Chaad--'95 DeKerf Team SL, '02 Lemond Buenos Aires, '05 Novara Buzz, '73 Schwinn Collegiate, '06 Mountain Cycle Rumble, '09 Dahon Mariner D7, '12 Mercier Nano, '12 Breezer Venturi
Can this be trailer "Saved from the Dump" too?
I haul bikes and large cargo with a Little Tikes 2-kid trailer. Take off the fabric and you've got a great support frame for a lot of things. However, my old unit, which had seen too much sun anyways, was cracking/breaking, I was gonna have to make a new deck for it...until I found another one at the dump in great shape! Sweet! Moved my extended hitch and wheel/axles over and I'm in business again! Kept the stroller bar on the back, keeps the frame from shaking and being loud when empty.
Here the fabric is 1/2 removed and the stroller wheel is still attached. Fabric was mostly toast anyways, but it protected the plastic deck from the sun.
All set! Will recycle the old trailer when the snow starts to fly. I stop hauling bikes in the winter and switch to a covered trailer for groceries and such.
excellent, now I know how to get my canoe down to the river for fishing. Ive talked about doing this and everyone thought I was wacko.
I took apart two trailers and attached them to each other with bolts making a double length trailer, Jerry had already hauled more than 200 pounds with it and bent the axel pin on his bike doing it. The trailer itself held up great.
I just finished converting the Burley D'lite I got for $20.00 a few months ago.
It didn't include the rain cover and the wind drag that the canvas material caused was mildly irritating, so I thought about converting it into a flatbed.
The plywood deck that I've seen on others' conversion seemed to be easy to implement, but the weight of the plywood didn't inspire me.
I thought about using an aluminum sheet braced with square tubing, but discovered that I could buy a new trailer for the cost of the materials.
As I was walking through a shop, I came across this stuff and realized that I could just weave a floor with it.
It's lightweight, weather resistant, strong, and cheap.
Here it is finished, mostly.
The swinging arm in the rear was originally located at the top of the trailer and was used to brace the walls as well as hold up the seat.
I had to cut the arm down a couple of inches since the rails it attached to were wider than it's current location.
I still need to find something to plug the vertical rails that I cut, but it turned out quite well.
I used about 200' of the utility cord to weave the floor at a cost of $6.00, one dremel cutting disc, and a few zip strips.
It turned out to be quite inexpensive.
I weigh a bit over 200lbs and the trailer seems to hold me just fine, so I think that the new trailer will hold up quite well.
Trample the weak, Hurdle the dead
Looks great! And saved a ton of weight with that cord.
That which does not kill me has made a massive tactical blunder.
Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen. Louis L'Amour
'07 Giant Cypress WSD "Radagast the Beige-and-Black" * '97 (?) Bianchi Premio "Orion" * '09 Trek Allant "The Black Pearl"
Lots of great pics!
I just found a Aosom Cargo Trailer for $90 with FREE shipping.
I'm jumping on it!
We ride a lot around town and this would come in great handy on getting groceries and other stuff instead of the massive weight on the back and the bags on the handlebars.
I will come back and post my pic when it's all said and done :-)
Thanks for such great ideas!
Wow great ideas with the cord and webbing! I've had it in mind to convert my son's trailer with busted straps into a utility trailer, but was concerned about the added weight of plywood for a deck. I will definitely keep this in mind!
2011 Felt Z85 105 | Ultegra | KMC | Selle Italia | Vuelta
90's-ish KHS Alite 1000 MTB, *hybridized*
junk yard for old seatbelt webbing has possibilities ..
I have the same set-up on a retroglide. I also have a rack over the rear wheel.