Tool carrier beta

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  • 11-20-2008
    airwreck
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    Tool carrier beta
    gave this setup a try and I like it.
    It's a Carver surfboard carrier.
  • 11-20-2008
    emptybe_er
    Yeah, good idea. . . but, um, how do you manage to keep the bike leaned over enough to get any digging done? And what if you have to dig on the left side? :rolleyes: Only jokin'. Good to see the red-dirt from da aina represented! Auwrighht!
  • 11-20-2008
    airwreck
    wait until you see the weedeater (running) setup :D
  • 11-20-2008
    radair
    Wow, I never knew such a thing existed. And I used to live to surf.

    How does it handle in singletrack, need to compensate for the weight on one side?

    Does this price ($85) seem about right?
  • 11-20-2008
    airwreck
    actually handles very well, didn't feel much if any need to compensate for it. I took it straight away to some tight twisty singletrack and it's easy to forget it's there. Need to be careful when dismounting, and it's easy to get tangled up if you fall/tip over. Seatpost QR was allowing it to twist, need to run a regular non QR type. It's very well built, solid, and adjustable. $85 sounds right.

    Don't know why I didn't think about this application before, stoked on it so far, few more rides and I'll be ready to recommend it.
  • 11-20-2008
    emptybe_er
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by airwreck
    wait until you see the weedeater (running) setup :D

    Please tell us you do not own a chainsaw. . . :eek:

    It's got to be better than using the Camelback as a carrier - from first-hand experience. Just be sure you don't wax your shovel and WD40 your board. . . :skep:
  • 11-21-2008
    radair
    Thanks. Please post a pic from the front or rear if you get a chance so the leg clearance is shown.
  • 11-21-2008
    gmcttr
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    Interesting idea. I made this single purpose carrier a week ago.
  • 11-22-2008
    airwreck
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    leg clearance is excellent, never an issue.
  • 11-22-2008
    JmZ
    I'd be nervous about having the blade end at the front. With my luck - I'd fall right there. Ouch.

    JmZ
  • 11-25-2008
    bsieb
    Seems like it would put a lot of lateral stress on the seat post/seat tube area if there were much weight on it. We had a problem last summer with bikes breaking from pulling a BOB with carsonite sign posts and driver. The BOB also broke, expanded metal bottom separated from the frame, so maybe it was too much weight, although it pulled fine. The incident made me aware that there is more to transporting with a bike than fastening the load to the bike.
  • 11-26-2008
    radair
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by JmZ
    I'd be nervous about having the blade end at the front. With my luck - I'd fall right there. Ouch.

    JmZ

    Put it in the back and you'd likely be hooking it on trees.
  • 01-06-2009
    Empty_Beer
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    Bad idea?
  • 01-20-2009
    pinkrobe
    I'd run it with the head way out in front and the handle-end lashed to the seat tube cluster. People will get out of your way, and any falls to the side or rear should not be as dicey.
  • 03-07-2009
    fastmtnbiker33w
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    I like the bob so I can carry lots of tools for others to use. Most people willing to volunteer want to ride, but don't have their own tools or a way to carry them. The bob also slows me down enough to socialize with riders who I usually never ride with.

    I ran this system today for the first time....usually just use the mcLeod and mattock. But I got the brush cutter for Christmas and finally figured out how to get it all rigged up. I added a Grape Hoe to the mix as well. So there's 3 tools and the weedeater, extra fuel, and the bag has the harness and safety gear as well as long pants.
  • 04-22-2009
    ezybike
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    My work in progress. I hope to load it up with a crew full of tools.
    The big plan is to make up a cheap easy long tail kit with tool racks that anyone can bolt on there bike. Like xtracycle.
  • 06-10-2010
    Visicypher
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    This was not easy
    ...but the BOB carried them all fine for 5 miles or so...
  • 07-04-2010
    6dogs
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    Really Expensive Tool Carrier
    It takes about 15 minutes to convert back to it's original purpose. Noise free, and it descends really nice.
  • 07-04-2010
    ezybike
    That is by far one of the coolest yet. I realy like the tool clamps. Now where to find a tandam fully?
  • 07-10-2010
    mcras
    I see that you have the most inportant trail building tool in the backpack - 6 packs of Fat Tire!
  • 08-07-2010
    diggingtrail
    Thanks for the inspiration folks. I showed one of our club members some of the pictures here, gave him the measurements, and we now have a tool carrier for our BOB trailer. This is going to work out great for us.

  • 12-11-2010
    crank1979
    I had a look at some of the other bob trailer threads and modifications.Here is what I cam up with to hold some tools more securely on the Bob trailer. There is room for a chainsaw under there, I'll just need to cut a slot in the front rack for the bar to slide through.

