It was getting warmer, and I was getting tired of packing my lunch, laptop and other junk on my back as I commuted to and from work. No one likes a sweaty back!
I looked at a some possible trunk bags to use, but they are all limited. The ones that would be big enough to hold my stuff were either too expensive or too small. Most require that straps or clips or something to be wrapped around the rack in some fashion. I saw some with a quick release feature, but these required a special rack and are beyond my budget.
So I designed a setup for the rack on my bike. I have the cheapest rack I could get. It's a classic steel thing with the spring wire mousetrap thing to hold stuff on.
My requirements? Cheap. quick release and fashionable. I know most folks are OK with a milk carton zip tied to the rack, but I gotta be cool!
It's not that complicated to make, but you should have some basic skills with woodworking. I made it in an afternoon.
What I used;
1/4 plywood, about 1 ft by 2 ft.
Some small scraps of other wood.
4 small (1/2" by 1') angle bracing. (Lowes or Home Depot)
Some screws and nuts. I used about 10 10-32 by 1" long screws and 6 wood screws.
A plastic snap clip,(scavenged from some dead luggage)
A bag. I found a nice tool bag from Harbor freight, costs about $8.
Woodworking tools. A jigsaw or scroll saw, a drill. A bench sander or sandpaper. Paint/varnish.