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Bob’s DIY Bike Trailer Solutions

by Josh Lipton

Bob had been setting up bike cargo trailers for himself and using them for many years.

In Bob’s words: “The canvas trailer was my first build. In its 16 years it has countless miles on it. My German shepherd spent many a happy mile there. This trailer is now onto its 3rd owner. The blue trailer now has 10000 kms on. It is 6 years old the new bike dog hauler I am building is the same design. I prefer the high mounted as my wife just pushes the trailer into the grocery store and then back out to the bike.”

 
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10 Responses to “Bob’s DIY Bike Trailer Solutions”

  1. Kirk says:

    Do you have a link to “Bob”‘s site, or plans for his trailers? The blue one looks pretty nice.

  2. [...] Because my business is deeply involved in both selling bicycle trailers and manufacturing trailer accessories, I’ve seen and used most of the trailers that are currently available. Through this blog I will pass on my opinions on the products available, conduct reviews and do comparisons. I plan on highlighting interesting uses of bike trailers as well as featuring exotic tours they are being used on. I will point out links to interesting commercial, conceptual and diy bike trailer products. [...]

    • John Russo says:

      Hello. this is for “Bob” or anyone able to inform.
      I recently purchased a Burly Travoy for grocery shopping in NYC. I use the public CitiBike system where the bike which is not mine is returned to a public docking system necessitating removal of the hitch clamp from the seat post every time. I was just wondering if there was a quicker release mechanism for the part that clamps onto the seat stem post or works with it instead of using the method of unscrewing the machine bolts each time. Does a mechanism exist which adapts to the standard issue Burley Travoy hitch??? Thank you in advance for any advice.

      • Ted Burrell says:

        If you Google “bike trailer hitch designs”, several options result. Most are one-piece, one-time attachments to the seat post or bike frame. My design is a copy of an injection-molded version that was stolen with another bike back in 1993: an aluminum barn-shaped block with a rear-mounted locked rotating dowel that the goose-neck hitch slides on and is locked to the dowel by an R-clip.

  3. [...] more images of a bike dog trailer that he has been working on. Previously Bob had sent us some images of his DIY bike cargo trailers. Here’s what Bob has to say about his latest [...]

  4. [...] up the good work. This is Bob’s third submission, following up his DIY dog trailer and the “blue” trailer. For a non DIY bike cargo option, check out a Wandertec Bongo Bike Trailer or a Croozer Cargo Bike [...]

  5. Ted Burrell says:

    I also use the goose-neck hitch on my travel trailer. The hitch carries six wires from a taillight interface to the bike-mounted switches: two wires to one switch over the rear wheel to activate the brake lights, four wires ( one a common feed) to a square-tubular mounted set of three toggle switches attached to the handlebar.
    My 26-year-old bike trailer, invented by this Canadian, has yet to be seen stateside. I’m hoping to get to Minnesota and Montana this spring and summer.
    Pictures are on my Facebook photo gallery.

  6. John Russo says:

    hello. this is for “Bob” or anyone able to inform.
    I recently purchased a Burly Travoy for grocery shopping in NYC. I use the public CitiBike system where the bike which is not mine is returned to a public docking system necessitating removal of the hitch clamp from the seat post every time. I was just wondering if there was a quicker release mechanism for the part that clamps onto the seat stem post instead of using the method of unscrewing the machine bolts each time. Does a mechanism exist which adapts to the standard issue Burley Travoy hitch??? Thank you in advance for any advice.

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