How to Build a Bicycle Wheel Cart

How to Build a Bicycle Wheel Cart
If you've been in a foreign country you may have noticed bicycle ice cream or snow cone carts. Bicycle wheel carts have been around for a long time. Third world countries use them as mobile vending stands and for hauling produce to market. You can use a damaged shopping cart from your local grocery store to build something similar. Imagine how much you could haul if you had a grocery cart attached to your bike.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Metal shopping cart
  • Hacksaw
  • 2 matching front wheels with the forks still attached (26 inch or larger wheels)
  • Measuring tape
  • 6 or more small U-clamps (about 1 inch in diameter)
  • Crescent wrench
  • Lady's bike with 10 or more speeds
  • Bike wrenches
  • Metal file
  • Large U-clamp (must fit around the head tube of your bike)
  • 2 to 4 hose clamps
  • Screwdrivers
  • Tin can
  • Tin snips
  • Duct tape
Step 1
Cut the basket of your grocery cart away from its wheeled platform with a hacksaw. Cut the four support legs as close as possible to the basket.
Step 2
Attach the forks and wheels from a bicycle to the grocery cart. Put a fork on each side of the cart so that the wheel axles are a few inches below the bottom of the cart. The forks should be near the back of the cart where the thickest bars are. Check that both forks are in line with each other. Clamp the forks to your cart where the beefy bars cross each other. Attach two clamps with a crescent wrench to each inner fork with a gap of about 8 inches between them. Make sure your cart is level before you tighten the clamps.
Step 3
Remove the front wheel from the lady's bike using bike wrenches, followed by the brakes and brake handles. Loosen the handlebars and rock them back and forth to spread the neck, then remove them. Leave the neck in place. File the front fork dropouts (that fit over your front wheel axle) until they're wide enough to accommodate the heavy bar that stretches across the bottom back of your grocery cart.
Step 4
Turn the front forks backwards and center them on the heavy bar at the bottom back of your cart with the tape measure. Clamp each side of the fork to the bottom part of the cart where the thick bars are with U-clamps. Clamp the neck to the cart just below its upper edge with the large U-clamp. Cut your tin can into strips with the tin snips and stuff them inside the clamp if you need a tighter fit. Reattach your gear shifters to the neck and secure the bottom and sides of the swinging cart back with the hose clamps to keep it from moving. Reattach the back brakes and mount the back brake handle to your cart by wrapping tin can strips around the brake handle and cart, then covering the strips with a few wraps of duct tape. Leave the front brakes off.

Tips & Warnings

Since you don't have handlebars or a single front wheel you'll be steering by leaning in the opposite direction you want to go.

Article Written By Dan Eash

Dan Eash began writing professionally in 1989, with articles in LaHabra's "Daily Star Progress" and the "Fullerton College Magazine." Since then, he's created scripts for doctor and dentist offices and published manuals, help files and a training video. His freelance efforts also include a book. Eash has a Fullerton College Associate of Arts in music/recording production and a Nova Institute multimedia production certificate.

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