Surely a more elegant solution exists. Anybody have any suggestions or personal experiences? Pictures would be awesome.
don't have a photo but i put them on my xtracycle this way. big difference with my setup tho, the snapdeck is wider than a normal rear rack and it also has a 2" thick foam pad on it. i wrap the pizza box in a beach towel to add cushion and keep the heat in. i then strap it down with some nylon straps. its better to use more straps that aren't so tight than fewer straps that need to be tighter, so i use four 1" wide nylon straps.
its the only way i could figure out to do it, because unlike most cargo haul, the pizza obviously needs to be kept flat, and there really isn't anywhere else on the bike to do that.
i will take a photo next time i do it.
P clips screwed into a sheet of plywood will attach the wood platform to the rear rack.
then see if the pizza parlor will, sell you one of their delivery bags..
that is unless you are doing a Pizza by bike delivery then they will throw that in with your Job.
another thing is Porteur racks , style is hot these days in some circles , French newspaper delivery bikes 20 pound bundles..
from presses to the street corner kiosks where they got sold
Big front top of the wheel rack..
i just keep on hand on the handle bars and the other hand on the pizza box. if i was carrying more than one i would use rope or a ratchet strap to hold the boxes together and hold it by the rope or ratchet strap. the most i have carried was 7 pizza's and i bike them about 3km to school for lunch.
But if you do pick up pizzas often and have a decent length ride then spending the $15 or so for a good insulated pizza delivery bag would probably be worthwhile.
I agree with prathmann, bungies should always run front to back, never side to side, but unless you have a very long rack or a very small pizza, the box will hang over the back and still be subject to forces that are likely to cause the box to fold.
A task best left to the professionals. Most pizza joints deliver. I know a guy who has carried 18 large pies without a rack. Six hanging from each grip and six on top of the handlebars. Best left to the professionals. Don't forget to tip!
I carried 18 pizzas once (from here, http://www.eatyourpizza.com/), but I have a trailer. I did not receive a tip. That equals 0% of the $381 dollars they spent on the pies. Never again. You want Pizza Paradiso, go get it yourself. Don't call me. End of rant.
Ouch! Poor pizza! Looks like longer bungees might be in order so that they're not under quite as much tension when holding a pie.
I do the plywood thing for picking up doughnuts. Two pieces of thin plywood with notches cut in the center of each side (so that the bungees stay in the notch. I put one below and one above the doughnut box. I don't bother mounting them to the rack.
Single piece of plywood below the pie would likely work for you.
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Scoll down near the bottom, there's a Low Gravity bike with pizza box.
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heh, that is awesome.
I was thinking about somehow adding fold-out side platforms to my rack to support larger items. But I'm afraid my metal-working skills are insufficient for such a project. Unless I can find something that can be modified. It'd have to be black though.
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went and got a pizza tonight. here is how i get it home. four straps. first i put on the the two running side to side and they are tightened about as tight as they can be without squishing the box at all. the ones that run front to back are tightened unitl the box won't move.
i think all you would need to do to make this work on a regular rear rack is put a piece of plywood under the pizza box. wouldn't need to be as big as the pizza box, just some amount wider than the rack so it will help spread the load on the box.
Make your own, crust and all. It's easy and fun and your farmers' market has tons of toppings right now.
i used this stuff to line the windows on the south side of the house to help keep cool:
i have some left over, and i am going to use it to make an "envelope" to put the pizza box(es) in to keep them hot. i'll post a photo when i get done with it.
Three options, two from Upper Crust Pizza and one from Redbones BBQ: