Milk Crate Bicycle Saddlebags





Introduction: Milk Crate Bicycle Saddlebags

These handy saddlebags lift off or install in a jiffy.
A pair of these on front and rear racks and I can carry a huge load.
Veggies from Haymarket, drinking water from the reverse-osmosis filter at the food coop, etc.

Step 1: Milk Crates, Rope, Drill

Not much to it.
Just put a loop of rope through the top of the crates and set it over your mountain bike's cargo rack. I drilled holes through the edge of my crates to get it to ride a bit lower, but that's not really necessary.
If you have an extra pass of rope at one end, you can hook it over the lip at one end of your bike rack so it won't slide off.


By the way, why in this supposedly developed country is there so much perchlorate (thyroid problems) and other crap in the water? People are paying more for bottled water than gasoline. Are we going to invade Canada next?



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    any tips on how to make a cargo rack?

    So, for someone without practical sailing/mountain climbing experience, what knots would you suggest for binding up the rope?

    (this is incerdibly late) you can never go wrong with a slip knot/shoestring knot

    i would'nt worry too much about fancy knots. just loop and twist it around stuff so it's secure and then finish it off with a plain old square knot. that's what i do for just about everything.

    nice setup! my bike is almost the same, except that mine was on the rear and i had to put wire grates between crates and frame to keep them off my tire.

    This is a pretty good idea. Only problem is I can't find a good luggage rack anywhere... For my dumpster diving expeditions I use a HUGE duffel bag. It has two carry handles- one on either side- and I hook those on the handlebars, then wrap the shoulder strap around the middle to keep it from rubbing the tire. Since I started using it, I can take my duimpster diving to a whole new level! Even without the bag, the shoulder strap helps by itself. I found a TV in a dumpster and used the shoulder strap to clip it to the handlebars.

    My question for yamahama is... what are you the milk crate cop? or are you working for a suffering mom and pop grocery shop?..... or perhaps you were caught stealing crates and did hard time in prison for crate theft?

    The article states the theft of crates and pallets in the thousands, and also the grinding up for profit through recycling centers. To be fair, the crates do actually say "Misuse Liable to Prosecution" on them, in this instance, anything other than filling them with jugs o' milk is technically illegal. Are the police cracking down on people for one or two as shelves in a dorm? I doubt it. Still, it's not a good idea to be stealing them from businesses. I've been fortunate enough to find a lot of these over the years, usually in the trash for some reason, so I'm guilty myself, but even walking with one down the street, talking to police, didn't land me in the pen. Just use common sense, a lot of the time, that's all that's needed.

    Neat idea. If you used folding crates they would lay flat when not in use.