How to Build a Bicycle Wheel Cart


Bicycle trailers can make some of the most arduous tasks seem easy. The handy carts can safely transport children, store textbooks or bring home groceries. Plus, it's larger size makes it more handy than a handlebar basket. But store-bought bicycle trailers can be costly. The good news is with the right materials - trailers can be make out of metal, wood or even aluminum siding - it is possible to construct one at home for a fraction of the cost.

Things You'll Need

  • Five pieces of plywood
  • Two bicycle wheels
  • Axle and wheel-attachment kit
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Wood glue
  • Bike hitch

Building a bicycle wheel cart with plywood

  • Plan before you buy. Pre-determine your trailer's dimensions. If using plywood, consider having a professional cut it to the desired length and width.

  • Lay one piece of plywood on an even surface, face down. Use the wood glue to secure the other four pieces perpendicularly to the main piece, which will serve as the trailer floor. After the glue dries, further secure the pieces by nailing them together.

  • Attach the wheels to the axle using the wheel-attachment kit. Secure the axle to the trailer by following the kit's instructions.

  • Attach a hitch to your trailer. Once the hitch is in place, connect the trailer to the bicycle, and you're ready to hit the road.

Tips & Warnings

  • Axles and wheel-attachment kits are available at most local hobby stores. Make sure to buy a simple hammer-and-nails kit.

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  • Photo Credit bicycle image by Vitezslav Halamka from Bicycle wheel image by Radu Razvan from
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