Others’ Bike Trailers
Here is a short list of my favourite websites about bike trailers.
After this is a shorter list of some related websites, including sites
that offer good cheap ready-made trailers, etc. The first section
shows trailers that can be made without welding.
D.I.Y. Bicycle Trailers (that do NOT need welding)
One Less Van – http://onelessvan.blogspot.co.uk/
…a very interesting blog full of work-bikes, trailers and related items
Bamboo bicycle Trailer – http://www.carryfreedom.com/bamboo.html
…the classic easy-to-make but very strong and effective.
Backpack frame bike trailer – http://www.appropedia.org/Backpack_frame_bike_trailer
…made from old ruck-sack frames, but a bit small.
XmTrick – http://trailers.xntrick.co.uk/
…several simple trailer designs including the
pallet-trailer and some tips on hitches, etc.
Mark Rehder’s DIY trailers – http://drumbent.com/trailer.html
…a great, simple, strong trailer made by bending
and bolting EMT (metal conduit). Very do-able!
Big Homebuilt El Cheapo Bicycle Cargo Trailer – http://www.howtofixbikes.ca/2006/07/big-homebuilt-el-cheapo-bicycle-cargo.html
…big, simple, strong and well explained plans
D.I.Y. Bike Trailers (that need welding)
Aaron’s big trailer – http://www.instructables.com/id/Bicycle-cargo-trailer–200-lb-capacity%2c-%2430-for-pa/?ALLSTEPS
…good instructions on a simple welded trailer
Ibike strong welded trailer – http://www.ibike.org/economics/trailer.htm
…is a good looking simple and very strong design
but requires buying some steel piping and getting
a welder to help. Instructions are free and clear
but to get the diagrams you need to pay $5.
Joe Colquitt’s DIY trailer from scrap metal – http://home.clear.net.nz/pages/joecolquitt/0trailer.html
…good instructions, odd design, requires welding.
Graham’s one-wheeled low-rider trailer – http://www.indoor.flyer.co.uk/trailer.htm
…simple one-wheeled trailer
HP Stoutharrow’s boat-trailer – http://www.instructables.com/id/Tow-a-Boat-with-a-Bike/
…a big strong trailer to carry a boat!
Make Mag – on bike trailers – http://blog.makezine.com/2007/06/04/the-bamboo-bicycle-traile/
…some links to other DIY trailers.
Chiark’s links to DIY bike trailers and some alternatives – http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~armb/cycling/trailer.html
…includes some great links
Bike trailers that can be bought (or adapted or learnt from)
AtoB magazine trailer price-list – http://www.atob.org.uk/trailer_price_tag.html
…simple list of UK trailers with weight and prices
Carry Freedom – http://www.carryfreedom.com/info.html
…articles with many good links on why trailers rock
Very small trailer – http://parkersofbolton.co.uk/p-495-60-litre-eco-cargo-luggage-bicycle-trailer.aspx
…£80 simple and cheap-looking trailer
Decent small trailer – http://www2.westfalia.net/shops/bicycles/bicycle_equipment/bicycle_luggage/transport_trailers/76493-combination_bicycle_trailer_and_handcart.htm
…£90 decent trailer / hand-cart from WestFalia.
Dragonfly Housing coop (in Oxford) has one of these and it’s pretty good – light and strong. See photo on the right.
Mule trailer – http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/3334395/Trail/searchtext%3EBIKE+TRAILER.htm#pdpFullProductInformation
…£100 decent new trailer from Raleigh
Croozer – http://www.croozerdesigns.com/cargo.html
…£180 big strong but folding trailer
City – http://www.carryfreedom.com/city.html
…£350 …but brilliantly simple folding concept!
ExtraWheel – http://www.extrawheelusa.com/
…tiny one-wheeled trailer-sort-of
Aaron Wieler’s bike carts – http://bikecart.pedalpeople.com/
…great set of fairly simple (but welded) trailers
including a Bike Ambulance trailer in Namibia
Tony’s Trailers – http://www.tonystrailers.com/kayak/
…neat simple trailers that can even carry canoes
Work Cycles – http://www.workcycles.com/
…dutch dealer in many work-bikes and trailers, etc
Bikes at Work – http://www.bikesatwork.com/
…ladders with wheels, maybe too narrow to be very stable
Cargo Cycling – http://cargocycling.org/trailer
…lots of great trailers to drool over, or buy.
Cycle Tote – http://www.cycletote.com/
…posh, safe trailers for kids, dogs and grannies!
Cetma Cargobikes – http://cetmacargo.com/CETMACargoHello.htm
…front-loaded hand-made cargo-bikes
Another Bike Trailer Blog – http://www.bikeshophub.com/blogs/bike-trailer-blog/
…various trailer ideas
Burley folding flatbed – http://www.burley.com/home/bur/page_453/flatbed.html
…a small, simple but not cheap folding trailer
Article on “Load-carrying bikes” – http://www.velovision.co.uk/showStory.php?storynum=1163
…including some great trailer ideas.
Talbot trailer – http://www.centralcycle.co.uk/index.php?p=1_10_Talbot-Trailer
…a one-wheeled trailer from the 1950s!
FarFarer – http://www.fftouring.com/trailers
…beautiful, fast and simple one-wheeler. See photo on right.
Pedal-powered propeller-tricycle! – http://www.ecogeek.org/content/view/761/40/
…incredible, ingenious and quite impractical!
Wheels for Wellbeing – http://wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk/
…London charity to bring biking to the disabled.
Even have a work-bike that carries a wheelchair!
MozBike – http://www.moz.geek.nz/mozbike/
…a bike-nut from Melbourne
kevincyr – http://www.kevincyr.net/index.php?/ongoing/camper-kart/
…shopping trolley hacked into a folding tent!
Atomic Zombie – http://www.atomiczombie.com/
…some interesting and some daft trailers / bikes
Metrofiets – http://www.metrofiets.com/profiles/hopworks/#photo4088933324
Steven Robert’s Behemoth / Winne-biko – http://microship.com/resources/winnebiko-behemoth.html
…nomadic recumbent computer / solar bike
Bike Hacks – http://www.bikehacks.com/bikehacks/
…odd blog of crazy bike-tweaking
People trying to move goods without burning fossil-fuels might also consider:
cargo-bikes, ‘bak-feits’, trikes, canoes, rafts, skateboards, scooters, roller-skates, wind-surfs, horses, stretchers, ruck-sacks, panniers, bicycle-baskets, logs (egyptian pyramid syle) etc.