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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry offers DIY bike trailer course

Posted by on February 3rd, 2011 at 9:37 am

Our friend Jessica Roberts tipped us off about a cool course being offered at the excellent Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)…

Build a Cargo Trailer in the OMSI Shop

Build a bicycle cargo trailer in the OMSI Shop using simple tools and reclaimed or inexpensive materials. The workshop spans three Saturday morning sessions and covers: shop safety, tool use, trailer design, construction methods, and fabrication. Each particpant (teams of two are allowed and encouraged) will finish the workshop with a working 200 lb. capacity trailer. All materials will be provided, including wheels and a trailer hitch to be mounted on the rear acle of a bicycle. Approximate trailer dimensions will be 16 inches wide by 5 feet long, utilizing two 16-inch wheels and wheel-well covers. Longer and wider trailers are possible and will be discussed during the trailer design session of the workshop. You are encouraged to bring your bicycle on fabrication day to ensure proper fit. Participants are required to attend the shop safety portion of the workshop and sign a liability waiver before any tool use or fabrication. Upon completion of the course, participants will have a function bicycle cargo trailer to share and the knowledge and skills to build more trailers at home with simple tools and inexpensive materials.

$90 per ticket. Ticket good for up to two individuals and includes all materials for one complete trailer. Participants must be at least 18 years old.

February 5, 12, and 19, 9 a.m. – noon (participants must attend all three sessions to complete project)

Build a Cargo Trailer is in the OMSI Shop located just North of main museum. Enter through the blue door on the south side of the building.

To reserve a space for Build a Cargo Trailer, buy tickets online or at the OMSI Ticket Desk.

This is fantastic. OMSI regularly features bike-centric displays and exhibits. In fact, their current “Design Lab” exhibit has a whole section that looks into how bike gears work. We’re lucky to have OMSI in Portland, especially with it being right on the Eastbank Esplanade bikeway!

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  • Spiffy February 8, 2011 at 8:23 am

    damn, saw this too late… my best friend has been wanting to build a cargo trailer and this would have been fun…

    not sure about the getting there at 9am part though… hehe…

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