Pelican Case Bike Basket




A Pelican Case is perfect for a bike because they are "Unbreakable, watertight, dustproof, chemical resistant and corrosion proof...just some of the features that Pelican™ offers and total protection for your equipment. The Pelican dry box is made of ultra-high-impact structural copolymer that makes it extremely durable. Its exclusive 1/4" (6.4 mm) neoprene o-ring and ABS latches seal perfectly and it includes an automatic purge valve for quick equalization after changes in atmospheric pressure. Your equipment can fit into the high-density foam of the case for total subjection and protection against impact, vibration or shock. This case is NATO codified and tested to IP-67 (Ingress Protection). You break it, Pelican replaces it... forever." (Case I used) (my bike)

Step 1: Tools and Items Needed

Tools and Parts

-Big Crescent Wrench or a Bike Head Set Wrench
-Assorted Ratchets and Sockets
-Allen Wrench
-Drill Bit
-Wrench for MountingNuts
-Screw Driver for Bolts
-Assorted Nuts and Bolts
-Razor Blade

You will also need mounting hardware to be able to mount from the wheels and headset. (This is what I used)

Step 2: Removal of Handle Bars

First take off the allen bolt on the top off the stem using an allen key. The handlebars should come off after this, take off the nut underneath it by using a crescent wrench.

use for reference 

Step 3: Shaping the Headset Mount

now we need to shape the headset mount to fit the box. Put the mount into the vise and start bending until it is shaped the way you want, mock it up on the bike to see if it will work. 

Step 4: Lower Mounting Brace

Mount the lower brace by drilling and making two holes into the box carefully. After this bolt the lower mount onto the box and tighten it down.
instructions for original basket

Step 5: Mounting the Box

Now you need to put the upper mount onto the box.

-Sand down the front of the box so that the mount has a flush area to be on. 
-Drill holes for the mount 
-Line up the holes and bolt it on
-Put it on the bike for final mounting

Step 6: Final Steps

Steps to finish the project

-Using the crescent wrench screw the locknut back on

-Put the handlebars on by using the allen key

-Unscrew wheels bolts and put the lower brace on

-Tighten the bolts back on

Step 7: Done



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    15 Discussions

    This might be a nice way for someone to lug around an SLR on their bike. Especially if you could find a way to make the lid open facing the saddle.


    5 years ago on Step 4

    All due respect, Instructables is a site for free sharing of information and inventions, not a site to sell products on. Instructables, not product assembly manuals.. Am I wrong..?

    2 replies

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Said the man with nothing to share or contribute ,if you don't like it why bother...beside it's still a HACK so unless you read between lines, good luck with that assembly manual.

    True, but he took several different products along with his own tools, and modified them. People post IKEA hacks all the time. Pelican cases are fairly common, and he is suggesting a new way to use them.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Wow, I love this idea. I didn't know what a pelican case was, so thanks for the comments.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    I live in the 33770 zip code figure the postage and PLEASE get back with me. & Thank You.

    Uncle Kudzu

    5 years ago

    Great idea! Very practical; looks good; what's not to like?

    1 reply

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Love Pelican cases, they were a big seller in the camera store I worked in. However, if you drill holes in the case, there is no return...might want to use a mounting system which doesn't penetrate the case?

    Great idea, though, if you have an old case lying around.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I Think this is a really great idea! I sometimes ride to work and sometimes have papers or other items with me that this would be a great way to keep them from dammage during the ride. Thanks!