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    $20 magic utility bike conversion

    OK....over the top title to lure you in.

    IMHO utility does not have to equal capacity do bring home a months worth of groceries and some times the focus on that level of capacity may scare people away.

    Utility is simply using bike to get something practical done..which almost always means having some carrying capacity

    A super simple, cheap way to do that for most bikes (excluding front suspension which no one needs unless they are really mountain biking) is to add a front basket

    for a bit more than $20 bucks (ok 25 with tax maybe) a simple way to to add carrying capacity is to put on a front basket

    a good example is wald 1392 1392 Front Basket - Waldsports

    I just paid $20.95 plus tax

    Totally easy and practical

    here are pics of it on my Torpado....fast fun utility. Note I use the quick release to attach....not recommend by wald, but has worked for me.




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    And a bungie cord.
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    Very nice!
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    No basket love around my place either...

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    Quote Originally Posted by squirtdad View Post
    OK....over the top title to lure you in.

    IMHO utility does not have to equal capacity do bring home a months worth of groceries and some times the focus on that level of capacity may scare people away.

    Utility is simply using bike to get something practical done..
    which almost always means having some carrying capacity

    ...
    +1 !

    I want a cargo specific bike, but I'm already bursting out of the limited storage capacity I have with a commuter, tourer, and an off-road bike (& my ladies three bikes of the same classes). Luckily, I've always been able to handle all the cargo I need to with a converted MTB (old rigid with long chainstays) with good racks fore and aft, and occasionally a board strapped to the deck of the rack to increase its size a bit to secure larger loads. In my experience (a year as a cargo courier, in addition to many years carless or car light), often just lashing or strapping a board to the top of your rack increases the surface area enough to lash down oversize loads.

    I wholeheartedly support cargo-specific bikes, but it's nice to see the other end of the spectrum here!
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    Senior Member squirtdad's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdswitters View Post
    And a bungie cord.
    true....I like the net type, but simple bungie cord is reccomended
    '82 Nishiski commuter/utility
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    Electra cruiser (wife's bike)

    looking for: De Rosa 58cm ELOS frame and fork internal cable routing

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    You couldn't show me a couple close ups of the mounting hardware for that, could you? I got that basket at a thrift shop today for $1. I just need to bodge up some hardware for it.

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    An Xtracycle is usually the way to go... but one's budget doesn't always have room to convert a bike into a longtail cargo bike.

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