    I also changed the stem and rear skewer on the Devinici Magma to make it the trailer bike instead of the Giant Anthem, which I've converted back to singlespeed.







    The rack colour was dictated by what I had in the shed. Screws,nuts, washers and bolts are all stainless steel or zinc coated.

    I'm thinking of using old tubes as tie-downs instead of the occy straps I've got there and havingtwo bits per tool so I can remove each tool individually if needed instead of undoing them all like I have to do now.
  • 05-19-2012
    crank1979
    So I was last to post here a while ago...
    I modified the BoB again last night to carry a wheelbarrow for todays trackwork session.



    Using it today was hard going! As soon as I lost momentum going uphill it meant pushing and that sometimes required another person to help get the beast up the hill. Sand was fun too, causing much amusement for onlookers waiting for me to fall off, which didn't happen! One of the other volunteers had a go and described it as riding in a stream, you just have to go where it takes you and as soon as you start to wobble hold on for dear life! I can't see the wheelbarrow being towed on the trailer ever again.
  • 05-19-2012
    fastmtnbiker33w
    I'd think long and hard about putting that wheelbarrow's wheel on my bob.
  • 05-19-2012
    crank1979
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by fastmtnbiker33w View Post
    I'd think long and hard about putting that wheelbarrow's wheel on my bob.

    It would lower the centre of gravity nicely, but in the two hours I had to make the platform before the maintenance session, with the materials I had available it was the best I could do. Fortunately, using it was a one off experience.
  • 05-19-2012
    donwatts
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    Originally Posted by gmcttr View Post
    Interesting idea. I made this single purpose carrier a week ago.

    I am interested in the bike stand, did you make that? Are there plans?
  • 05-19-2012
    pascale27
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    I love this thread, do you guys think I could modify this into something servicable
  • 05-19-2012
    cheezecake
    definitly ^. Take the seat off, cranks, chain, handle bars. and weld on long skinny rack like some cargo bikes have and there ya go
  • 11-18-2012
    Dave_schuldt
    Or if you don't have a welder leave the bars and seat post on and put a rear rack on it. This will give you something to strap tools to.
  • 11-18-2012
    Chris Clutton
    I usually hike in with tools but the bob trailers look good for getting out a long distance from the truck. Check this out! BOB on Vimeo Whipping the Bob's!
  • 11-18-2012
    mtbty
    Hears how you move two piece of equipment at one time.

  • 11-26-2012
    TEAMGLP
    I am just getting into the trail building scene and looking to get tools back in the woods about 5 miles. Has anyone adapted a kids tag along for carrying tools, I have an extra at my house and thought it might work. Thanks for the great info!
  • 11-26-2012
    wyatt79m
    The trail a bike thing seems like a good idea...
  • 11-30-2012
    East Bay Rich
    drifty bob @ 225 is awesome : )

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Chris Clutton View Post
    I usually hike in with tools but the bob trailers look good for getting out a long distance from the truck. Check this out! BOB on Vimeo Whipping the Bob's!

  • 05-01-2014
    ryanxj
    Bump!

    What else ya got?
  • 05-01-2014
    gmats
    Wow, yeah, loving this thread...........
  • 11-24-2014
    B.A.R.K.
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    I too would like to see how you guys have modified kid haulers into trail day work trailers. These two types of used kid bike trailers had be found for really cheap on CL. Attachment 941558Attachment 941559
  • 02-18-2015
    dillis
    What about a non bike tool carrier? Something that I can haul 5+ tools into the wood with without a bike?

    I was thinking using a moving dolly, with a 5 gal bucket bungee'd to it. The the tool handles/heads go in the bucket, and they are bungee'd again at the top of the dolly.
  • 02-18-2015
    cerebroside
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dillis View Post
    What about a non bike tool carrier? Something that I can haul 5+ tools into the wood with without a bike?

    I was thinking using a moving dolly, with a 5 gal bucket bungee'd to it. The the tool handles/heads go in the bucket, and they are bungee'd again at the top of the dolly.

    I usually just strap them to my backpack. Should be fine with that number as long as long as your pack is sturdy enough. Stick them diagonally across (or horizontally if your trail is wide) so they don't whack you in the back of the head/knees.
  • 02-18-2015
    dillis
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by cerebroside View Post
    I usually just strap them to my backpack. Should be fine with that number as long as long as your pack is sturdy enough. Stick them diagonally across (or horizontally if your trail is wide) so they don't whack you in the back of the head/knees.

