I wanted a simple bicycle trailer to carry my fishing tackle box, net and poles. Being a spouse-proclaimed pack rat, I decided to use leftover lawnmower parts. With some additional hardware and drilling, I had a trailer to pull behind my bicycle.
Step 1: Resources Listing.
- 3/8" x 5" Eye Bolt with two nuts. 5" was minimum length necessary for rear tire clearance in my case.
- 1/4" x 2" Eye Bolt with a flat washer
- 4-Hole Flat Straight Bracket
- 2 qty of 1/4" x 3" bolts with flat washers and nuts
- Sacrificial Mower without a Rear Self-Propelling Feature
- Step Drill Bit
- Hack Saw
I purchased items 1-3 from the Hardware List from Home Depot. Luckily, I had a dilapidated mower without a rear self propelling system which the rear wheels were still good. The mower will be a model that the handle bars and rear wheels are an incorporated unit. For example I have displayed a high wheel model without a rear bag. For my trailer, I began with a mower with a rear bagging option that had a rusted out deck.
Step 2: Unbolt Rear Assembly From the Mower.
This is a fairly simple step. remove bolt attaching rear-wheel mechanism from the mower deck.
Step 3: Modify the Handle Bar.
- Remove the user-presence control bar and respective cable.
- Remove the starting rip cord eye-bolt. Save plastic wing nut.
- Drill 1/4" hole midway across handle bar.
- Remove debris flap if applicable.
- Set wheels to the highest setting possible. I set mine by flipping the handle bars over and setting the adjustment using one of the screws that were removed when disconnecting the rear assembly.
Step 4: Linkage Mechanism
- Place 1/4" eye bolt in vise, and open eyelet.
- Insert 3/8" eye bolt in opened eyelet and squeeze shut using vise.
- Cut across the 4-Hole Flat Straight Bracket into two equal pieces.
- Drill 3/8" hole in the middle of one of the brackets and attached 3/8" eye bolt.
- Mount on bicycle using 1/4" x 3" bolts as seen in photo. Add saved wing nut and a flat washer to 1/4" eye bolt.
Step 5: Attach Handle Bars to Linkage Assembly.
- Unscrew wing nut.
- Insert 1/4" eye bolt into 1/4" hole in handle bar.
- Fasten with flat washer and wing nut.
Step 6: Ready for Use!
I used a couple of bungee cords to secure items of interest and off to my off-road fishing hole.