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Wooden Bike Basket

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When you look at many bike friendly European cites, you will notice that most people bike to work in normal street clothes.  To do this, you need a classic bike with fenders and a chain guard.  The Schwinn Coffee was perfect for this except I didn't have a way to carry my computer.  Instead of choosing the bike basket in the front, I went with a wooden crate in the back.  This is perfect for carrying my computer as well as groceries from the farmers market.  Here is how I did it.
 
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Step 1: Reinforce Box

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I found this box at a Goodwill and was probably intented to be used for decoration because the slats were held on using small staples.  The first thing I had to do was to reinforce the slats that were used for attaching to the bike rack.  I did this by using some small L brackets and 1/4" X 20 screws.

Next I added a couple more nails to the other slats to keep them from falling off.  The two slats that attach to the bike rack really take all of the load.

Step 2: Attach box to bike with hose clamps.

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To attach the box to the bike rack, I used stainless steel hose clamps.  These have the advantage of conforming to the odd shapes and wont rust.  I used two clamps on each side.

The first picture shows a top view.

The second picture shows the clamps from the bottom.
DogCase2 years ago
You can find this crate at Michael's and Joanne's stores; they're around $10-$12. Check by the registers and ask the cashier if they have any coupons; they seem to almost always be running some sort of coupon at both stores.
Terri1ND2 years ago
When the title said wooden bike rack, I'm thinking it is a bike rack used to hold bikes secure. This is more a wooden basket for a bike.
wgreunke (author)  Terri1ND2 years ago
After looking at the two words in Google, bike basket seems like a better fit. I have updated the title. Thanks Terri and tinyinkling.
They are both known as "racks".