Kayak Bike Trailer Maiden Voyage

Sunday, 30 August 2009
Bike Kayak TrailerMy father recently designed and fabricated a trailer for my sea kayak that I could pull behind my bike. It’s super light weight and built out of electrical conduit and some old bike tires he found in the garbage. I believe the whole thing cost him $18.

When I told my dad my idea for a trailer he thought I was crazy and asked where I planned on going. You see, Toronto has a great bike path system that runs parallel with the waterfront. I sometimes get tired of constantly launching from where I store my boat so this should help with quick jumps to either end of the city.

Today I battled the streets of downtown Toronto to give it a try and I’m happy to report that I made it back safely and it looks like the trailer is going to work out well.

I do have to make a few modifications to it. For example, the total length of the trailer is over 12 feet long (that’s without a boat on it) so I need to add some flags to the axle so cars will know not to pull out right behind me.

I also need to narrow the axle a bit as it’s a little wide. Good for stability I guess but I’m worried that cars will clip the trailer tire as it sticks out a bit. Should be fine on bike paths where I will be doing most of my riding.

I will admit that it caused quite a stir when riding down the road. Lots of people pointing and staring and the cop that was directing traffic through one of the interesting totally did a double take when I went through.

Here is a collection of other photos of the trailer.

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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