Hotrod Bike Trailer

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I was inspired by this instructable https://www.instructables.com/id/Red-Baron-Childs-Bicycle-Trailer/
I decided to modify the design a bit and make a hotrod for my kiddo with red interior and flames.  The material is all purchased from the local hardware store.  The base is a 1" x16" 36" pine.  The sides are 1"x12"x36 pine. The curved rear is made of thin 1/4" ply.  I soaked it in water for about 30 minutes then bent it over the frame, nailing it every 3 inches or so.  Next time i'll probably just use some sheet metal.  I had the conduit laying around and purchased the wheels and the little switches.  Then primed and painted it with gloss black and apple red.  I traced the flames on some paper and cutout stencils so both sides match.  To bend the trailer arm, since i didn't have a conduit bender, was just to put one foot on it about 16 " from one end and pull up on it until a got the correct angle.  The hitch is just a piece of steel strapping i bent into a "U" shape and a locking pin from the hardware store.

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    ianpallen

    2 years ago

    I love this design. I would have put a boot (trunk) on it with opening at the top behind the seat to put shopping in. And one in the front if there was room after leg room. I am thinking of making one and hope my grandkids will like to go in it. :)

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    fischer99Rycr023

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I got them from harbor freight. Standard 10" cart wheel
    http://www.harborfreight.com/10-inch-pneumatic-tire-30900.html

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    Find_bruce

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Very cool. A steering wheel would be a nice touch.

    I can't tell from the photos, but do you have some padding and a seat belt for the kid ?

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    fischer99Find_bruce

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Right now I have a pillow in the bottom as a cushion. I'm still trying to find a matching cushion or will just make my own. The seat belt was added after. It's nylon strapping with the safety snaps similar to what's on shopping carts.

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    l8nite

    7 years ago on Introduction

    thats SWEEEEEEEET ! How did you attach the conduit to the trailer? How are the wheels attached ?

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    fischer99l8nite

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    There are two holes drilled in the side of the conduit and thru the body of the trailer. Held in place with a couple of bolts and lock nuts. The end of the conduit near the wheel also has a conduit brace to keep it from wiggling around.

    The wheels have an aluminum axle bought at the the hardware store for about 3 dollars. Washers are on each side of the wheels and i drilled a hole in each end of the axle and keep it all in place with some codder pins. The axle is held from the bottom with some 1/2" clamps screwed through the floor of the trailer. The chrome trim and the pin stripping (hard to see in the pictures) were bought from the auto store.

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    fischer99

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Working on it. The Instructables site decided to rotate them when i hit the publish button. Trying to fix it.

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    BobS

    7 years ago on Introduction

    It seems a nice trailer with quite a lot of work put into it. But why not take another 5 minutes to rotate the pictures!!!