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Old 01-22-17, 06:39 AM
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DIY touring bicycle basket

Hello cyclo tourists!

I have never had a bicycle basket before but when I saw my friend using one, I immediately knew that I had to have one for my travels! Instead of buying a commercial one, I built a heavy duty one out of broomsticks and rope! Building one was relatively easy, the designing took some time though. It had to be safer and more durable than a commercial one. It was designed for touring in mind.

I did test it in a 4 days trip in a Greek Island through gravel roads and heavy winds and I have to say that once you try one you can't go back! It's SUPER useful!

I 've made some instructions here if you are interested.
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Old 01-22-17, 11:35 AM
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I didn't read the whole thing but very nice! I love DIY stuff.

Only thing I may suggest (based on me not reading it all, lol) is to explain the reasoning for the polyester rope. For many, aesthetics is just as important as function and they may not realize the differences in rope characteristics.
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Great DIY basket. I like the way you are having fun and being creative with your projects.
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Originally Posted by zze86 View Post
I didn't read the whole thing but very nice! I love DIY stuff.

Only thing I may suggest (based on me not reading it all, lol) is to explain the reasoning for the polyester rope. For many, aesthetics is just as important as function and they may not realize the differences in rope characteristics.
This rope choice is not mandatory actually, either material would work. I happen to use polyester rope, I think they are more tough when it comes to the everyday use.

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Originally Posted by Happy Feet View Post
Great DIY basket. I like the way you are having fun and being creative with your projects.
I am really glad you like it
It's amazing how the bicycle can inspire someone to be creative with DIY stuff
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Originally Posted by MightyLegnano View Post
This rope choice is not mandatory actually, either material would work. I happen to use polyester rope, I think they are more tough when it comes to the everyday use.
I was kind of going more in the direction of: While the use of a polyester rope may not be necessary (there are other synthetic variants like nylon or polypropylene), it would not be a good idea to use a natural fiber rope like one made out of hemp. While they can be more aesthetically pleasing, they are not as UV resistant as the synthetics which can lead to dry rot.
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Originally Posted by zze86 View Post
I was kind of going more in the direction of: While the use of a polyester rope may not be necessary (there are other synthetic variants like nylon or polypropylene), it would not be a good idea to use a natural fiber rope like one made out of hemp. While they can be more aesthetically pleasing, they are not as UV resistant as the synthetics which can lead to dry rot.
Oh ok, I see. Yes, you are right. I am going to add any synthetic rope could work!
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I applaud your DIY attitude!

I've been pondering bike baskets in general lately, and I wonder if bike baskets will be the next accessory that the industry will take to the next level?
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Does it rattle?
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Originally Posted by NoControl View Post
I applaud your DIY attitude!

I've been pondering bike baskets in general lately, and I wonder if bike baskets will be the next accessory that the industry will take to the next level?
I've used front baskets and really like their versatility. I like being able to drop a drybag in but also an extra water bottle, camera, some bananas and my bear spray.

The only down side is packability when traveling on airlines and such though there are always solutions. They have folding rear baskets so maybe a folding front one might sell?

I kinda like old school and am not much into quick release gadgets but there is a good niche for people with town bikes that detach the basket to go shopping and then attach it (with goods) to ride home again.

As they say: A lovely application.

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I applaud your DIY attitude!

I've been pondering bike baskets in general lately, and I wonder if bike baskets will be the next accessory that the industry will take to the next level?
That's a very interesting question. It looks like the industry (or people rather) re-appreciate the vintage things in cycling (e.g. cycling caps). So, yes, my opinion is that baskets will be introduced again as the new essential cycling accessory
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Originally Posted by Squeezebox View Post
Does it rattle?
Not at all. I forgot it was there after a while
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