Photos by James D. Schwartz / The Urban Country
I frequently pass by these homemade shopping cart bicycle trailers here in Toronto. What a great way to recycle old shopping carts, while increasing the load capacity on your bicycle at a very low cost.
These particular bike trailers were spotted at Bathurst and Richmond – in front of a bike shop called “Cyclemotive”. I haven’t actually been inside this store, since I have no interest in looking at racing bikes that probably cost as much as a BMW. I’m not even sure if these bike trailers have anything to do with the store or not either.
Nonetheless, this is the type of recycling that you would normally see in developing countries like China. The Chinese have a knack for turning old junk into useful objects. They waste very little because there is always an entrepreneur out there who can build something useful out of another man’s trash.
It’s great to see this type of simple pragmatic innovation in Canada.
If you are interested in building your own utility trailer, a good website that specializes in this is Tony’s Trailers. Tony’s provides do-it-yourself videos and instructions for homemade trailers, and he also sells pre-built trailers – from mobile shelters, to kayak trailers, to vehicles for the disabled.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any space to store a large utility trailer, so I will stick to my rack and pannier bags.