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    Attaching Milk Crate to Rear Bike Rack

    I have a technical problem for all you mechanically oriented cyclists. I'm looking to use some sort of "quick release" system for solidly attaching a standard milk crate to most standard rear bike racks. Zip ties work great for a permanent a solution, but I'm looking for a technique to be able to quickly attach the crate and then quickly remove it after I am done. We have a "Meals on 2 Wheels" program delivering meals to the elderly. A quick release system would mean our volunteers would not have to permanently modify their bike. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    Bungee cords?
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    the only things I think of involve a permanent modification to the bike rack allowing the quick removal and replacement of the milk crate. maybe there are temporary zip ties? the kind that are reusable but still hold tight until you choose to release them?
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    How about a few small C-clamps?
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    Most racks have a forward portion which curves or is bent up at the front to keep cargo from sliding forward. Attach a board to the bottom of the crate which will slide into that loop. Then, at the rear, maybe a simple metal bracket with drilled holes which line up just ahead of a rear support, tight to the bottom of the rack, through which an actual quick release could be placed. It wouldn't be a universal solution, applicable for different racks, but if you have a rack in mind or already on the bike, it could work for that.

    Alternately, Bontrager racks and I think Topeak as well (probably others) have quick release attachment systems for gear going onto their racks. If you can find a used or junked system like that, you could scavenge the quick release setup and attach it to the bottom of a milk crate.

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    It may not the the quickest of quick release, but hose clamps are available in very small sizes and some don't even require tools.

    Koehler/EZ hose clamp (EZ20BK) | Hose Clamp | AutoZone.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric S. View Post
    It may not the the quickest of quick release, but hose clamps are available in very small sizes and some don't even require tools.

    Koehler/EZ hose clamp (EZ20BK) | Hose Clamp | AutoZone.com

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    worm drive hose clamps have
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    rixen and kaul Carrier Adapter and Coupling Set GTA

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    Quote Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
    the only things I think of involve a permanent modification to the bike rack allowing the quick removal and replacement of the milk crate.
    Another option is to modify the milk crates, building a clamp mechanism onto them that can grab most standard bike racks. Or put hooks on 'em and hang them off the side of the rack, similar to this.

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    They make zip ties that release with a little tab....use them over and over.

    OR

    Zip Clips..another type of cable tie,
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    Lots of QR fasteners are available to make your own bracket.

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    Velcro straps.

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    Zipties .. there are a bunch of them used to pack every bike for shipping ,

    so would be free when you ask the LBS for a few..

    QR ? cut them off then use new recycled ones next time .

    'standard' milk crates are marked Property of (X) Dairy ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rootman View Post
    Velcro straps.
    +1

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    Ask the owner of the milk crates how they should be attached to a bike rack.

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    Zoom out. How about mounting the milk crate to a seatpost mounted rack that can be quickly attached or detached?

    The the volunteers won't even need a rack at all.

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    Get this:

    Topeak MTX explorer Rack

    Then one of or both of these:
    http://www.topeak.com/products/Basket-Rear




    or




    i hope all those pics worked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rootman View Post
    Velcro straps.
    +1

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    re Topeak stuff, wow seems perfect
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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    550 cord and an ability to tie good knots.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
    re Topeak stuff, wow seems perfect


    you want quick release; bam.
    you want solid on the rack; bam.

    the slide in rail system with the giant clip is super sturdy.

    I have the rack, and one of the trunk/fold out pannier bags. Used it for commuting for months. Solid, everyday.

    Plus for this, that big crate has wheels, and a extending handle. AND it folds up flat - even while on the bike!!

    How is that not perfect?
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    toe clip straps

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    Here's an idea I just had since we are out perambulating today:
    Get a baby car seat which should be easy because they are sort of disposable (no one wants a used one). Cut off all the seat parts and fasten base to rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IthaDan View Post
    Zoom out. How about mounting the milk crate to a seatpost mounted rack that can be quickly attached or detached?

    The the volunteers won't even need a rack at all.
    I've tried a couple seat post racks and their usefulness depends on frame geometry. Most are designed for modern compact, sloping frames that show a lot of seat post.

    Here is a photo of a Bell rack from Walmart on my LeMond. Even with it's downward angle, the trunk bag JUST fits under the seat.

    DSCN0941.jpg

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    From a previous thread, here is what I did:


    Put a milk crate on my rear rack and.....

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