A while back, I bungeed this 6 gallon crate onto my bike. Problems came on a heavy load trip because my tie down wasn’t so tight. This new edition fixes a piece of plywood, which is then screwed to the milk crate. It’s super solid now.
Is there an outlet to sell milk crates?
Some film supply places sell them, but I prefer the are free range ones, not the crates raised in captivity.
Here’s my milk-crate bike… I had the same crate cut and installed the same way on my previous bike (which was stolen). Then I had to hunt around to find just the same crate again for the new bike…
MILK CRATE BIKE LOADS
Am I being obsessive?
I feel like this milk crate is overkill and therefore too heavy? Wouldn’t a wire “butcher basket” be sufficient?
My hope is to carry two or three grocery bags 1 – 5 miles. Maybe 50lbs.
There might be (for some) ‘too much weight’ in a full solid-sided crate, but I don’t reckon so!
Mine is only really half a milk crate (I cut it down, so it’s not so deep, but I can still pile it up as high as a full crate, if I secure the load). Some crates have more solid sides, but mine doesn’t. It is really light, and really strong.
A lesser basket (even a wicker one) will do the job for lighter loads, for sure. But the other good thing about my crate is I can flex the sides with no harm done (i.e. to squeeze in loads/boxes that are in reality just that little bit too large for the crate!). A metal basket would take less of that type of treatment without complaining!
Today I carried home a 5kg bag of potatoes, and 5kg of additional groceries (10kg = 22lbs) – a doddle, and an unremarkable shopping day!
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