My allotment is literally a five minute walk away from my house and the best and most eco friendly way to get there is by bicycle. Last year I used to pile my basket high with seeds, plants and I even balanced a bag of compost on the saddle once! Therefore when I came across this trailer at a market I didn’t have to think twice about snapping it up.
It’s French and from the 1950s, we think it was originally handmade using a metal base and wooden frame. I love everything about it right down to the distressed paint and the flip down back panel, it even has two handles so it can easily be pulled around by hand! However it had its faults, there was no mechanism to attach it to my bicycle and we soon found that the size of the French tyres were very hard to come by. But I was determined and after trawling the internet I came across a towing hitch that would fit onto my bicycle seat clamp. My amazingly talented dad welded the tow bar onto the trailer and ta-dah! The trailer could easily be mounted onto my bicycle with ease! The tyres however were proving harder to find, after weeks of trying to replace them we came to a dead end and decided the only way would be to change the entire wheel. I managed to find a cheap pair of 16″ wheels with tubes and tyres and after a little more work from my dad (I really can’t explain how wonderful he is!) my trailer was officially ready!
I absolutely love it! As soon as it was finished I loaded it up with gardening goodies and cycled up to the allotment. Yes I got some very strange looks (and even some giggles) but do you know what? I am one happy lady right now and that for me, means more than popularity 🙂