Now there’s a term you might not be familiar with – so what is bikepacking?!?
It’s like backpacking, but instead of hiking to get where you’re going, you ride a bike. Some people strap packs or panniers to their bike to carry what they need, some choose to pull a small trailer. For mountain bikers and those who prefer the rougher terrain, a single wheel trailer called a B.O.B. (Beast Of Burden) seems to be the favorite. It’s designed to track well over obstacles, and is no wider than the bike’s handlebars; meaning if the bike fits through, so will the trailer. But wow, those things aren’t cheap!
My homemade version is built from a couple of folding chairs, a few bike parts, and an old trucker’s tarp. These pics show the trailer frame in the initial design stages. A big “thanks!” to my good friend David who offered his welding skills to make this happen.
The following pics show the finished product – I’m very happy with it! It tracks perfectly and carries as much as I throw on it. It’s just odd enough that I get a lot of questions and complements from other bikers on the trail.