6-Pack Beer Holder for Bicycle




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So I had seen various products for sale on etsy and ebay that offer a way to carry a 6-pack of beer on your bicycle. They are a great idea and look really cool! However most of them are pretty pricey for such a simple product. So in true instructable fashion, I made my own!

My design is super simple, utilizing 2 leather belts and can be completed in 30 minutes or less. The finished product looks great and is actually quite useful for carrying beer as well as other things as you will soon see.

So if you’re ready, let’s get to it…

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Step 1: What You Need

Supplies You Need:

  • 1 or 2 leather belts. You could probably get away with using one belt but I found that using two made the 6-pack more stable when riding. Use some old belts, check out your local thrift store, or go to Wal-Mart if all else fails

Tools You Need:

  • Tape Measure
  • Straight edge
  • X-acto knife
  • Something to punch the holes for the belt. I used a metal punch simply because I already had one but I’m sure anything sharp will get the job done

Step 2: Cut the Belts

I cut down my belts so they were about 17” long including the buckle. Use your straight edge and X-acto knife to cut your belts. I cut mine into a point at the end to add some extra flare.

Step 3: Punch the Holes

I used a metal punch to make my holes for the belt but as I said before, anything sharp will do the trick. I spaced my holes ¾” apart and that worked well.

Step 4: Optional: Apply Felt to the Buckle

This step is optional but if you are worried about the belt buckles scratching your bike you can simply hot glue some felt onto the back of the buckle. I did this and have had no problems whatsoever.

Step 5: Pack Up the Beer

That’s it, you’re done! All that’s left is to pack up the beer. I found it easier to attach the 6-pack carrier to the bike first and then load it up with your beer bottles.

The final result is very steady and doesn’t impede riding at all. It’s extremely handy to take a 6-pack with you on your bicycling adventures! Aside from holding beer, the belts are also useful for taking an umbrella, baseball bat, or whatever else with you on your bike rides.

Overall, this is a super simple project that looks great and is extremely useful! I hope you enjoyed my instructable and I’d love to hear if you make this as well as any improvements or variations you have.

Be sure to check out my blog to follow me and stay up to date on awesome projects like this at travsdesk.com and follow me on Instagram @travderose and Vine at Trav DeRose


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    1 year ago

    Lightweight cardboard (designed at best for keeping bottles together in the store, carrying them to the cashier and maybe out to the car) two narrow abrasive leather straps combined with the mass, momentum and inertia of a half dozen glass bottles (we're talking 4.34 pounds of liquid plus 2.2 pounds of glass, 10.65 lbs) being hammered around on a road doesn't bode well. A bit of rough pavement, some moisture in the air to weaken the cardboard and you're guaranteed to be leaving shattered glass along the road, as well as wasting perfectly good beer. #BEERS LIVES MATTER

    This instructable is the poster child for jury rigged.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    The problem with this is that your beer will become light struck very soon. This means it develops a taste that professional beer tasters describe as "catty". (Think: what product of cat most resembles beer?). Shield your beers from intense sunlight, or the isohumulones that give bitterness will react with SO2 produced both by yeast and added by brewers to produce that cat pee aroma. Generally the hop extract in clear bottles has been treated to eliminate this, but enough light gets through brown bottles in real beer to have an effect, if kept in full sun for any length of time.

    So cover the beer, and you'll be ok!

    3 replies

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Do you really think the beer is going to go "skunky" in the time it takes to ride home from the store? I have brewed and tasted and drunk beer for over 43 years and this is the first time I ever heard someone call beer, "catty". Are you from the USA or somewhere else? I have heard what you are referring to , but it was horse, not cat. Skunky has always been what we've called beer that has been over exposed to sunlight. Skunk Beer is what we've called Mickey's Big Mouth since I was about 26 and first popped one open (35 years ago). It smelled so much like a skunk that we've never called Mickey's anything besides Skunk Beer. That comes in a green bottle,and it has of course, a big opening, called a, "Big Mouth." I've even had the guy at the liquor store call me when a new batch came in and I went and got a six pack. It was already skunky. By the way, when you get a catty beer, do you still drink it?


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    When I was tasting beer professionally, we could detect lightstrike within about 5 minutes in full sunlight. Of course, it depends how far away your store is! Plenty of beer is drunk in beer gardens in full sunlight, so it isn't a huge problem I suppose.
    Generally I drink any beer! - but just covering it with a cloth would make it nicer to drink. Imagine riding back from the store, in a 100+ degree summer day(we get about 30 of those a year, at least), just thinking of an ice-cold pils, full of real hops, and then ewww meow!

    I guess it is more of an engineering thing -if you can fix it why don't you?


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Are you really this thirsty? I wonder when people mix bicycles and alcohol if it's because they've lost their drivers license due to a DUI/DWI. Anyway this invention of yours is kind of weak. A cardboard six pack container isn't very sturdy. Maybe you could use some thin wood and remake the six pack holder.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I do a lot of riding on dirt logging roads. I don't think the six-pack would last very many miles.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    No not at all really, its far enough up that your legs and knees are spread out wider than the 6-pack


    5 years ago

    Looks nice for transporting, but for riding and drinking (parked or not), your beer is gonna get hot.

    I can envision a permanent carrier made of wood; designed so that ice packs got between the bottles.

    Anyhow, your project looks great with the style of your bike.

    4 replies

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    you are not allowed to ride and drink. period. you will end up with a DUI/OVI or whatever your state calls it.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Yea you could probably do something cool with a wooden crate on a rear rack that could hold beer and ice packs


    Reply 5 years ago

    No crate on a rack. That's not what I meant. I could replicate the cardboard packaging with ¼" ply. What you did is so much nicer than some rack.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    i prefer a basket 4 capacity & durability;-)



    5 years ago on Introduction

    Is there any pro biker out there who dares to test this in the Tour de France?! I'd really like to see that, so much better than standard bottle holders!!!


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I've had too many bottoms fall out of six packs to trust this. (Well technically it was only one six pack, but that was exponentially more than I ever wanted to lose.)

    I couldn't do this but I applaud your simple approach to fixing a problem.