If you really want to make a serious leap into using a bike to replace a car for every day tasks, you have to find a way to transport stuff. Backpacks are the most common way to transport stuff and panniers and rack mounted storage options are the next "step up." We have featured several types of hacked panniers - see here for one example and here for another.
If you really step your game up you go for a trailer or a cargo bike like the Surly Big Dummy. A hack on the Big Dummy concept was submitted by a reader in the past who turned a tandem bike into a cargo bike.
A trailer is another option and readers have submitted some great hacked trailers. We have featured an ironing board trailer, a wheel chair trailer, and a jogging stroller trailer. Thanks to reader Jose, we now have a bed frame trailer. All text and pictures below are credited to Jose. If you have a creative way to transport cargo, let us know.
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After a long night of rifling through all the hacks on this site and filling my brain with bike hack fantasies, I decided on the one thing I actually needed. Realizing next that I didn't have the money or the welding equipment to make my dream trailer, I called in a friend.
I scored the mattress frame from a baby crib and asked my cousin Chris to go to town on it. The additional scrap came from a Huffy some sucker abandoned at my house.
Total cost (minus breakin' off Chris a little) about $10.
All credit goes to Chris, Thanks homie!
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