Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Build a cargo bike from Recycled parts ???

It is best to start with an old small bike then get BMX rims. You can put 16” [rim size] x 2.25” motorcycle tires on a BMX rim made for 20” bicycle tires. Bicycle tires are useless for heavy duty use. I used to go through two crappy sets of bicycle tires every year untill I discovered 4 ply motorcycle tires. And they are cheaper than bicycle tires.

You may need to rebuild the rear end of most small bikes to fit a wider tire in there. And you won't need rim brakes but you will need disc brakes and mounting tabs, which requires a special jig to braze it on in the correct fitting. Ask at a bike shop who has one. See the rear fork made of rectangular tubing.

For a really heavy duty tractor to haul a large trailer, think about very low gears; You don't need speed. Hub motors are made for speed, so I put a motor with planetary gears built in. A mid drive is good if you need more than one gear reduction. For steep hills I need a second slower hill climbing gear. See my build thread here: Mt.Goat Cycletruck build.

You will probably need some extra tubes from old bike frames to beef up the frame of the small bike. Square tubes or 1.25” flat bar for the front and rear racks. But you can make round tubes work if you think about it. Don't just let the ends hang there because they can start a vibration, so brace the ends. The front rack needs to NOT be connected to the steering fork, because it will effect the steering badly.

Racks are the most important part!

Double Drive-chain

Sprockets for heavy duty mid-mounted motors

Motorcycle Tires for Cargo bikes

Heavy Duty Wide Hubs for Large Tires

Heavy Duty Wheels

Improved CycleTruck

A smaller Drive Wheel is like a Lower Gear!

Fixed Gear Drives (Non-Hub Direct Rear Drives)

Cycle Tracter

Choosing a Motor

Buying a Battery

This is the best thing for utility cycles, a two speed crank! With a Nuvinci infinite gear hub.


with out very low gears this will be a bugger to ride.

It is passable to build one of these from a folding bike.
Flat bar 1/8th inch by two inch can hold more weight than than the wheels can.

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