Surely you have seen milk crates attached to bike racks.
It does look quite nice.
So where do you get a milk crate and how do you build a milk crate bike basket?
Where to get a milk crate?
You can find milk crates just about anywhere. If I was to search the attics, garages and basements of friends and family I am sure I would find a few.
You can also check outside the docking area of large grocery stores, in dump yards or anywhere you expect to find trash. It’s just a matter of how much effort you are willing to put in!
I am not advising you to steal a crate, let alone steal anything. However you can always ask nicely.
You can’t just use any old crate (could even be illegal)
It might seem rather silly, but yes, in some states it is illegal to use an old milk crate you have found. No matter what purpose you have in mind.
These crates are branded with the name of a dairy company, and often a warning, informing about the illegality of its use. I perhaps am a bit naive, but I can’t tell you how this law is enforced, only that it exists.
These crates have the logo of a dairy company and usually a warning text, informing you of the illegality and possible consequences of breaking that law.
If you don’t feel like scavenging a flea market and money isn’t the issue you can just order one from Amazon or go to Walmart or Home Depot.
There are a few advantages when ordering them from Amazon;
- They have a larger variety of different sized crates in different colors, you can get most of them for a few bucks!
- You can also get wooden milk crates that has a vintage look without going to a flea market.
- You are certain that you are not breaking any law.
Why would you even want a milk crate instead of a bicycle basket?
First of all it is hip right now and looks cool, if you have an older bike you might want to go for that vintage look. An old wooden crate gives that rustic feel, and looks awesome.
Secondly it is feels good building something yourself that you can show off and be proud of.
Lastly it can be a sort of thief deterrent. Bike thieves want cool and expensive bikes, perhaps a Mountain Bike or a Beach Cruiser. It does sort of look like a hobo owns the bike, right?
Now you know where to get a milk crate and you can start building your milk crate bike basket.
Building a milk crate bike basket
People have been asking how to attach a milk crate to a bike basket. First of all you need a bike, it can be a mountain bike, city bike, vintage bike or an electric bike. It doesn’t matter but what is important is that you have a bike rack to attach it to. If you don’t have a bike rack you can get a cheap one on Amazon, Walmart, a flea market or your local bike shop.
First you will need some supplies;
- A milk crate (of course)
- Something to mount it on (preferably a bike rack)
- Cable ties/zip ties or a bungee (a bungee is not as reliable but it is easily removable)
Once you have all your supplies you are ready to begin. Attaching it to your bike is simple and won’t take more than a few minutes at the most.
- Place your crate on your bike rack. Put it in a centered and stable position.
- Lock it to your bike rack using zip ties, use a few they barely cost a thing.
- Cut of the excess part sticking up of the zip ties.
If you are using a bungee;
- Start from the milk crate and let the two ends go trough both the crate and the rack at the rear end of the bike rack.
- Cross the ends of the bungee and pull them up through the rack and the crate at the front end.
- Make sure they are tense enough. (This can be a hassle and is never as securely fastened as with zip ties)
There you go! Now you have your milk crate bike basket.