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Old 01-07-07, 11:33 AM
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DIY bike trailer

I'm considering quitting the car for around town. It's expensive and stupid, considering I live right in the middle of town. Still I need to get groceries, etc; anybody have parts lists or websites for a DIY trailer?

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Old 01-07-07, 11:55 AM
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"Dime on a dollar" DIY trailer from Mother Earth news.
I built one 25 yrs ago and still use it. Cost me $25 using
salvaged materials. There are other sites.
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So I answered my own question....funny how that can happen. Tightwad, thanks for that tip. I like that one design. For those who are looking and want a link to a lower-profile design here's one I found:

http://www.instructables.com/id/EM9Y7JXN64EP286RK4/

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Japhy,

Our local co-op is starting up a trailer project and we've done a bit of research.

http://sacbikekitchen.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=10

Hope this helps.

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It's be pretty easy to make one out of pvc or small diameter copper or iron pipe. No welding requuired then.
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Originally Posted by Japhy
So I answered my own question....funny how that can happen. Tightwad, thanks for that tip. I like that one design. For those who are looking and want a link to a lower-profile design here's one I found:

http://www.instructables.com/id/EM9Y7JXN64EP286RK4/

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Welding EMT conduit can be a little dangerous. You need to avoid the fumes from the coating.
Here's a link to a thread I started a while back that bolted the conduit together.
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=236968

I don't think it's as much work as the design you link to, but it took me about 8 hours and I still haven't figured out the hitch. Not to discourage you, but you can sometimes get a nice Burley flatbed for a reasonable price.
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Originally Posted by gerv
Welding EMT conduit can be a little dangerous. You need to avoid the fumes from the coating.
Here's a link to a thread I started a while back that bolted the conduit together.
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=236968

I don't think it's as much work as the design you link to, but it took me about 8 hours and I still haven't figured out the hitch. Not to discourage you, but you can sometimes get a nice Burley flatbed for a reasonable price.
Yes, the zinc fumes can be deadly. However, bolting the frame ,while it does work for awhile,
will never be as strong as welding/brazing can be. The bolts will have a tendancy to work loose
as the trailer rolls over the bumpy road. (Road vibrations are the killer here)
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