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« on: March 16, 2010 08:14:58 AM »

I got a new bike.
Also, I sold my car.
So this bike is now the "family vehicle" and has to haul a lot of stuff. So the first (of many) mods was to put on a shopping basket. I've seen some really nice ones in the bike shops, but seeing as how they start at about $80 I decided to DIY.

Started out with a quick release wire basket, now fully lined, with a hard plastic bottom. Removable for washing, reflective strips on the front for visibility. Padded handle.

And a drawstring top, to keep my veggies and purse and other stuff safe inside, even over potholes.


And I made this to keep my toolkit in:

Fabric is not as cool, but it's vinyl backed upholstery fabric, so it should do a better job of keeping the moisture away from the tools better than the cotton canvas I used for the bag.
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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2010 08:27:51 AM »

Awesome work!
It's so empowering getting around by bike Smiley Especially when you can bike in style Smiley
Nice work!
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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2010 08:36:03 AM »

Hooray for you.  These bags are adorable and proof that going green doesn't mean you have to be frumpy!  Reflective strips and all of the straps to keep it on there are such good ideas. Smiley  I'd even say THIS ROCKS.
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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2010 09:25:38 AM »

Congratulations on your new bike! I love your new accessories, and so smart to put the reflective stripes on your basket liner.  When it comes to biking you can't be reflective, bright, or blinky enough! (I tend to go crazy with the reflective tape).  we made the decision to give up our car and commute by bike two and half years ago and I can tell you that it has changed our lives.  Keep it up, and enjoy!

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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2010 11:17:25 AM »

Wow, that's awesome.  I love the drawstring top-- very clever!! 
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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2010 12:17:42 PM »

wow,I never thought of the basket idea, that's great!!!
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« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2010 12:28:37 PM »

I love it! Sure beats my four-wheel family vehicle! We live in the city, close enough to ride a bike everywhere. But I work ten miles away in the darn 'burbs  Sad
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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2010 05:12:12 PM »

Awesome, awesome, awesome!!!
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« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2010 05:40:12 PM »

How cool! So awesome!
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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2010 06:37:40 PM »

What a neat idea!  I love the look.  I have the same basket on my bike and would like to try to do the same.  Any tips?
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