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  • SaltyGrease PRO 4y

    Maybe I've asked you this before, but I'd like a cargo trailer, maybe a bit bigger and beefier than this, for work. Any good resources for plans, parts, hardware, etc? This looks like an excellent setup.
  • Mark Stosberg PRO 4y

    The trailer is made by Bikes-at-Work. They make wider and longer versions as well. The trailer above is has two additional extensions that make it as long as eight feet.

    However, your incentive with a bike trailer is to keep it narrower if you can ( making it wider than your handlebars makes navigation and handling more awkward ). You also want to make it shorter if you can, because the extra trailer length adds trailer-weight, but it doesn't support any more cargo-weight. The full eight-foot trailer weighs 47 lbs by itself-- you better be carrying something really long or very heavy to make that worthwhile!

    That's why I have been using the trailer in the shortest configuration lately. For what I want to carry, I can get away, I can get away with stacking two tubs like this, without fear of tipping, and coming close enough to maxing out the amount of weight I'd want to carry.

    For this bike fabricating a custom hitch was required. For a regular mountain bike, that's not a problem.
  • SaltyGrease PRO 4y

    I'll check out Bikes-at-work. Weight is not a huge concern for me, but I'd like to be able to carry a couple of hundred pounds. I need to get a "work truck" sort of bike first. Old high-end steel frame mountain bikes are everywhere here for cheap. Pinky
    Pinky 1/31/2011 by SaltyGrease
    would never put up with such indignity as a cargo trailer.
  • SaltyGrease PRO 4y

    I see 300lbs! That's probably plenty, given our hills. Now I just need to figure out how to do it for cheaper.
  • Mark Stosberg PRO 4y

    Another idea: You could try hooking up an electric push trailer to Pinky.

    In Portland, people also build and sell Truck Trikes.

    Both Clever Cycles and Joe Bike should have some electric/cargo options to try locally in Portland.
  • NathanielOffer 4y

    Your photos are an inspiration to me
  • Mark Stosberg PRO 4y

    I'm glad you enjoy them Nathaniel. Feel free to add me as a contact if you'd like to keep up with new ones I post. I hauled another couch earlier today that I might post.
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