Lonny Grafman writes in about a tutorial on making your own bike trailer. The folks at the Appropedia wiki write:

It’s a lot of fun hauling cargo around on a bike. A bike trailer can make a bicycle more practical for transporting groceries, laundry, friends, etc. This is one of the least-expensive bike trailer designs out there, all that is needed to build a backpack-frame bike trailer is an old external-frame backpack, 18 feet of metal conduit, and some other hardware.

Make your own bike trailer from a frame pack – Link.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • Aaron Antrim

    Since this is a wiki, many authors contribute to creating content, not just the Sysop. Lonny’s wonderful, and he does an amazing amount, but he was not the author of this page (though he probably contributed). Probably the best approach would just be to drop specific attribution altogether, or just say “the authors write…”

    Aaron AntrimGreen Wheels

  • Becky Stern

    You’re right. Thanks!

  • Lonny

    Thanks for the post Becky and thanks for the correction Aaron. I see that there are some conversations on other blogs linking back to this blog about the backpack bike trailer. Some have questioned the stability of the trailer. Just wanted to mention here that not only is it light, but it is very strong and stable.

    Thanks again and happing biking.

  • Chriswaterguy

    He’s not wearing a helmet!

    But that aside, this would be extremely useful. Much better than trying to carry a huge load of shopping etc on your back while cycling.

  • Joe Blow

    Am I the only one who noticed that road is wet? And the rider’s bike has no fenders? What ever is in that trailer is going to be COVERED in road grime and sludge. Pehaps this guy should continue to leave the helmet at home?

  • may

    What an interesting way to get people interested in reading! Book trailers are like movie trailers, but for books! You can find them all over the internet now, but here is a site that’s featuring them on YouTube.