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Posted by on Mar 30, 2010 in Bicycle Culture, Product Review | 7 comments

Build-a-Trailer Workshop

As many of you may have noticed, I have been the Man-Around-Town with my custom trailer.  I originally built the trailer for grocery shopping and transferring my toolbox between hangars for work.

Bicycle Rescue

Inspired by Angie,  our family cycling expert, I added a skewer mount so that she wouldn’t be the only bike rescue service in town!

With regret, this set up has not been tested.  Originally was to be used to deliver my bike to the LBS for a tune-up.  Maybe next time.

Trailers have added an extra dimension to my utility cycling landscape.  Late 2008, I received a round of oohs and aahs when seen hauling two 40 pound bags of dry dog food.  Once I delivered a case of synthetic motor oil to a customer.

Grocery Shopping

I have fun with the clerks at the    grocery store by asking them to pack everything tight because I am on a bicycle.   If you could only see their faces!  Imagine their surprise as we rolled up with the trailer loaded for their perusal and review.

The possibilities become endless with the use of a trailer.

Doggie Day at the Park

Just a few months ago, CommuteOrlando held a Dog Parade/Bike Ride.  We rode to Fleet Peeples Park and had a BLAST.  The dogs loved riding and handled the trip well.

Kudos to Diana

There are many commercially available trailers.  Simplicity and functionality can be had by using a custom built trailer.  Diana designed a smaller trailer with the kit I used.  BTW, there were two Samoyeds in the dog crate.         

Recycle Days

The usefulness of this trailer design allows many options.  Here is just one of the many trips to the local recycling collection center.

Family Cycling

While not a custom trailer, my wife and I extend our bicycle usefulness with the addition of a child trailer.  Both of our children can ride in comfort and style while out and about the City Beautiful.  Pictured is our son navigating our way to the next county park for some fun and fishing.

Ever Wished You Had a Trailer Sometimes?

Retro City Cycles has expressed interest in complimenting the classes they offer to the riders and citizens of the Orlando area.  They have graciously offered to lend us space for conducting a workshop of opportunity.  Brainstorming ideas are needed.

There are several options to progress into utility cycling.  Having a trailer can be more effective depending on the desired need for hauling.

Keri suggested having a cookout.  Pot luck, anyone?  Perhaps use this workshop to lead in to the exciting realm of utility cycling and present some tools to make it happen.

Ultimately, the Build-a-Trailer Workshop will be coming soon. Check back for more details.


7 Comments

  1. I can’t wait for the build-a-trailer workshop. I’m so there!

    I love the idea of a cookout. There are so many parks around town where we can rendezvous to socialize and, of course, eat! Potluck is the way to go. Let me know how I can help.

  2. I wonder whose eyes were bulging out when I passed him going the other way today on Clesea. I had never seen him before and he’s never seen my rig, I could tell. He was pulling a trailer and I have a big basket on the front.

    I don’t have room for a trailer.

  3. Oooh! I am so in! Tell me when!

  4. Just last week I wished I had a trailer! I can’t wait to build one!

  5. Upon reflection, I can see a use for one sometimes. I just don’t want one hanging around all the time.

    Maybe we can get U-Haul to rent them, the same way they rent trailers for cars?

    • For the space conscious, on end, this trailer has a footprint of 27x6x71. It has quick release wheels that can be hung on the wall. My trailer takes up so little space in my garage I forget its there sometimes.

      Bicycle clubs will rent trailers to their members and general public. Some bicycle collectives do the same. Something to think about.

      Heck, I could start renting mine out. Thanks for the great idea. Need a trailer? Let me know.

  6. Awesome!! I love the idea–no sense in buying what you can DIY!

    Can’t wait to hear more!