This instructable will show you how to use basic power tools to secure wire bicycle baskets and how to add artistic flair to your basic cruiser. This will be indispensible if you live in Boulder, CO, and plan on strutting your bad self about the town on Thursday nights.
I bought this Schwinn single speed bicycle off a dear friend and former roommate when I lived in NYC. I'm now in a biking town and average 14 miles/day. Because my current weather conditions can average 20 degree F climate shifts from day to night, I decided I needed some on-board storage for sweaters and the like. The bicycle came equipped with wire saddle bags, but to ensure my security and prevent monsoon damage to agents stored in said saddle bags, I decided to add locking lids and fabric linings.
If you already know how to use a sewing machine and jigsaw, much of this will be redundant, though potentially inspirational (why make hinged basket lids when you could make butterfly hinged basket lids?!). However, this tutorial is designed to introduce explorers and neophyte DIYers to new skills. Part 1 involves the woodworking bit, part 2 involves the sewing bit.