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Shopping Anyone?

by Melanie Colavito

We received this most excellent photo from Tony at Tony’s Trailers. Ever wonder what happens to those abandon shopping carts you see miles from any food store? It’s not just the bag people that make good use of them. No need to try and come up with some creative cargo trailer, the food and grocery store industry has been providing them for years.

Based on my diagnosis of this photo it looks like Tony has taken an old steel mountain bike fork, judging from the presence of the break bosses, and the curved legs and attached a 16 or 20 inch wheel to it for the rear end. He then welded the frame and crown to the bottom of the shopping cart. For the tow arm it appears he used a bent piece of 1 inch steal welded to the rear push side of the cart. I like how the kiddie flip down seat has been turned the other way, most likely acting as extra support for the tow arm. finally, the tow arm is welded to a seat post attachment system.

Tony suggested the caption for this trailer be “Peak Wheel” synonymous with Peak Oil, stating that when we reach peak oil prices we will have to start using less wheels, I assume he means motorized wheels. This is one of his solutions to the impending problem. Check out other bike cargo trailer solutions to the impending oil problem. Or how about we start taxing gas and using the money to buy bike trailers?

Tony has been quite prolific with interesting bike trailer ideas over the years. Have a look at this interesting bike tent trailer that we discussed a while back.

BOB Trailer x 2

4 Responses to “Shopping Anyone?”

  1. Charlie says:

    Abandoned? More like stolen. If a cart is abandoned, it’s abandoned by the thief who stole it from the grocery store. How can anyone be proud of this?

  2. elvis says:

    nice how did you get the gosseneck on the cart

  3. tony hoar says:

    Just noticed the comment from Charlie, and I have to say he is showing the usual biased, misinformed attitude toward the homeless,
    I have converted and donated over a 100 of these carts-all donated by local supermarkets and stores who are happy to see them reused.
    I place a very large decal on them that says “STREET LEGAL SHOPPING CART BY TONY’S” TRAILERS
    It’s still ongoing!
    I also put up a nine part video for DIyers

  4. Warthog says:

    No need to castigate “Charlie” for discussing the problem of theft of shopping carts….this is a big deal, with $800MM in losses chalked up PER YEAR. On the order of $12-15000 annually per retail store. What I suggest is to work to get the cost of the bike trailer down to the point where it costs less than the replacement cost of a shopping cart, and then partner with the retail folks to donate the bike trailers to the homeless. This is almost possible today….I can buy the AOSOM Cargo Trailer online RETAIL for less than a hundred bucks. Bought in bulk by some retailer’s association, wholesale is probably less than 50 bucks.

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