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Old 08-09-14, 08:11 AM   #626
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I Paid $15 for this one:

and am turning into a cargo/dog trailer, got no kids...

Here it is on the first test run at 103 pounds GVWR,, total trailer weight
that's a 70 pound floor jack in a 17 pound box n strap on the 16 pound chassis.
Still need to center things and work out details, finished it should be at $50.



My dog is only 31 pounds, finished total running weight should be under 65 ish...
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Old 08-12-14, 08:21 PM   #627
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Cat hauler...



She is a stray (was abandoned) and has adopted us as well as our neighbours so she has a warm safe place to sleep, good food, and she likes bikes.



On a more serious note, the bikeE pulls the trailer so well that you forget it's there... the high psi Comet tyres really cut down the rolling resistance too.
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Old 08-25-14, 09:31 AM   #628
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Mobile shop with trailer #2 ... the main box fits in my older trailer like a glove and the press bar locks it it while the repair stand can be clamped to the trailer which makes it very secure.

The balance on the trailer with this set up is pretty much perfect too.

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Old 08-25-14, 10:04 AM   #629
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Man I love that setup
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Man I love that setup
The rig pays for itself... could not believe how grotty my chain looked (it was running smoothly) but Stretch was parked outside through several torrential rainstorms and took a month off while I have been using other bikes.

Stretch doubles as a work table too.



The chain needed some multi stage rust remover / inhibitor to get it looking like this.

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Old 08-25-14, 12:35 PM   #631
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Old 09-02-14, 02:10 PM   #632
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New to me Trailer

For some reason cheap trailers are non-existent in St. Louis... Here is my new to me $60 Schwinn trailer with about 50 lbs of goods after about 20 miles. I am hooked!

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Old 09-03-14, 01:11 PM   #633
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I found carrying stuff in my kid trailer (similar to above) to be quite awkward due to the sling-style seat and fabric footwell area, which is why I rigged mine up with plywood and storage container for hauling stuff.
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I found carrying stuff in my kid trailer (similar to above) to be quite awkward due to the sling-style seat and fabric footwell area, which is why I rigged mine up with plywood and storage container for hauling stuff.
I am probably going to be going that way soon. I took the seat out, but left the sides in tact and so far it has helped the load balance quite a bit. If I can find another cheap(er) trailer like this locally, I want to try something a bit more creative with even extending the length of the trailer. You guys have provided plenty of fuel for the fire in the trailer dept.
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Old 09-25-14, 10:00 AM   #635
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Good afternoon ...
My name is Joaozinho,


Was the three years waiting for the big bike manufacturers trailer
had cheap / fair for this accessory prices in Brazil ... but prices remained high ...


Because of my long bike trips feel the need for a bike trailer.


The cheapest price for a new trailer imported here in Brazil are $ 400.00.
The cost I had to "manufacture" a trailer bike was $ 25.00 ...
I was happy, I spent six hours working in the garage to make this bike trailer.


I'm sharing the photos. Had never seen a bike trailer personally in my life, then I think the result was nice and helpful to me.


Many hugs from Brazil.
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joaozinhomenininho: Bike Trailer de Carga (fiz na garagem de casa, modelo "Família") - reboque para bicicleta
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the design of the hitch is superb, congratulations
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Old 10-01-14, 10:40 PM   #637
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Headed to Lowe's this evening and picked up materials to double the capacity of my cargo trailer. I got another identical storage box (stacked inside each other for the trip home) and a 4 ft. square piece of plywood to make a new platform, which I had the guy at the store cut off a 26" piece, which I will later cut shorter to the desired length. Also a few nuts and bolts to secure everything.

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Old 12-14-14, 10:23 AM   #638
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1/2" conduit, welder and a couple afternoons.
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sooo I didn't like the doubled capacity trailer I posted above previously. It was just too big, heavy, and the boxes sitting sideways made for HUGE wind drag.

So now I'm on my 3rd incarnation of the trailer, with a single, larger box mounted longitudinally. The box is a bit more curvy so hopefully that will help with wind drag. The whole setup is also about 10 pounds lighter. Whenever my son is definitely finished riding in the trailer, I will remove all the fabric, and will be able to support the box with just two aluminum angles instead of the big piece of plywood, which will lighten the load even more.

2nd version of trailer boxes are shown on the floor here:





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Not as robust as others, but frequently used with the kiddos and other cargo. Used in conjunction with the rear rack, this set up hauls a lot of cargo, kids and makes an extra-snobby "I'm better than you" statement in my neighborhood.

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Old 04-25-15, 05:29 PM   #641
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The trailer I made that is posted early in this thread was given to a friend in 2008 when I had to move . I didn't have room for all my bike stuff . I don't use one often ,but miss having a trailer. Today I picked up an instep kiddie trailer , metal and tires are good, the nylon enclosure was rough. After stripping the nylon and supporting frame off it looks simple to make it into a simple flatbed. I need an instep hitch or two to hook it up . I plan on a plywood floor ,plastic tote and bungee cords to hold stuff. I will post pictures when I am done. I can see a fishing trip coming. One local trail runs along the Great Miami river . I can see hooking the trailer behind my mongoose brutus and making a day of fishing ride a while fish a while
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Picked up a nice little Croozer brand cargo trailer earlier this month. Nice and lightweight compared to my old trailer. It also collapses quite nicely for storage. Converts to a hand cart, and came with a rain cover. I will be borrowing the car less.



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This trailer is so good.

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Schwinn Joyrider I picked up off CL that was in great condition. I had a piece of aluminum cut at work and bolted to the frame, added tie down points in each corner. So far I've been using it to haul my dog around.





Without the bed, I plan to use it for some touring and shopping too.

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Man I wish I could get some 20" wheels on my trailer. I hate how mine angles down towards the rear, even when used with a 26" wheel bike.
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Taking the river valley trails en route to an event.

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Here's my Bikes at Work trailer.

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Love it. Just wish they weren't so blasted expensive.
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Lovin' this thread. I thought I was bad @ss when I paid big bucks for my BOB. Lots of nice home-built rigs! I'll spend all day looking at this thread....
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Finally came up with a trailer attachment solution for my new utility bike frame. Here is its maiden voyage to the grocery store a couple of weeks ago.

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