innovative bike trailer for lawn care business
This summer, I started a lawn care business, which has grown to 22 clients. I don’t drive yet and my street is a mile long, and so I realized the difficulty in hauling my equipment to each house. I decided to design a trailer to pull behind my bike. It needed to support the weight of my 150-pound mower, backpack blower, trimmer, edger, and gas cans. I used a pair of old bike tires to give it stability. Using my Ryobi chop saw, I cut the platform from strips of plywood, and added side braces for the trimmer and edger. I added hinged blocks to the front that come up when I’m riding, but can be put down to provide stability when loading and unloading. A simple two-by-four acts as a brake so I can unload my mower easily. I tested the weight, and it was stable. Now the hard part of figuring out how to attach the trailer to my bike. It needed to withstand turns without snapping, yet be strong enough to support the weight. After lots of brainstorming, I purchased a tow bar meant for bike strollers. It had a flexible joint designed to give a little room around turns. I used my saw to cut braces that reinforced the tow bar. These wedges stabilize the screws and keep them from snapping. A few tweaks later, and I was in business! I use the trailer every day to cut back on transportation in order to cut more lawns. In my small town, the trailer has become a novelty hit. I’m often waved down by cars to answer questions about my creation. I suppose it has excited people to see some creativity. I simply saw it as a way to solve my first problem as an entrepreneur.