If you’ve been following us for a while, you might have caught a glimpse of our Pedal Emporium gypsy caravan. Towed by bicycle, our caravan was created from recycled materials including plastic water piping, kitchen cupboards, and tarpaulin, and mounted on a pre-loved bicycle trailer. If you have yet to see our caravan out in action, we’ll be taking it along to our favourite festivals this summer and will keep you posted.
In the meantime, we’ve compiled a list of our top 5 favourite bicycle caravans, just to make sure you get your bicycle caravan fix for the day.
1. The Micro Gypsy Wagon
A prominent feature on the TinyHouseTalk website, this beauty was hand-crafted by Barry Howard Studio. Modelled on a traditional gypsy caravan, the Micro Gypsy Wagon is a collapsible caravan made from 80% recycled materials including a Church organ and camera tripod. We absolutely love it, and if you love it too give Barry Howard Studio a big thumbs up on Facebook.
2. The Camper Bike
A sculptural piece built in 2008 by artist Kevin Cyr, the design of the Camper Bike is based on a classic holiday caravan. A Tardis-like creation, the surprisingly large wooden interior contains shelving, seating, a bed, and cooking area, as well as a vintage-looking collection of the artist’s possessions. Take a look at Kevin Cyr’s website here.
3. The Bike RV
Described as an “open-source experimental prototype” by its creator Alexander Main, the Bike RV is an altruistic concept for alternative housing. As well as designing, building, and testing the Bike RV, Main has gone a step further by publishing a Google Document e-book to help others replicate and even improve his original design. Wow, another big green thumbs up from us! Be sure to check out his website here.
4. Minimalist Wood Camper
The creation of Finnish designer Sakari Holma, the Minimalist Wood Camper truly is a spectacle to behold. Designed with streamlining in mind, this bicycle-towed caravan offers just enough space to comfortably lie down and is apparently easy enough to pull without too much effort. If this caravan has wet your appetite and you’re craving more wooden bicycle wonders, check out Sakari Holma’s Flickr here.
5. The Classic Bicycle Caravan
For the more practical bicycle caravan enthusiast, cast your eyes on this: a stylish, classic bicycle caravan designed by inventor Yannick Read. You may not believe your eyes when we tell you that this caravan not only includes a full-sized single bed, but also the latest mod-cons. That’s right, this caravan boasts a 19” TV, radio, alarm clock, book shelves, kettle, and even a drinks cabinet. For further information about this gadget-tastic caravan, take a look here.
We hope that you’ve been inspired by our favourite bicycle caravans, and if you have any interesting bicycle inventions of your own, please let us know in the comments box below. We’d love to hear from you.
For now, we’ll leave you with this phenomenal footage from 1939 - Click on the image and be amazed! Until next Friday, adiós!
Blogged by Nia Campbell