Shopping Trailer for Bicycles

HY not save wear on the car and have number one son tone up his muscles by doing the shopping for the family. He can, with this roomy carrier you (or he) build in an evening. No welding is required. The 16-in. O.D. semipneumatic sidewalk bike tires shown come equipped with nylon b e a r i n g s t h a t will carry moderate loads at up to 20 mph. In fact, they will take speeds of 25 to 30 mph for a short distance, but they are not intended for towing behind a car. Of course, two matched wheels from a discarded bike, will also do the job. Make the wheel mounting b r a c k e t s (Fig. 3) of 1-in. angle iron. Drill the 3/8-in. hole for the axle, and file or hacksaw out the slot. Drill the ¼-in. b r a c k e t mounting holes and then mount


The trailer easily carries a load of five full grocery bags. A foam rubber floor liner absorbs road shock.

the wheels on the brackets. You'll save time by asking your lumber dealer to cut the 5/8 x 23½ x 29½-in. trailer floorboard square and exactly to size. Locate the wheel slots slightly behind center so the trailer rides tongue heavy. The ¾ x ¾-in. framing strips on the side panels give your trailer a custom appearance. Cut the bottom and top strips ¾-in. longer than the 12 x 28¾-in. side panels, since the corner posts overlap the 3/8-in. end panels. Use a dark oil stain

The swiveling tow bar fastens to the seat with removable hitch, and clears the rear fender by two inches so you ride over curbs and ramps. OCTOBER, 1960


MATERIALS LIST—BIKE TRAILER to color the strips; it's easier to Description Use do this now, rather than after Amt. Req.16-in. Semi-Pneumatic Size and bike tires. 2 Sidewalk wheels c o n s t r u c t i o n is completed. Available complete with threaded axle, bearings, nuts; from Schwinn Bike dealers for about When the stain is dry, use a woodworker's glue such as 1 5/8 $4.25 each. 9 ½ " plywood x 23½ x 2 floor board side panels Elmer's Glue-All to coat the 2 3/8 x 12 x 2 8 ¾ " plywood 2 3/8 x 12 x 22" plywood end panels strips, and nail into place with 20 ft. ¾" square lumber panel trim corner cleats 1-in. nails spaced every few 4 ft. ¾" quarter-round 2 1 x 12" angle iron wheel brackets inches. Remove any surplus 1 ¾ x 3¾" x 6' fir wheel guards glue exuding from the joints. 2 3/8 x 20½ x 8" plywood wheel guards x 10' galvanized electrical conduit tow bar Side Panels. Glue and tack 1 ¾" (hardware and electrical stores) the side panels to the bottom 6 ¼-20 x ¾" fh bolts with nuts wheel bracket mounting 14-20 x 1¾" bolts with nuts tow bar mounting board; then add 1-in. wood 2 1 1X 21¼ x 2 7 ¼ " foam rubber floor cushion screws for added strength. Cut (available upholstery shops) Misc. 1" nails, 1" fh wood screws, Elmer's Glue-All, Rope the 3/8-in. thick front and back snap, plastic rain cover, bike reflectors plywood panels to fit, and nail diagonally through the corner posts as you you use a piece of scrap board as a support to glue them in place. Make two cleats of the hold the cleats firmly in place while you nail. %-in. strip lumber and fasten to the inside by For additional strength, cut four cleats of nailing through from the outside. It's easier if ¾-in. quarter-round and nail and glue into



the inside corners. Make the wheel guards of ¾-in. lumber. If you have no table saw, it may be difficult to cut the bevel angles, so you can substitute a square construction. Cover the wheel guard with 3/8-in. plywood and nail and glue in place. The Trailer Bar is bent of a length of ¾-in. I.D. electrical tubing, as in Fig. 3A. You may need to alter its shape slightly to fit your bike. If you can, borrow an electrician's conduit bender (Fig. 3B). Otherwise have the bends made at your local electric shop. The ¾-in. tubing comes in 10-ft. lengths, so have the bends made first, and then cut the extra length down for a close fit to the bike wheel. Flatten the trailer end of the bar slightly with a vise or hammer, and drill ¼in. holes for bolting to the bottom. The trailer hitch is made of a rope snap. Used to fasten dog leashes to posts, this hardware store item enables you to quickly attach the trailer to the bike saddle bar, or to a ring that you can fasten to the seat post. Drill a hole through the conduit and use a ¼-in. bolt to fasten the hitch. As suggested earlier, the side framing strips were stained a dark color before assembly. Now stain the rest of the wood a contrasting lighter tone, such as light oak. When the stain is dry, apply several coats of varnish. Bolt the wheel assemblies and the tow bar to the trailer, and varnish the exposed axle and screw threads to keep the nuts from loosening. The optional foam rubber liner (a boat

In heavy traffic, remember that you need more road room. Be sure to warn drivers with the proper turn and stop signals.

cushion will work as well) will absorb eggbreaking shocks when the trailer rides over bumps. You'll find well packed grocery bags will survive the roughest kind of street. A few screw eyes with cord stretched across the trailer will keep packages in place, and you may want to add a plastic rain cover. In traffic, remember that your bike and trailer combination is now less maneuverable, so allow for this in following bike safety rules.