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Old 07-30-08, 07:07 AM
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A pumpkin pushed me over the edge. Really.

I resisted the milk crate solution for a long time. I already look nerdy with my panniers and reflective goodies... to the point that my roadie brother refuses to ride with me. So I tried not to do the milk crate thing... really... I did.

But resistance is futile.

As I rolled my bike into my office yesterday morning, a coworker laughed and said "OK... I wanna see how this is going to work!"

And sitting on my desk was a nice gift... a 20 pound pumpkin. Uh-oh. How am I going to get this thing home? I looked around the office for something sturdy to strap onto the rack and hold this big orange monstrosity for the 10 mile ride home.

Here's the result:


It's not QUITE a milk crate, but it's close... and boy is it handy! I guess I'm beyond help now, huh? Who else is still holding out? C'mon... you want a crate... admit it!
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Old 07-30-08, 07:20 AM
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Baskets are a little less "hobo" and function just the same. Get a nice big basket and attach it to your rack. Then put a baguette and a bottle of wine in it and ride around on your new classy basket-ed bike. The basket has to be wire, and it has to be silver. That is the classiest solution.
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Originally Posted by FKMTB07 View Post
Baskets are a little less "hobo" and function just the same. Get a nice big basket and attach it to your rack. Then put a baguette and a bottle of wine in it and ride around on your new classy basket-ed bike. The basket has to be wire, and it has to be silver. That is the classiest solution.
Absolutely! A nice Wald basket would be great.

The emergency shopping sequence has been initiated!
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Is that one of those rotating warning lights like found on the top of a construction vehicle on the top rear of your rack?
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Dude, that's hilarious. I hope you strapped that thing down, or the Great Pumpkin might come after you.
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Is that one of those rotating warning lights like found on the top of a construction vehicle on the top rear of your rack?
Rotating warning light? Bah! A simple spinny-type light is not nearly high tech enough for a nerd engineer...

That, my friend is a Xenon strobe light. When I apply the juice, I have a little piece of the sun flashing back there. And all for the low low price of $9.95 at allelectronics.com!

It ensures that I'll be seen out there... I can guarantee that if I get hit by a car, it's not because the driver didn't see me. It's because he knows me!
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Old 07-30-08, 08:15 AM
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That looks like just the thing for those one-bushel bags of apples I buy at the market.
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You, my friend are awesome! I'm glad my co-workers don't taunt me like yours do. That's funny
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Mmmmm, pumpkin pie!




Nice crate by the way.
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BTW... does anyone have some good pumpkin recipes? I seem to have 20 pounds of the stuff to use up...
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love it!
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Ha, that's awesome. Oh and i'm a hold-out too, but so far my pannier and trunk rack is enough room even for a grocery shop.
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Originally Posted by Hydrated View Post
Rotating warning light? Bah! A simple spinny-type light is not nearly high tech enough for a nerd engineer...

That, my friend is a Xenon strobe light. When I apply the juice, I have a little piece of the sun flashing back there.
So let me get this straight... you have a tail light that makes your bike look like a traffic cone, but you didn't want to put a milk crate on the rack because that would be too dorky?

I think your fashion priorities are a little out of whack. ;-)
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So let me get this straight... you have a tail light that makes your bike look like a traffic cone, but you didn't want to put a milk crate on the rack because that would be too dorky?

I think your fashion priorities are a little out of whack. ;-)


OK... great point!
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Originally Posted by FKMTB07 View Post
Baskets are a little less "hobo" and function just the same. Get a nice big basket and attach it to your rack. Then put a baguette and a bottle of wine in it and ride around on your new classy basket-ed bike. The basket has to be wire, and it has to be silver. That is the classiest solution.
I had one of these when I was a kid... on my single speed Schwinn. The best part was that my brother could ride on the top of basket rack and put his feet into each one of the baskets on either side.
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Mmmmm, pumpkin pie!




Nice crate by the way.
Dude you beat me to the Homer reference except I was looking at the downtube shifters...
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I'm jealous... I wish my ghetto milk crate had Coke labels on it :-)
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I'm on my 3rd All Electronics strobe now. They don't put up with repeated shocks from the gravel roads I ride. The first two both had their capacitors ripped out of the boards, and you can't open them to repair them and still reseal them. Still, they're a good solution if you have 12v on board.
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that cola flat is sick!!! I'm using that - way more cool (and functional) than the crate on my utility bike

You're a genius
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Dude you beat me to the Homer reference except I was looking at the downtube shifters...
Sorry, my Mom makes the most awesome pumpkin pie ever so it was a bit of a flashback. You can have the next Homer J. though
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That's it! Lunch time!

BTW, your bike looks awesome. The pumpkin and the drink rack look great!

(When I first read the thread title, I was worried you'd run yourself off the road avoiding a pumpkin.)
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I hope there were no bumps on your commute!

That is sweet though. It actualy doesn't look anywhere near as bad as my imagination would think.

Really nice looking bike, btw.
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My bike has/had a crate! I took it off last night. It hits my butt when I am riding!
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Now secure that squash with a few bungee cords and you're good to go!
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Originally Posted by Hydrated View Post
BTW... does anyone have some good pumpkin recipes? I seem to have 20 pounds of the stuff to use up...
punkin bread, punkin soup, punkin cookies, punkin pie, chicken-fried punkin, punkin ice-cream, coconut punkin...
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