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All hail the bike cargo trailer!

Bike cargo trailers are amazing tools for getting more out of a bicycle -- and keeping you a out of your car. In all their variety, bike cargo trailers are the perfect tools for hauling stuff by bike.

We cover touring, commuting, errands, and generally doing more by bike -- so we don't leave out cargo bikes and conversions.

The topics of bike child trailers and trailer-cycles are covered in our Family Cycling section.

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DIY Bicycle Trailer List

Here at the Bike Trailer Shop we have a strong passion for anything pulled behind a bike, and that includes DIY projects. We understand that some people might not have the means to dish out $200 or more for a cargo trailer, or they just want to have a home made trailer to show off.

Below are three lists of links to DIY bike trailers. They are categorized on my personal opinion of how the instructions to build are written and presented. Please understand that anything you build you are responsible for, in other words dont get mad at us if it doesnt work the way you expected.

Good instructions:

Includes a few pictures and some guild lines on how to build.

ReCycle Cargo Trailer
Moving Trolly Bike Trailer
Seat Post Basket Trailer
Pull Behind Cart Trailer
Number Two Trailer
Xn Trick Cycles Trailer
Crazy Frame Trailer

Better instructions:

Includes good pictures and detailed instructions.

El Cheapo Trailer
Cheap But Good Trailer
Bamboo Trailer
International Bicycle Fund Cargo Trailer
Rubbermade Trailer
Bigger Bike Trailer
Big Dumb Trailer

Best instructions:

Includes many pictures with step by step instructions and item lists.

Tasmanian Single Roller
Single Wheeled Trailer
Flatbed Trailer
Bike Blender
Temporary Bike Trailer
Roof Rack Trailer
Conduit Trailer
Seat Mount Rubbermade Trailer
Re~Cycle Trailer
Side Rail Trailer

If you are interested in building one of the trailers you have seen here we have a detailed post about Hitches and Couplers that might be handy to read when deciding how to attach the trailer to your bike. If you don’t have the DIY bug but are still interested in viewing more trailers we have a compiled a large list of bike trailers that might assist you in your search for the perfect trailer.

I will continue to add items to this list as I stumble upon more DIY trailers. If you know of a good project that I havent posted on my list please post the URL in the comment box and tell us about it.

Related posts:

  1. The Bike Trailer List
  2. Bicycle Trailer hitches and couplers
  3. The Wacky World of Bike Trailer Tents Part 2
  4. $75 Bike Trailer Dreams
20 Responses to DIY Bicycle Trailer List
  1. Andy in Germany
    December 17, 2008 | 12:19 am

    Great list, and just what I was looking for. Thanks.

  2. RJ
    January 3, 2009 | 11:43 pm

    THANK YOU for putting this resource together!


  3. Concretin Nik
    January 17, 2009 | 6:54 pm

    I found this kit… Thinking of using it to build a custom trailer/stroller for my son.


    They seemed willing to sell a custom kit as well.
    Will let you know if/when I get it done…

  4. Tom
    January 20, 2009 | 5:56 pm
  5. Bradly Fletchall
    January 29, 2009 | 9:30 am

    Great post. Bookmarked, Tagged, and Twittered. I’m going to give one of these projects a try this spring.

  6. Robin
    February 10, 2009 | 2:59 pm

    I will update this list soon! Thanks for the feedback!

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  8. Gerry Lauzon
    February 20, 2009 | 11:56 pm

    I’m glad to see that my trailers are part of this list. They are still being used to this day. I’m thinking about making another one this summer.

    Gerry :)

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  15. Theo K
    June 8, 2010 | 7:45 pm

    Hi There, It’s a good site you have. Sure I’ll have it a try to build one. Thanks.

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  20. Michael
    May 3, 2011 | 9:00 am

    A very good resource. Thanks for compiling it!
    One of the best trailer bike websites is for the Bike-Buggy Trailer.

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