TRAILERS AND OTHER PEDAL-POWERED PRODUCTS
Bikes are useful not only for getting yourself around - but also for using your energy to transport other people or products or to power things like generators or irrigations pumps.
This page focuses on these products - starting with trailers. Other products will follow. You can find something about trailer science here.The "Waitrose" shopping trailer.
We became interested in the Waitrose trailer because it seemed perfect for carrying a cricket bag. Students who have to take their cricket kit to school - or to their local cricket club - say that they cannot go by bike because they have to carry their cricket bag; so someone usually takes them by car. As you can see from the photo below, the "Waitrose" trailer holds a cricket bag perfectly.
The Waitrose trailer is only available at selected Waitrose stores to customers who want to take their shopping home by bike, where the goods are placed in the trailer and hitched to your bike - which has to be returned within three days. The nearest store having the trailer is Cirencester, which kindly lent this one to us for BIKE WEEK. You can learn more here
about the trailer and how to get one.
Photo: the "Waitrose" trailer attached to a Brompton folding bikeThe "Bamboo" bicycle trailer.
The "bamboo" bicycle trailer is designed for the developing world. The plans allow anyone to build a trailer out of almost anything with hardly any tools using locally available materials - and it has many uses, from acting as an ambulance to carrying food to market. This is Carry Freedom for everyone.
The trailer is relevant here in Stroud - for carrying cricket bags or bags or crops harvested from the allotment - so we have used the design to build the trailer using locally avalable materials. The modifications of the original design and the construction of this prototype were done by Brian Harrison of Stanley Engineers in Ryeford. The main structure is built from TV aerial rods, of the kind that you see on roofs, and these were given to us by A-Z Aerials
based in Coaley. The rods are fixed together using Jubilee clips and plastic ties. Brian Harrison made some metal fittings to hold the wheels and to link the trailer to the bicycle. The raw material for the trailer - excluding the wheels, which came from the tip - cost about £15 - and the trailer was featured in an article
in STROUD LIFE.
Below are some photos of the trailer and of the fittings.