Instead of using a kid's trailer, why not make your own $20 trailer? Here's my design for a "grocery getter trailer" -

easy to make out of conduit, all hardware store materials, and easy to modify to suit your needs.
Jack Murphy

On Thu, Oct 19, 2017 at 3:30 PM, <> wrote:
Oops!! Didn't cc the list.

Also forgot to add that u-post used for fencing is dirt cheap, and if you get wide enough ones, would make excellent channels.


On 2017-10-19 20:22, wrote:

A go-to hauling method for me is always an adapted child trailer.
Interestingly, when I went to look at the Pedal to the People trailer,
the construction was basically the same, just enlarged and reinforced
a little. The kickstand on the linkage was a clever addition that I
plan to add to my trailers.

How many you can haul without a motor is also a matter of your
terrain. If you're mostly in flatland, you can haul quite a lot, and
on that kind of terrain I've hauled as many as ten framesets or so,
which would translate weight-wise into at least four bikes, if not

I've always just piled them up strategically. BUT - I've had a plan
for awhile now to basically replicate the car roof rack device, which
is often a flimsier version of the device used on the fronts of city
buses, and attach it to one of my trailer setups.

I estimate that without modifying the child trailer's frame I could
easily fit three bikes, if they were flipped so that the handlebars
aren't running into each other. In other words, one facing backwards
and two facing forwards (or the opposite).

So, you could either acquire some roof rack tracks by donation - put
out the call and I bet you'll get them - or at a thrift store or
Craigslist or whatever.

Or you could do what I've been planning and get some angle (L cross
section) bar stock, preferably aluminum, and make your own channels.

The tricky part is replicating the grabber used on buses that goes
over the front wheel. I'd probably just make the whole thing using
telescoping tubes and a spring from the hardware store, and make the
hook out of whatever, but other people might have some ideas on
cheaper or simpler ways to hold the bike up and in the tracks. I'd
love to hear them!!


On 2017-10-19 20:03, Anna Weier wrote:
I was thinking of about 4 at a time, but I would also be happy with 2.


Anna Weier
UMCycle Manager
University of Manitoba Students' Union
tel: 204.474.8484   

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Subject: Re: [TheThinkTank] Bike Trailer for Transporting Bikes


How many bikes do you need to transport at a time?


On 2017-10-19 19:17, Anna Weier wrote:
Hi folks,
I'm on a campus where our main location is small and our warehouse
location is far enough away that it's a pain to bring parts and bikes
back and forth. I'm looking for plans or the actual trailer for sale
for a bike trailer that can carry complete bikes. I would also be
interested in hearing from folks who have transported bikes by bike.
Is this a situation where an e-bike might be required?


Anna Weier
UMCycle Manager
University of Manitoba Students' Union
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