I have a dream. A dream to own a bike trailer one day. This dream will likely require that I not live in a fourth floor walk up apartment building that is 111 years old and is square footage challenged. Reader Mark contacted us with a great little hack of a trailer meant to haul kids, but that he has re-purposed to haul windsurfing equipment. All text and the picture below credited to Mark.
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I used a bike trailer designed for children to transport a full windsurfing setup. I used the existing parts, just reconfigured them to hold what I needed.
This trailer that I pulled my two kids around in has a handle that attaches to the back so that you can use it as a stroller. So I clamped the handle to the front instead and slipped the seat backing off of the cross bar that holds it up. This was simple because the whole thing is designed to fold.
Then I just put surf pads on the crossbar and the handle and Voilà! A surfboard rack. I then took some webbing that I had from my climbing days and strapped the rest of the gear to hang underneath the crossbars. My wetsuit and all the other stuff goes into the seating area of the trailer.
BTW, this is an $80 trailer from Target (InSTEP Journey Bicycle Trailer) so it's easily accessible to most. And although I love to get out my tools, the only tool I used to mod this was a screwdriver needed to detach the seat backing from the crossbar. The other thing I like about this hack is that the trailer is easily returned to it's original purpose.