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Old 04-11-17, 03:06 PM   #1
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Picked up a basket and need some ideas to convert it into a rear basket for my bike

I picked up this basket at a local thrift store for $1 and I'm hoping to mount it on the rear rack of my commuter. I'm trying to come up with ideas to cover up the holes/gap on the sides so things would stay in the basket when I ride.

My plan is to mount is on the rear rack using some zip ties. I'm thinking of sewing some fabric on the sides to cover up the holes/gap. Any other suggestion are appreciated. I'm hoping to be as thrifty as possible!


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Pictures? Bike/rack & basket, would be helpful.
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A plastic mesh or netting would be easy.



Just cut and zip-tie. You could probably find that temp construction fencing stuff for free if you scrounge around.
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I would use Coroplast signs that you can cut to fit the basket. I find one's on the side of the road that advertise the next great deal.
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zip ties should work. a couple on the seatpost, sides of the rack should secure it.
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I don't think that basket will last very long in that use.
Not enough wires going across the bottom. It'll flex when loaded and the wires will pop off due to fatigue rather soon.
I used far sturdier freezer wire baskets back in the days when I had a paper route, and still killed them off regularly.
Try finding a plywood sheet, or even better, a big enough plastic carving board to cover the whole bottom. Install between rack and basket. Fasten the board to the rack, then the basket to the board at several points along the sides.
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There's not really much basket to that basket, OP. You could line it with coroplast (old corrugated plastic signs) retained by zip ties (edit: like already posted in #4).

I recommend Wald baskets.
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Coroplast was my thought as well. There are still election signs littering some of the roads around here. I would cut rectangular panels, punch holes in the edges/corners and ziptie them to the basket.

For $1 you probably shouldn't worry about durability, but dabac is right, if you want it to be sturdy, you might consider affixing it to a plywood platform on the bottom.
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