The Thirty-Dollar Bug Out Trailer(Hauling cargo with a bike)

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The Thirty-Dollar Bug Out Trailer(Hauling cargo with a bike)

Post by Doctorr Fabulous » Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:32 am

Okie-dokie, the tale goes thusly:

I was discussing my plans (mostly drawn on cocktail napkins with lipstick) for a tactical wheelbarrow, which would look similar to a modernied version of the Mormon pioneer handcarts show here, when all of a sudden, our own Towanda showed me a link to a bicycle trailer that would be both functional and cheap, relatively, and would alleviate my need for a handcart, since I already have a bicycle.

http://carryfreedom.com/bamboo.html

In betwwen gasps of jealousy and my profuse thanks to Towanda for showing me the website, and begging her to let me post it here, I noticed a few others at the bottom, for those who don't have bamboo availible.

http://www.econologica.org/bikebits.html-Everything from the cat-litter bucket panniers to a trailer made from extra parts.
http://www.re-cycle.org/trailer/
http://www.ibike.org/economics/trailer.htm
http://drumbent.com/trailer.html
http://bikecart.pedalpeople.com/-Can you say "ZS Chariot-Borne Mobile Cadaver Suppression Team? No? Get an English teacher and check out the chariots, flatbeds, and ambulance/rickshaws at the link here. No really, do it. DO IT NOW. The Flatbeds are doable for about $30.

Now, some of the links are a bit greenie-political, but if you can work past that, you can be one step closer to a bug-out bicycle, and save enough money to make jamoni and others jealous. For you non-wheely types, the bamboo cart design can be modified into a handcart, in you use larger wheels and make a full on crossbar, instead of the trailer arm and hitch.

Now everyone say "Thank you Towanda."
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Post by wee drop o' bush » Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:12 am

I particularly like the bicycle ambulance :mrgreen:
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Post by Paladin1 » Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:50 am

I've been working along the same lines, it's a great idea.

Thanks for the links.
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Post by Jimmy NoFeet » Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:00 am

Thank you Towanda! :D

I wonder if there's any legal restrictions regarding bike-towed carts in the area I'll be heading in the fall.
Having to crank my car only for trips home would be GREAT! 8-)
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Post by Cybrludite » Fri Feb 17, 2012 5:57 am

Looks like a bunch of Useful Information at this site.
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Post by the_alias » Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:28 am

Threads on bike hauling merged.
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Post by JoeTosco » Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:39 pm

I think it could be done with PVC pipe as well.
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Re: The Thirty-Dollar Bug Out Trailer(Hauling cargo with a b

Post by Lynn LeFey » Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:38 pm

I'll throw in a potential alternative...

A dolly (hand truck).

Here's a video of one used as a bicycle trailer...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t395mDaXgnk

I like the idea because they have other useful applications. I've also considered what might be necessary to make one a reasonable cart, and I don't think it'd take much.

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Post by Doctorr Fabulous » Fri Mar 16, 2012 12:35 am

The hand-cart's wheels seemed a bit narrow and small to me. I ride a 29" trail bike, and the handcart seems like it would become unstable at my normal, no-sweat cruise speeds.
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Post by Lynn LeFey » Fri Mar 16, 2012 1:35 am

Oh, watch the linked video. In it, one of the dollies the guy shows has its wheels replaced with (what look to me like )18" bike wheels.

I don't think I'd plan for speeds much over 12-15mph with any kind of trailer, and I think the normal dolly wheels could handle that. The width of the wheelbase might give me pause at any kind of quick turns, though. Looks like they might tip easy.

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Post by Tater Raider » Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:24 am

The other reason to go with a bigger tire is comfort and ease of towing. Small wheels won't handle obsticles like potholes as well as a largeer one will.

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Post by Doctorr Fabulous » Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:23 am

Bumping because relevant to recent threads, and because I am an arrogant ass who likes seeing my name in print. :clap:
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Post by Gingerbread Man » Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:55 am

Thanks for bumping this. I need to get some racks for my bike and build one of these trailers. I have a bunch of bike rims, tires and assorted crap laying around. I also need to upgrade the derailers on my Giant. Nice bike, but the shifters and derailers are the lowest Shimano line. I need at least LX or XT. Yes, I said need.

I need to swing by Lowes, grab a bunch of metal bar stock and get rolling.

Thanks Doc/Towanda.
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Post by xLionx » Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:17 pm

cool links, thanks for posting and thanks for the thread bump

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