Step 6: Add Some Bungees and You're Good to Go.

As I mentioned, when our basket is in, we usually stretch 4 or five bungees across the open side. These are great to have on hand. If we go to the grocer, we can run them through the bag handles or milk carton handles.

If the load feels side-to-side wobbly, we run one on each side from the top of the basket to the wheel hub - it pulls things in and makes them more snug.

The golder rule here is this: Always put the heaviest part of the load over the tire." The milk and canned goods, for example, go over the tire, while the bread and cheetoh's are on the extension. By keeping the load over the wheel, the entire bike feels more balanced, and you handling unchanged by what you are hauling.

My wife has been very pleased with the expanding basket, and rides to her yoga classes almost four times a week. Another instructor at her studio has asked me t make her one as well. When we put my son's trail-a-bike on her bike, we just unclip the pins and slide the basket off.

Like I said, it's not for the heaviest cargo in the world, but for where we are in our lives right now, the expanding basket is perfect. It is a true enabler of bicycle commuting and bike errand running in our home, and (I hate to admit it) I feel really proud of it whenever I see her riding off to yoga.

Good times, friends, Good times.
I did something similar to add a milk crate to the back of my bike and I have an important warning. I had about 4 pounds worth of stuff in the crate and that was enough to throw off the equilibrium off the bike. I fell twice, the last one, injuring my knee and almost getting run over in the process. I have been riding for about 30 years and am an avid mountain biker. I think that it is safer to either wear a small back pack or saddle bags where the weight is further down in the center of gravity. Be very careful. Good instructable though, thanks for offering it.
to help keep smaller items in the basket, when you're not carrying the yoga mat, you could keep the cut-out end, trim off the "poking-out" bits, and re-attach the bottom with zip-ties... fold it down and in so it lies flat when you want to carry the yoga mat, and flip it up and secure with bungees (weaving in and out) or something else, when you want to carry groceries, etc.
I love it! Been looking for a rear basket and can't find anything that's not made of wire that's close to the flexibility of string, or not uber-expensive. Will implement this asap!
This excellent idea will be very useful to me. Much appreciated. Vic
awesome rack :)
Well done. I never thought of the wire cart business. That was very innovative and to the point. Trailers are bulky and take away from the quick parking advantage of cycling. I use to live in a bike city, and had the option of carrying the premier chain lock or the premier U-Lock. Both cost nearly $100, and the chain was more flexible solution. But it was a pain to carry. And it seem to take forever to lock to something. I used the U-Lock, which was no slouch in both weight and protective factor. It was very quick to lock the bike. The point of that diatribe is that convenience is one of the best parts of biking. I love trailers, but finding a place to park a bike attached with one is problematic at times. Your solution is efficient and elegant.
Fantastic! I agree with rocknroll, please take on the project of a trailer. I would like to see what you would come up with. They are way too expensive to start with. I have found a kit to start with, but I can't decide where to take it from there.<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.wicycle.com/trailer.htm">http://www.wicycle.com/trailer.htm</a><br/><br/>Good luck and great build.<br/>
one more idea for even more stuff! make a trailer for her! i have two designs on here and they are awsome, but your basket i like more than my rack on my bike and its cool how it expands. but is there a way to do it without buying a brand new rack for scrap?

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