Tow Behind Trailer For My Bicycle

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Project by OttoH posted 05-27-2014 11:03 PM 3611 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am making a lot of deliveries within a 2 mile radius of my workshop, so I decided to build a delivery trailer for the back of my bicycle. The trailer frame and tow bar are made out of a couple of Cedar 2×4’s that I ripped in half on the table saw. The slats are Cedar fence boards. I articulated the tow arm in two places so the trailer will track nicely behind my bicycle. The trailer hooks on to the carrier on the back of the bicycle via the spring clip. The bicycle I ride around town is a 1961 Victoria Astral 3 Speed, it is an oldie but a goodie.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#1 posted 05-27-2014 11:31 PM

I like the articulated tow bar, and I REALLY like the way you hook it to your carrier with that old “mouse trap” clip! Nice bike too!

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#2 posted 05-27-2014 11:53 PM

Very cool. I suck at riding bikes and horses though.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 05-28-2014 02:02 AM

That is awesome!!

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#4 posted 05-28-2014 11:01 AM

Very cool trailer.

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#5 posted 05-28-2014 12:09 PM

Beatiful. Nice job in all. Very cool bike. Thank for share

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#6 posted 05-28-2014 02:34 PM

Haha! That’s nice. And a nice bike. And a nice vintage wheel lying there in your workshop. In hindsight, were the two joints really necessary? I’ve been trying to figure out something similar for my bike (which is a LeTurbo, mid 70’s South African “racing bike” as we called ‘em then).

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#7 posted 05-28-2014 04:09 PM

You mite want to start selling those. good yob.

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#8 posted 05-29-2014 01:04 AM

Thanks Folks for the kind comments.

In answer to LeTurbo, yes I believe that both joints are necessary in this configuration, the top one for turning and the bottom one for the change of angle when making a sharp corner, going over uneven road or over a curb.

The antique wheel in the shop is the base for one of my seats, I have two old rims that have posts and tractor seats and one that has wheels on each end I use for a table. They were given to me by friends when they closed their antique shop and I helped them load their trailer.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#9 posted 05-29-2014 01:17 AM

Don’t get me wrong but I do have to mention this…... you can’t back an articulated trailer up at all. That’s why motorhomes need pull throughs, they cannot back a toad. (towed). At least with a Dolly you can’t.
I would make a removable tongue and make it swappable with the other. Trying to back that even by hand for unloading can be frustrating!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#10 posted 05-29-2014 01:33 AM

Nice work and way to solve a problem by building it yourself. Hope it works well for you. What sort of things do you deliver?

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#11 posted 05-29-2014 02:10 AM

Well Dallas, here in small town America (Deadwood South Dakota) I park my bicycle and trailer in the street in front of the gift shops, no need to back up.

I deliver wine caddies, coasters, plaques, awards, cribbage boards, engraved glassware, photos on leather, customized wall tiles, domino sets, picture mirrors, and any other small items I make in my shop. I have a rather extensive offering of products and customization. Got to make my money off the tourists to ride out the rest of the year when things slow down a bit and I go back into the design phase for new product offerings.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#12 posted 05-29-2014 02:27 AM

Hahaha Deadwood is larger than the town I live in. We have one stoplight and it flashes yellow after midnight!
The street sweeper is the only one who thinks it isn’t a one horse town.
We had a parade of homes one year,but had to quit, because the front one had a flat tire. It took them a month to get JR’s to fix it .

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#13 posted 08-06-2016 09:02 PM

Hi there, I’ve been looking everywhere for such a neat trailer like this one. Do you have a list of materials and things you need to build this, or plans? Would really appreciate this. By the way nice bike.

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