DIY Plans for Bicycle Rear Baskets

DIY Plans for Bicycle Rear Baskets
A bike basket carries your gear and captures the charm of an earlier era of cycling. Whether you need to haul a change of clothes on your commute to work, bring home a loaf of bread, of carry lunch on a family outing, a basket will do the job. Companies like Electra Bikes sell ready-to-install baskets, but with a little work, it's possible to assemble your own.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Wicker basket with lid
  • Bike rack
  • Marker
  • 3 Velcro Cinch Straps 5/8" x 24"
  • Scissors
  • Box cutter
 
Step 1
Find a wicker basket with a lid. The lid will keep your gear in place over bumpy terrain. Consider the quality of the wicker. A stiffer basket with a tight weave will hold up longer. Look for a basket that will not extend too far beyond the sides of your rack. The basket does not have to be the exact size of your rack, but the larger it is, the harder it is to keep it balanced.
Step 2
Place the basket on your bike rack so that the bottom of the basket comes in contact with as much of the rack as possible. For example, if the basket is wider than it is long, you turn the basket sideways so it will balance more securely on the rack. Use a maker to trace an outline of where the rack meets the bottom of the basket.
Step 3
Cut openings on the bottom of the basket where you'll thread three Velcro Straps. Use the tracing you made to know where to cut these opening. The Velcro will weave from one side of the basket to the other, eventually passing underneath the rack to secure it in place. Because each strap weaves across the basket, cut six openings for the three straps. One strip will cross the bottom of the rack tracing, the second will cross the middle and the third crosses the top. You may use scissors or a box cutter to cut through the wicker.
Step 4
Thread the three Velcro straps through the openings on the basket. Pass each strap underneath the first opening so in heads into the basket. Weave it across the inside of the basket and down to the opening that lines up on the other side. Do this for all three straps.
Step 5
Place the basket back on the rack so the rack lines up with the tracing. The three Velcro straps should hang over the sides of the rack. Pass each strap under the rack, securing the two sides of each strap underneath the rack. Make sure to pull each strap tightly. Wiggle the basket to make sure it sits balanced and secure.
 

Article Written By Kathrine Cole

Kathrine Cole is a professional outdoor educator. She teaches rock climbing, backpacking, cycling, and bike maintenance classes. She is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School, a Wilderness First Responder, and a Leave No Trace Trainer.

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