How to Make a Dog Trailer for a Bike

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When your best friend is too tired, consider constructing a dog trailer for your bike to take him with you.
When your best friend is too tired, consider constructing a dog trailer for your bike to take him with you. (Image: dog image by Michal Tudek from Fotolia.com)

Store-bought bicycle trailers for dogs can be expensive, with some running upwards of $500. Yet, with the right tools and about an hour of your time, it`s possible to make a dog trailer at a fraction of the cost, Keep in mind though that a project like this is not intended for beginners. If improperly constructed, the trailer could lead to serious injury to riders and their dogs.

Things You'll Need

  • Aluminum tubing
  • Trailer base
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Lynch pins
  • Nylon webbing
  • Double-sided tape
  • Rope

Drill holes through each of the four corners of the trailer base. Also, drill holes on either end of the aluminum tubing to match those on the base, and for later securing the nylon netting.

Drill holes on the trailer base and aluminum tubing.
Drill holes on the trailer base and aluminum tubing. (Image: Electric drill with a drill on a white background image by terex from Fotolia.com)

Secure the tubing to the base with the screws. Check to make sure the tubing is tightly secured.

Make sure the screws are tight and tubing is secure.
Make sure the screws are tight and tubing is secure. (Image: screws image by dinostock from Fotolia.com)

Insert lynch pins through the holes in the top of the tubing, and string through nylon netting. After the initial setup is complete, position the netting so that it's taut, and secure it to the tubes with double-sided tape.

Tie a piece of rope, the length of your choice, to the trailer base attachment. Then tie the other end to the area underneath the bicycle seat or the trailer hitch.

Bicycles with trailer hitches are easier to use.
Bicycles with trailer hitches are easier to use. (Image: bicycle image by david harding from Fotolia.com)

Tips & Warnings

  • When tying the rope to the trailer, do not use a normal knot - under pressure, it may untie. Instead, use a special rope knot such as a single loop. Also, don't let a child attempt this unattended.

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