Build a Bike Trailer Course-LONDON

Build a Bike Trailer Course-LONDON

If you not dining with him?? by candle light or smothering her with red roses, then you could be building a wicked bicycle trailer! Ditch Valentine, dig trailers…..

Venue: London, Hackney City Farm, 1a Goldsmith’s Row, London E2 8QA

Date: Sunday 14th February 2010

Time: 10:00 till 17:00

Cost: ??40

As the name suggests this course is for those interested in learning how to build a bicycle trailer. In a day you will learn how to build a bicycle trailer from green wood and steel that is strong enough to carry a person.

The trailer you create is a combination of traditional woodcraft combined with contemporary engineering principles. The skills you develop will give you the knowledge to build a bicycle trailer from any material. Participants will receive a handout with a resource list and can buy pre-cut bracket/bolt sets from the course tutor.

1) Introduction to bicycle trailers, what they can do and why they are great.
2) Introduction to the Bamboo Trailer plans (on which the course trailer is based)
3) Fabrication of metal components, wheel brackets and towing hitch.
4) Fabrication of main chassis of the trailer.
5) Tensioning and aligning the trailer
6) Fitting the trailer onto a bike, and testing (playing with) it.

Nick Lobnitz is a mechanical engineer, farmer and silversmith. He founded Carry Freedom, and Paper Bicycle, companies that manufacture bicycles and trailers for bicycles.

Nick developed the Bamboo Trailer plans to allow anyone to build a usable bicycle trailer from cheap materials. Since 2005 about 4,000 trailers have been built. You can learn more about the project at

There may still be some places left. If you???re interested, email info[at]magnificentrevolution[dot]org or click on the link below to purchase a place on the course. Book early to avoid disappointment.

The course is refundable up to 7 days prior to the course (minus ??10 admin fee). No refunds for cancellations within 7 days of the course.

Bring pack lunch or you can have lunch in the Hackney City Farm Cafe!


How to get to Hackney City Farm, London

Hackney City Farm is located on the corner of Goldsmith’s Row and Hackney Road, approximately halfway between Shoreditch High Street and Cambridge Heath Road.

The main landmark is the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (now redundant), which borders the Farm immediately due west. The farm is sited on the edge of Haggerston Park, opposite the famous Columbia Road Flower market.

By public transport

Buses that stop outside of Hackney City Farm
26 from Waterloo train station

48 from London Bridge train station

26, 48 from Liverpool Street train station

Underground Stations
Bethnal Green (about a 15/20 minute walk)
Liverpool Street (catch a 26 or 48 Bus)
Old Street (exit 2, catch a 55 bus)