaded portion of the axle. I have recently added larger wheels (from a jogging buggy) and been testing it the past couple days noticing a big improvement over the golf cart wheels. I shall post an update soon.