How to Make a Bicycle Basket

How to Make a Bicycle Basket
The bicycle is a two-centuries-old invention that has spurred individual transportation, inspired new exercise trends and lessened the time it takes to run errands. If you spend time on your bicycle running errands or getting in exercise for the day, consider attaching a basket to your bicycle. You can choose from a variety of sizes, most of which are large enough to hold maps, water bottles and small to medium-size bags. You can buy a basket, but making your own allows you to customize your carrier.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Medium-sized crate or plastic basket
  • Yarn, cane webbing or rattan
  • Zip ties
  • Wax paper
  • Plastic grocery bag
  • Iron
Step 1
Obtain an old medium-size crate or plastic basket, preferably one without handles.
Step 2
Use yarn, cane webbing or rattan to decorate the crate or plastic basket. Pass the material along the outside edges and corners of the crate or basket weaving the tag end in and out of any openings. Continue until the weaving wraps completely around the crate or basket.
Step 3
Attach the crate or basket to your bicycle using zip ties. Press the crate or basket to the handlebars, just above the front wheel, and attach a zip tie to either side.
Step 4
Attach a cover. Fuse together a piece of wax paper and a plastic grocery bag by placing the wax paper inside the plastic bag and place a white cloth over it, then ironing the plastic bag for several seconds or until it is completely fused with the wax paper. Do not iron the handles of the plastic bag. Allow the plastic bag and wax paper to cool.
Step 5
Cut each handle with a pair of scissors so you end up with two pieces; two pieces for each handle. Take one piece in each hand and tie a bow tie around one side of the handle bar. Do the same for other side. You will tie the cover directly onto the handlebar using the end pieces you cut.

Tips & Warnings

 
Decorate your basket with ribbons, feathers and other decals.
 
Cut the handles in the middle for even length on both sides.
 
Don't overload your basket; doing so could cause you to lose control of your bicycle.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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