Cyclist Takes Bed Along in Homemade Trailer (Oct, 1940)

Cyclist Takes Bed Along in Homemade Trailer

TOWING his sleeping quarters behind him in a compact trailer, an eighteen-year-old cyclist of Menominee, Mich., recently traveled nearly 1,200 miles to Boston, Mass., economically and comfortably. Post cards that he sold to curious spectators paid for his supplies during the fourteen-day journey. Streamline in shape, the sturdy trailer is a homemade product of his own design. He is shown above demonstrating his sleeping quarters to an admiring hotel doorman.

7 comments
  1. Stannous says: May 17, 20074:01 pm

    “He is shown above demonstrating his sleeping quarters to an admiring hotel doorman.”

    Oh, I thought the doorman rode inside…

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  4. Vernon Huffman says: August 1, 20094:15 pm

    Riding that old dog of a bike 1,200 miles, even without a wooden trailer, would be quite a feat.

  5. Toronto says: August 1, 200911:43 pm

    Not really – I rode a similar style of bike (albeit with multiple speeds)around Lake Ontario several years ago. As to it being an ‘old dog’, I’m sure it was newish then.

    Based on my experience with towing things with bikes, the wheels and tires of the trailer would be the biggest problem. My current cargo trailer has 8×3″ tires, and is *far* worse to tow than my old one that had 10×1″ tires. Some thief is riding very efficiently now. (But the new one has a much higher weight capability – useful during our just-ended garbage strike.)

  6. Vernon Huffman says: August 2, 20091:45 pm

    I’ve bicycled more than 10,000 miles through 28 states, in addition to 25 years of commuting. I’ve come to appreciate a broad range of gears, especially when hauling a trailer. I hauled two-year-old twins 4,500 miles in a two wheeled trailer, but I’d choose the one-wheeled BOB as easiest to haul. Ironically, I’d bet my camp on the BOB was much more comfortable than his wooden trailer.

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