Bicycle Trailer

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 05-08-2015 01:30 AM 2846 views 9 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I need a bike trailer in our park in Arizona. I don’t have a 4 wheeler or a golf cart so I have to carry a lot of wood, tools, fruit, or laundry or take the car on short jaunts here and there. I started this project to be an all wood trailer with dovetailed joints on the sides. It added up to a lot of weight. So I scrapped that design and bought aluminum angle. As a matter of fact, that is all I bought-I had everything else laying around.

I first made the steel hitch for my bike in Az with a 1/2” pin sticking up that will catch the ring of the trailer tongue. Then I bent the tongue out of 3/4 thin-wall conduit.
I framed the trailer in aluminum and put a steel tube under it with short threaded rods pinned inside the tube and then I made the vertical tube mount for the front.

I cut .160” maple plywood for the sides and back and front and used some left over 3/8” wood siding for the bottom. It had to be 2 pieces because it would not drop in with the angle on top.

I used the duplicator to letter the back panel:

In the last shot above is a wooden hitch I cobbled up for my bike here in Grand Rapids so I could try it out today. It works slick and pulls easy.

The metal is coated with Krylon stainless steel paint and the wood is finished with Spar Urethane.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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John Stegall

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#1 posted 05-08-2015 01:37 AM

Dang Jim, is there anything you can’t cobble together? Very good.

-- jstegall

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#2 posted 05-08-2015 01:40 AM

Very handy aid Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 05-08-2015 02:23 AM

Rust never sleeps and apparently your the same way. Nice job Jim. See you next winter.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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Jim Sellers

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#4 posted 05-08-2015 02:48 AM

Nice trailer Jim. I like the way you engineered the arm and hitch.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#5 posted 05-08-2015 03:43 AM

You sure you haven’t got the “7 dwarfs” on contract Jim, how the hell do you find the time to crank all these projects out the door & still have time for a beer?? :) :)
This is a real cracker Mate, just love the design, is it yours or did you find the plan somewhere

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 05-08-2015 04:10 AM

Love the engineering…neato!!! Really love the hitch. Its funny how us woodworkers think. “I need a….” well, we just craft it from wood. LOL.

Do you like your duplicator? I so need one of those.

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC.

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#7 posted 05-08-2015 04:44 AM

Jim, I have to say that is a nifty bike trailer. Reminds me of a Rickshaw. What keeps the tongue on the bike?

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 05-08-2015 05:06 AM

Very GOOD, Jim!

COOL lil trailer… perfect for a small trip to the market, etc. TO GET some exercise!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#9 posted 05-08-2015 05:13 AM

Jim, your ‘cobble’ is my ‘fine woodworking’! Great project and gas saver. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 05-08-2015 05:18 AM

Beautiful Jim, this is just what my grandson would like.

-- Jan, Free State Province, South Africa

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 05-08-2015 10:31 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I’m glad you like it. It was built out of necessity.

Hi John. I’ll make just about anything. I use cardboard for the first templates, then wood models and then cut it in steel or aluminum if needed.

Hi Pete, always have time for a beer. they get warm if I have one in the shop because I forget about them. Us seniors forget all kind of things. I don’t work from others’ plans -always draw my own. i under stand them better and make changes often. This started out to be wood and and about 19×30 and finished as you see it at 24×36.

Hi Dave.There is a keeper pin that goes through that vertical stud on the hitch to keep the tongue from jumping off. As a matter of fact, it did dislodge when I rode it through the grass with out the keeper on it. You can see the keeper real well in the hitch I made for the Az bike.

Hi Candy.I ride my bike a lot in the park and when I’m carrying two big bags of grapefruit , it throws me off balance and I almost crashed in the road last year like that. I have to make several trips to take my personal tools back and forth to the woodshop. This way, I can just load up the trailer. As you can see- we are in site H 27 in the High Chaparral park. I think I can just unbolt the tongue and it will go in one of the drawers under our new deck!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 05-08-2015 10:42 AM

I see you are very skilled with metal also – nice trailer.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 05-08-2015 11:48 AM

really nice trailer jim, you always do a great job.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 05-08-2015 12:17 PM

Oh Jim, you built a woodie :) looks awesome, like the trailer hitch.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#15 posted 05-08-2015 12:54 PM

I can’t believe you don’t have a golf cart Jim….isn’t that one of the first things they issue you in the retirement “villages”?? Forget it, I aint going!!! Lol
What a creative (and highly skilled) solution to your problem. Looks like the trailer can handle a substantial load, question has to be…can the motor

Outstanding job as always sir

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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