DIY Cycle Trailers & Cargo Bikes

Building your own trailer should be easy on the pocket, making use of easy to come by bits. There are a fair few sites offering instructions on how to build your own bike trailer, often out of reused bike parts and sometimes needing no welding.

Re-Cycle’s Trailer

Instructions are available via the Re-Cycle webite  here>>    Extra info, plus feedback can be found here >>

Bamboo Trailer


Another neat design is from Nick at Carry Freedom trailers. Designed for the developing world, the bamboo trailer plans are available for download here>>

DIY Longtail (Xtracycle style)

Another diy project that needs no welding – this time a longtail cargo bike.

In 2013, two of us cycled to The Gambia from northern Spain to work on a bicycle recycling project. We created a similar longtail cargo bike, as seen below. This one, however, was welded.


The full article relating to the building of this cargo bike can be found here>>

Another cargo bike built in the Gambia, this time in a Long John style can be found here at Atomic Zombie


And here’s the video of it being built.


One response to “DIY Cycle Trailers & Cargo Bikes

  • DIY Cargo Bike

    I think a hub gear is pretty good on a long tail to avoid chain flop, which can be excessive.

    For the same rpice as an xtracycle, you can buy a welder and steel. A gasless mig is a good choice, and a cheap steel frame. Welding is surprisingly forgicng and you can use the welder to fix loads of other stuff.

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