    Well, I would but my backpack is far from sturdy. That's why I'm looking for another option for carrying things on foot.
  • 02-18-2015
    aero901
    Depending on how rugged the terrain is, a wheelbarrow may work. We use a lightweight plastic tub barrow a lot when we have to move a load of tools around for work days. I regularly carry a chainsaw (with fuel, oil, and PPE), 2 stacked 5gal buckets filled with smaller hand tools and gloves, and ~10 long and short handled tools. It isn't too hard to push up hills. The wheelbarrow itself comes in handy a lot of the times as well.
  • 02-18-2015
    dillis
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by aero901 View Post
    Depending on how rugged the terrain is, a wheelbarrow may work. We use a lightweight plastic tub barrow a lot when we have to move a load of tools around for work days. I regularly carry a chainsaw (with fuel, oil, and PPE), 2 stacked 5gal buckets filled with smaller hand tools and gloves, and ~10 long and short handled tools. It isn't too hard to push up hills. The wheelbarrow itself comes in handy a lot of the times as well.

    That's what I would do, but I have to make this transportable in a mini van... What if I got a cheap foldable thing like this to use? Milwaukee 150 lb. Capacity Folding Hand Truck-33366 - The Home Depot
  • 02-18-2015
    Kronk
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dillis View Post
    That's what I would do, but I have to make this transportable in a mini van... What if I got a cheap foldable thing like this to use? Milwaukee 150 lb. Capacity Folding Hand Truck-33366 - The Home Depot

    The wheels will sink into the ground, and be a pain to get over any terrain that is not smooth.
    I can't remember if it was here or another site, but someone made a wagon with a metal tray like those that go in a trailer hitch and bike wheels. Was narrow enough for trails, and the bike wheels rolled over stuff. Not the best turning radius, but enough probably until you have a tighter turn.
    Also another took a pull behind child carrier and narrowed it. If you did the same to one that had the front wheel jogger attachment, you have a push cart.
  • 02-18-2015
    dillis
    I do have access to a few 20" walmart bmx wheels... I could make something with those. I am trying to keep the cost down though.
  • 02-18-2015
    aero901
    Look into folding wheelbarrows. Durability might be questionable if using it for transporting sharp/pointy tools (use sheaths?).
  • 02-19-2015
    crank1979
    A small, lightweight golf club bag?
  • 02-19-2015
    dillis
    I've come up with a PVC pipe plan. It is esseintally a flat wheelbarrow that you can strap things to, but is light and can be partially dissasembed.
  • 02-23-2015
    Tom Shaw
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    When a wind storm goes through we have random downed trees/large branches throughout our trail system that took a lot of hiking to get cleaned up. Bike Zone, a club sponsor and Kona donated a Minute to help with our task.
  • 03-09-2016
    B.A.R.K.
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    I used this thread for inspiration when I was looking for and building my tool carrier, so I want to contribute.. This is mostly a repost from my other thread where I modified a BoB trailer fork to work with 29" wheels.

    I didn't modify the trailer frame to hold tools like I originally thought I would need to. The milk crate approach seemed to be popular, and for good reason; it is easy to install, remove, modify, and works awesome. A 6 gallon crate that measures 19"x13"x11" holds more tools and weight than I care to carry behind the bike. Pulling the weight isn't the problem, but turning and having the center of gravity shift can get sketchy some times. Not as sketchy as riding with one hand and sharp heavy tools in the other though.
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    Excellent tire clearance with the extended trailer fork
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    Standard trail tools for me are a fiberglass handle shovel with sharpened digging edge (to cut roots, etc.), sharp ax, hatchet, chain saw, and some times a rake. I cut large u-shaped notches into the top back edge of the plastic crate to prevent longer items like a shovel and ax from sliding around. Simple bungee cords hold everything in place. In the back lower wall of the crate, I cut a window slightly bigger than the chain saw bar cover to fit through, and that holds the chain saw in position very well.
    No pictures of the next part, but I used carriage bolts through the bottom grating, fender washers, and wing nuts to hold the milk crate to the bottom of the trailer grating. Wing nuts allow the crate to be easily removed for other bike related activities like hauling a beer cooler. The carriage bolts don't extend below the trailer's lower edge, and provide a smooth surface if I have to drag the trailer over something like a log.
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  • 03-13-2016
    flying_dutchman
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    Another BOB tool carrier idea
    Made this tool carrier for the BOB using an Action Packer that is bolted to the base of the trailer (lid is therefore removable and base stays firmly in the trailer bed) and a Thule Snowboard/Ski carrier (bolted to lid so that large hand tools and lid can be removed as a unit to provide access to contents of the Action Packer). It's a bit top heavy but works well with x2 Mcleod's, x2 Pulaski's, loppers and pruners.