Has anyone built a hot rod kids trailer?

Discussion in 'BIKE TALK' started by Ape Stanger, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. Ape Stanger

    Ape Stanger

    0   0   0

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2012
    Messages:
    295
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Looking for ideas for a rat rod bike trailer so I can take my toddler out for rides.
  2. yoothgeye

    yoothgeye I <3 Single Speeds Moderator

    Rating - 100%
    4   0   0

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2010
    Messages:
    7,938
    Location:
    Roanoke Rapids, NC
    Just speaking from my experience, I have a kid trailer, it's heavy, doesn't fit well on sidewalks and puts kids out in traffic. I guess it pulls just fine, but let me offer you an alternative.

    My friend found me one of these Tag Along bikes that attaches to the seat post of the towing bike, the kind that has a crank and handlebars so that the child can pedal. Anyway, I see them regularly for around $30-$50, I got mine for $5. I removed the chain and crank and installed my daughter's stem mounted child seat to the seat post. She LOVES it, and it pulls easier than the trailer, keeps her right in line with me, I can go up and down curbs easier, it's lighter than the trailer, and I just think it's safer. I have swapped out the seat post that the seat is mounted on with a 1 1/8" adjustable stem so that my daughter can have a handlebar to hold onto. Before we take it on vacation this summer I will give it the normal rat treatment, red rim, flat black, hopefully I can find a 20" whitewall, and I will attach a bike flag mast with my old pirate flag attached.
  3. Buck Masterson

    Buck Masterson

    0   0   0

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2007
    Messages:
    826
    Location:
    Manhattan Illinois
    That is an AWESOME idea! As far as that goes, you don't even have to remove the crank and chain for an easy swap when they get older. Thank you for the idea! I have been trying to find one of those for my 6 year old, but people around here are crazy with prices, I could hook up a car seat to it and take BOTH of them!! I love this web page! :)
  4. yoothgeye

    yoothgeye I <3 Single Speeds Moderator

    Rating - 100%
    4   0   0

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2010
    Messages:
    7,938
    Location:
    Roanoke Rapids, NC
    I decided to go ahead and remove the crank because that gives the bike more ground clearance and when you take it over curbs and roots and stuff it would drag. It also cuts down on weight (a crank and chain don't seem like much, till they're gone). I also plan to squeeze the dropouts in and put a front wheel on it. I never planned to use this as a "pedaler" anyway since the popular consensus on these is that the kid isn't ever going to pedal anyway, they just ride, so you might as well make it a little easier for you by putting the thing on a diet. Anyway, any child large enough to pedal one of these is big enough to be riding on their own, and if you are just using this because your kid needs a break from riding on a long trip, then they still don't need a crank, just pegs will do. haha

    Keep your eyes open for the cheap ones, but I'll tell you what's worked for me in the past, put up a wanted ad on Craigslist, people have these things sitting in their garages and forget about them. Check thrift stores.
  5. Ape Stanger

    Ape Stanger

    0   0   0

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2012
    Messages:
    295
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Thanks yoothgeye, that's a great idea.
  6. mrflagman

    mrflagman

    0   0   0

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2010
    Messages:
    245
    Location:
    LaCrosse Wi
    Could you post a pic of this setup?^^^
  7. yoothgeye

    yoothgeye I <3 Single Speeds Moderator

    Rating - 100%
    4   0   0

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2010
    Messages:
    7,938
    Location:
    Roanoke Rapids, NC
    Still needs paint and accessories. You can see the mount on the front where the handlebar was originally. There is now enough room on the front for pannier bags or baskets.

    [​IMG]
  8. brett4christ

    brett4christ

    0   0   0

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2009
    Messages:
    370
    Location:
    Greenville, NC USA
    This is a variation of what I was thinking of for the Build-Off! Only think "recovery"!
  9. yoothgeye

    yoothgeye I <3 Single Speeds Moderator

    Rating - 100%
    4   0   0

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2010
    Messages:
    7,938
    Location:
    Roanoke Rapids, NC
    As you can see, the tag-a-long is a looptail... how cool is that? I really want a 20" disc for the wheel, I might just make one.

    Notice the tube under the BB, that was made to protect the chainring over bumps and curbs, I will be cutting that off.
  10. oldgreaser

    oldgreaser Pro Member

    Rating - 100%
    1   0   0

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2010
    Messages:
    151
    Location:
    Elmhurst, Illinois
    Dude that is a genius idea,!!!! 8)
  11. brett4christ

    brett4christ

    0   0   0

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2009
    Messages:
    370
    Location:
    Greenville, NC USA
    YG, Instead of discs, look for 16" hubcaps. I am pretty sure these and the 20" bike wheels are close to the same diameter. Old Lincoln caps would look cool!cools
  12. yoothgeye

    yoothgeye I <3 Single Speeds Moderator

    Rating - 100%
    4   0   0

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2010
    Messages:
    7,938
    Location:
    Roanoke Rapids, NC
    I could see finding newer 16" hubcaps, but most older ones would be 15"
  13. brett4christ

    brett4christ

    0   0   0

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2009
    Messages:
    370
    Location:
    Greenville, NC USA
    In the late 40's-early 50's there were SOME 16" wheels, granted not many, but there were some. also, check aftermarket for some Moon-style lakes covers. I KNOW they come in 16".
  14. yoothgeye

    yoothgeye I <3 Single Speeds Moderator

    Rating - 100%
    4   0   0

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2010
    Messages:
    7,938
    Location:
    Roanoke Rapids, NC
    I just think they would dish out too much from the rim to the axle to fit in between the dropouts, especially once I go to a front wheel.
  15. chagovatoloco

    chagovatoloco

    0   0   0

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2010
    Messages:
    179

    That is awesome, I have a son on the way and this will be a great way to get him ridding with the family.
  16. yoothgeye

    yoothgeye I <3 Single Speeds Moderator

    Rating - 100%
    4   0   0

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2010
    Messages:
    7,938
    Location:
    Roanoke Rapids, NC
    Glad this has given some people some ideas, I just think this is a safer way than the trailer, you can get this out of harm's way alot quicker than a wide trailer. Is anything 100% safe, no.

    The seat on mine is a Bobike mini child seat, it is made to mount to your stem and my daughter LOVED this design better than my other kids ever did the seat that is behind the parent. WIth the "back seat" the view never changed and if you've ridden with one of those seats, the weight behind you felt funny when riding. The reason I moved her onto the tag-a-long is because though she still fits the seat just fine, she is bigger now and her helmet hits your chest when you slightly lean forward. She is in the back now, but far enough back that she has a great view.

    I sold my Bell "cocoon" rear seat for $10, but wish I'd kept it now for this trailer. Those have more head support and since little kids tend to fall asleep on bike rides that seat would keep her head from flopping around as much.

    Maybe I should make a way to recline the seat...
  17. SSponger

    SSponger

    0   0   0

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2009
    Messages:
    19
    I've seen something like this...but for a dog, but maybe help with some ideas?

    [​IMG]
  18. fatkid

    fatkid

    Rating - 100%
    1   0   0

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2009
    Messages:
    166
    Location:
    Mesa, AZ
    ^ Now that's cool. I want one.
  19. Bigcam59

    Bigcam59

    0   0   0

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2009
    Messages:
    1,384

Share This Page