- Building a bike trailer – Sadness content
Light Alu tubing is a fine thing to be aiming for, but you can’t weld it (ok, I can’t weld it) and it would probably cost money. I’ve already spent a lot of my budget buying timber for raised beds on my allotment, so the trailer to take tools and random stuff up there instead of the using the car has to be cheap.
I figured a 10 quid second-hand BMX would give me some decent wheels and steel frame I could use if pushed. If nothing else, I’ll skip-dive for an old sackbarrow or something if it will be lighter.
I’ve seen the bamboo trailer and the design will be pretty much that, but using metal. I mean, have you seen the price of quality bamboo these days?Posted 5 years ago
So, after being outbid on a well known online auction site for a donor cycle trailer (as it turns out, by a mate’s wife… Damn her!) I have decided to build my own using an old bike, possibly a BMX, tools and manliness and/or ingenuity.
I know how I want to put it together, I know that I need welding gear and an angle grinder and I know that I need to convince my wife I will not burn down the garage using said tools. The only problem I have is using the donor bike in a way that would destroy it’s original form. It’s a bike I know, but at some point a child got given that as a present and rode it, enjoyed using it and finally outgrew it. I’m feeling quite sad about the whole thing, but I’m too cheap to buy something new and use that to avoid the moral complications.
Is this a normal feeling or should I just get busy with the power tools and MTFU?Posted 5 years ago
Hmm.. have you looked carefully at kiddie trailers to see how the pros make them?
The only reason I’d build my own would be to fit a couple of rear shocks for the suspension. Too much to go wrong otherwise.
EDIT Oh you mean you were going to use a kiddie trailer as a donor? Not that you WANT a kiddie trailer yourself… right?Posted 5 years ago
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